Learn About Mastopexy in the Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr, and Newtown Square Areas
A breast lift, otherwise known as a mastopexy, can restore the youthful shape and contour of breasts that women find sag or droop after aging, pregnancy, and changes in weight. A breast lift procedure involves:
- raising your breasts higher on your chest
- reshaping your breasts and eliminating excess tissue
- moving your nipples into a more youthful position
- reducing the size of your areola, if necessary
A breast lift alone addresses your breasts' projection, so if your breasts have lost volume, or you would like to increase your breast size, a mastopexy can be combined with a breast augmentation at the same time. Talk to Dr. Laura Gowen about which procedure or procedures would be best for your unique situation.
What Does a Breast Lift Involve?
A mastopexy is usually an outpatient procedure that does not require an overnight stay in the hospital. Recovery time varies based upon the extent of the procedure, but you can typically resume normal daily activity within 10 to 14 days.
During your office consultation, we will discuss where incisions will be made on your breast and what size you aim to be at the end of the procedure. The procedure itself involves removing excess breast skin, tightening the remaining skin to improve shape, and moving the nipples to a more youthful height on the breast. If an increase in breast size is desired, we will place a breast implant during the procedure as well.
The scars that result from this procedure will depend on the amount of initial breast droop and final breast size, but will typically appear around the areola and on the lower portion of the breast. These are placed so they won't show when you are wearing a bra or bathing suit, and fade over time.
Final Words on a Breast Lift in Philadelphia
A breast lift can restore a youthful shape and contour to your breasts. During your consultation, we will discuss your goals for size, options for incision placement, and typical recovery. Patients of a variety of ages are typically very happy after deciding to undergo a breast lift.
While many patients choose to get implants to increase their breast size, some opt for smaller breasts for reasons of aesthetics or physical comfort. A breast reduction is another option to discuss.