Mastopexy (breast lift surgery) with breast augmentation is a combination procedure that lifts sagging breasts while increasing their size and enhancing their shape. Aging, pregnancy, weight loss and gravity can all cause breasts to sag. When sagging cannot be corrected by implants alone, we may recommend augmentation mastopexy. During breast lift surgery, excess skin is trimmed away, supporting tissue is tightened, the breasts are “lifted” to sit higher on the chest, and the nipple and areola are repositioned or resized. By adding augmentation with implants to the procedure, the breasts can also be made larger
Good candidates for augmentation mastopexy have sagging breasts that have lost fullness at the top. A woman who chooses to undergo an augment/mastopexy wants firm, more youthful breasts, and has one or more of the following conditions:
A woman planning to have (more) children should not undergo augmentation mastopexy because pregnancy and nursing can counteract its benefits.
For a few days following augmentation mastopexy, patients are likely to have bruising, soreness, and swelling (that may last for several weeks). Breasts are usually wrapped in an elastic bandage or a surgical bra for about a week; a support bra is then worn continuously for a month. Most patients return to work within a week.