Breast Lift


Breast Lift

Breast Lift, Mastopexy, Breast Reshaping

The connective tissues that connect the breast tissue to the anterior thoracic wall get loose, and commonly this is accompanied by a reduction in the volume of the breast. Breast skin remains loose, and the nipple sags.

The degree of the sagging is determined based on the appearance seen when viewed from the side, by considering the relationship between the inframammary fold, where the breast meets the anterior thoracic wall, and the nipple as well as the breast tissue below it. Normally, the nipple should be at a higher position than the inframammary fold. The sagging can be defined as a mild, moderate or advanced sagging (ptosis), depending on the sagging degree of the nipple below the level of the inframammary fold.

The distance between the nipple and the collarbone, known also as the sternum notch, is one of the measures that indicate the degree of sagging, as well (normally 21 cm on the average).

The volume of a sagging breast may be normal, more than normal, or less than normal. If the volume is more than normal, a breast reduction surgery is performed. In breasts with normal volume, only the excess skin around the nipple is removed, and then the nipple is positioned in the appropriate place. And in sagging breasts with small volume, both augmentation with breast implants and breast lift operations are done. These two procedures can be carried out both during the same session and in two separate sessions.

Performing the breast augmentation and breast lift procedures during the same session requires experience. The blood circulation in the nipple may deteriorate.  Determining the right size for the breast implant to be used and arranging the breast skin in accordance with that implant are of critical importance.

Objectives of Breast Lift Surgery

  • To lift the nipple and the circular area around it
  • To reduce the amount of excess breast skin
  • To give a more aesthetic shape to the breast
  • To protect or increase the volume of the breast

Before Breast Lift Surgery

Before Breast Lift Surgery

An assessment should be made with regard to breast diseases. People who have risk factors, such as having a cancer history involving her first-degree relatives, having masses in the breasts that had previously been diagnosed as cancer, or being a women over 35 years of age, should be evaluated with mammography and ultrasonography.

Breast Lift Surgery

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia in operating room. Very limited interventions can be done under local anesthesia.
The surgery time ranges from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the operation done.

Mild sagging (ptosis):

A piece of skin is removed from around the nipple, and consequently a circular or crescent-shaped scar remains. If the breast has a small volume and a mild sagging, the problem can be solved with just a breast augmentation operation to be performed by placing a breast implant under the breast, without need for removing a part of skin.

Moderate sagging (ptosis):

A circular or elliptical part of skin is removed from around the nipple. If there is excessiveness or looseness in the lower part of the breast, a certain amount of skin is removed from that region, with intent to reshape the breast; and as a result, an additional scar extending downwards from a point under the nipple occurs.

Advanced sagging (ptosis):

Surgical techniques are used in such a way as to leave a scar in the shape of a straight line or inverted-T around and under the nipple.
At the end of the surgery, drains are installed to prevent hyperaemia formation (accumulation of blood) inside the breast.

After Breast Lift Surgery

The patient gets up and begins to take nourishment orally 4-6 hours after the Breast Lift surgery.
The patient stays in the hospital overnight.
The drains are removed the next day or 1-2 days later.
The patient is advised to use a special bra without strap, for a period of 3 months
The sutures are removed 5 days after the surgery, and then the patient can take shower.
The incision lines should be protected from direct sunlight, until they turn into skin color.
The surgical scars from breast lift surgery will gain their final appearance and turn into skin color within a year on average.

Breast Lift and Breastfeeding

Since the milk glands and ducts are substantially protected during Breast Lift surgeries, any breastfeeding problem is not encountered.

To get information about Breast Lift, Mastopexy, please fill out the contact form.

Prof. Dr. Cengiz Açıkel, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Specialist, Breast Lift, Mastopexy.

Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Lift

Why do Breasts Sag?
Objectives of Breast Lift Surgery
Before Breast Lift Surgery
After Breast Lift Surgery
Size of Breast Implant
Structure of Breast Implant
Shape of Breast Implant
Lifetime of Breast Implant
Breast Lift and Breastfeeding