Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

The mastopexy, or breast lift, is a procedure designed to correct the gradual sagging (or ptosis) of the breast and nipple that occur with aging and as a result of pregnancy and breastfeeding. These natural processes result in atrophy, or shrinkage, of the breast tissue, leaving a relative excess of skin and allowing the nipple to move downward on the breast. The primary goal of this procedure is to raise the nipple back to its youthful position and to lift and tighten the skin of the breast around the atrophied breast tissue.

There are a number of ways in which a mastopexy can be performed. However, every mastopexy technique will leave a scar on the breast. Breasts with only slight ptosis can be treated with techniques that leave minimal scars (e.g. just on the edge of the areola), while those with more severe ptosis will require techniques that leave more extensive scars. In general, these more extensive types of mastopexy techniques leave scars that go around the areola and extend vertically down to the fold beneath the breast. In some cases, an additional horizontal scar may be necessary within the fold beneath the breast, in an “inverted-T” pattern. Regardless of which particular technique is used, the incisions are designed to camoflauge or hide the scars so that they are as unobtrusive as possible.

Mastopexy may be combined with other procedures. For example, in some cases, an augmentation of the breast with an implant is done simultaneously. Mastopexy is also often done together with an abdominoplasty or with liposuction.

In your consultation, Dr. Muzaffar will counsel you about the best mastopexy technique for you based on your individual anatomy and the goals you hope to achieve with the surgery. He will also carefully review what you can do after surgery to help achieve the best possible scars and shape.