MUSC Advanced Breast Reconstruction program


Your surgeon can give you a breast lift (mastopexy) to correct sagging (ptosis) due to genetics, pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. 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.

  • Surgery length: 2 hours, outpatient
  • Anesthesia: general
  • Recovery: temporary swelling, numbness and bruising
  • Back to work: 1-2 weeks
  • Resume normal activities: 6 weeks
  • Risks: bleeding, scarring, infection, uneven nipple position, loss of sensation in breasts and nipples

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