MUSC Advanced Breast Reconstruction program

Mastopexy (breast lift)

As breasts get older and go through pregnancy or weight loss, they may be prone to sagging (ptosis). Because your reconstructed breast will be “new,” you may need a breast lift (mastopexy) on your preserved breast for the sake of consistency and balance.

Mastopexy rejuvenates breasts by elevating and reshaping them. An incision is made around the areola and extends vertically beneath this toward the crease under the breast. The nipple is not removed – it will be moved to a new, higher position – but the excess skin above and below the nipple is removed, and the breast is reshaped. If you are happy with the size of your breasts, but they are sagging, then a breast lift may be an appropriate surgery for you.

Breast lift surgery can be done in one hour on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia. You may experience temporary swelling, numbness and bruising during recovery.  Most women return back to work in one to two weeks and resume normal activities in six weeks. Risks include bleeding, scarring, infection, loss of sensation in breasts and nipples and the need for additional procedures.

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