At Hattiesburg Clinic Plastic Surgery, our physicians offer a variety of reconstructive and cosmetic procedures including breast lifts. Also known as a mastopexy, a breast lift is designed to raise and firm the breast by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. It can also be performed with breast augmentation to increase breast size.
Breast lifts are popular, yet slightly complex procedures. They are performed under general anesthesia and typically take one to three hours.
Incisions can be made under the nipple (peri-areolar) or in an anchor shape, depending on the degree of the lift. Excess skin will then be removed, and the nipple and areola will be lifted to a higher position on the breast. Patients typically do not experience sensation loss after a breast lift, since the nipple and areola remain connected to the underlying breast tissue, nerve and blood supply.
Many of our patients who elect for a breast lift come to us with sagging, drooping breasts due to age and gravity. Patients with both large breasts and smaller breasts can benefit from this surgery. However, patients with smaller breasts typically experience longer-lasting results. Those with larger breasts work against the results over a period of time.
Additionally, patients who plan to become pregnant should postpone the mastopexy until after pregnancy and breastfeeding, since both can stretch the breast tissue.
After a breast lift, patients can expect some bruising, soreness and swelling. All patients will wear a surgical bra for a prescribed amount of time by our surgeons – and any pain experienced can be treated with a prescription.
Depending on the swelling, a patient may have to wear an athletic bra until the mastopexy swelling subsides. Additionally, heavy lifting can cause increased pressure on the breasts and should be avoided. Stitches will be removed within a week or two, and patients should be able to return to work within a week.
Many of our patients have experienced a renewed sense of self-confidence with lifted and more youthful-looking breasts. To see what types of results are possible with a breast lift, click on our link below for a gallery of before and after photos.
A breast lift is a very individualized procedure and varies based on the needs and desires of the patient. If you are interested in having a breast lift, we recommend setting up a one-on-one consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to walk you through any questions or concerns. To schedule a consultation, please call our office at 601-261-3690.
Hattiesburg Clinic Plastic Surgery offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Mississippi including Hattiesburg, Forrest County, Lamar County, Laurel, Meridian and the Pine Belt. Our board-certified plastic surgeons, David J. Gray, MD; Richard A. Pecunia, MD, FACS; Petra R. Schneider-Redden, MD, FACS; and William O. “Trey” Thomas, III, MD, FACS are committed to providing quality care.