Aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, and other conditions can cause sagging breasts, or ptosis. This condition can be resolved with breast lift surgery, or mastopexy. Dr. Barry Silberg is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with over 30 years of experience and is proud to offer mastopexy procedures to residents of Santa Rosa CA (as well as those from out of town) who seek a breast lift. This procedure can dramatically improve your body contour and your self image.
Breast lift surgery may involve raising the breasts and removing excess skin and tightening of the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the breast. It can also reduce an enlarged areola, which can sometimes occur as we get older. A breast lift can rejuvenate your figure with a breast profile that is more youthful and uplifted.
While breast lift surgery will lift sagging breasts, it does not significantly change the size of your breasts or round out the upper part of your breast. If you want your breasts to look fuller, consider breast lift with breast augmentation surgery. If you want smaller breasts, consider combining breast lift with breast reduction surgery.
Candidates for Breast Life Surgery (Mastopexy)
You may be a candidate for breast lift surgery (mastopexy) if:
- you feel your beasts are sagging or have lost their shape
- your nipples have fallen below the breast crease or are pointing downward
- you have enlarged areolas
- one breast is lower than the other.
- It is best if you are maintaining a stable weight
As with any surgical procedure, it's a big plus for candidates who are non-smokers and who maintain good habits for nutrition and fitness.
Procedure for Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy)
This procedure is done under either conscious sedation or general anesthesia by an anesthesiologist and is determined on a case-by-case basis. This often depends on whether the procedure is done alone or whether it is accompanied with another procedure such as a breast augmentation or a breast reduction.
There are different incision patterns and techniques that Dr. Silberg can use for a breast lift procedure and the optimum choice will depend are your particular situation. The decision will be based on breast size, shape, position of areolas, degree of sagging and skin quality and elasticity.
There are three common incision patterns:
- Around the areola
- Around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease
- Around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease
After Dr. Silberg makes the incisions, the underlying tissue is lifted and reshaped to improve breast contour and firmness. The nipple and areola are repositioned to a position that is consistent with a more youthful appearance. If necessary, Dr. Silberg with reduce enlarged areolas by excising skin at the perimeter. Excess breast skin is removed.
After the lift is completed, the incisions are closed. Some incision lines will be concealed in the breast contours, but others will be visible. Incision lines are permanent, but most will fade over time. Dr. Silberg will discuss with you the incision options for you that will minimize visible scarring.
Breast tissue will be sutured in layers to support the newly contoured breasts. Sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape may be used to close the skin.
Recovery from Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy)
After surgery, you will be taken to recovery and carefully monitored. Dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions after the procedure. You’ll need to wear an elastic bandage or support bra to support the breasts and minimize swelling during recovery. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess fluid.
You will be released to go home after an hour or two. You must have a ride home after your surgery and you should plan on having someone stay with you through the first day.
Before leaving, you will be given specific instructions for aftercare and follow-up. These instructions will also be provided to the person taking you home. After you have gone home, Dr. Silberg will be on call 24/7 to respond to any concerns should they arise.
You should plan for restricted activity for three weeks post-surgery.
Learn More about Breast Lift Surgery
If you are interested in learning more about mastopexy, contact the Santa Rosa CA office of Dr. Barry Silberg to schedule an appointment for a free breast consultation. You will be thoroughly educated about your options so that you can make a well-informed decision. Call our office at (707) 528-0911 or submit our confidential online form.