7 things you didn’t know about the breast lift procedure

7 things you didn’t know about the breast lift procedure

16th Oct 2017

Unfortunately, we lose skin elasticity as we age. Weight fluctuations, pregnancies and breastfeeding, genetic factors and hormonal fluctuations have a direct effect on our bodies, especially when it comes to women and their breasts.

Mastopexy, also known as a breast lift, is usually performed for aesthetic reasons. The purpose of the intervention is to reestablish the youthfulness of the breasts. A breast lift procedure eliminates the excess skin, lifts the nipple-areola complex, and remodels existing mammary tissue. For patients who have suffered a significant loss of breast volume, the intervention can also be used to insert an implant to improve breast shape and position. There are also medical recommendations for this surgical intervention when the patient is suffering from breast asymmetry.

While it is a commonly performed procedure nowadays, there are still some things that patients need to know about the breast lift procedure. These are:

1. You can self-diagnose breast ptosis

Before considering the breast lift, it is important to check if you really need a mastopexy intervention or not. A simple method to establish if this procedure is necessary is the pencil test. Hold a pencil under your breast. If your breast can keep the pencil in place, breast ptosis might be present. A plastic surgeon can recommend the optimal treatment for your case.

The surgeon will evaluate the stage of the mammary ptosis to determine the type of procedure that is suitable for you. There are three stages of breast ptosis: minor, moderate, and severe. The stage of breast ptosis is determined by the position of the areola compared to the inframammary fold. Generally speaking, a minor breast ptosis is present when the areola and the inframammary fold are at the same level. If the areola is 1-2 cm lower than the inframammary fold, the breasts have a moderate ptosis. In the case of severe ptosis, the areola can be located 2-3 cm under the inframammary fold and facing downward.

2. Breast ptosis occurs with age regardless of breast size

With time, the breasts are subject to change due to genetic factors, the natural aging process, pregnancies and breastfeeding, weight, and hormonal fluctuations. All these changes have an irreversible action on the breasts, reducing their vitality and appeal. The breast lift surgery is the ideal solution for women whose breasts are either too big or has gone through changes over time. In most cases, the areolas are face down or increase their diameter, sometimes changing the size and shape of the breasts. The breast lift is recommended to restore the shape of the bust. While breast ptosis might occur earlier for women with large breasts, it can impact all women with age, whatever the size of their breasts might be.

3. The breast lift is rarely performed as a standalone intervention

Nowadays, the vast majority of women are keen to choose different surgical methods to erase the signs of aging. During a mammary lift, the plastic surgeon will remove the excess skin, offering the breasts a tight and firm aspect. The results are visible immediately and the shape of the breasts is significantly improved as they are also lifted to an ascending position that is in harmony with the patient’s body.

However, the breast lift is commonly performed in association with a breast augmentation or a breast reduction. When performing just the breast lift, the breasts can look much smaller once the excess skin is removed. This is why many patients choose to have implant surgery at the same time.

4. Breast ptosis can’t always be corrected with implants

Many people tend to believe that if they have a breast implant surgery, the breasts sagginess will be corrected by default. In many cases, a breast lift is required when implants are inserted. If you have a moderate or severe breast ptosis, undergoing a breast augmentation procedure without a lifting would just result in having larger, more sagging breasts.

5. The compressive bra is mandatory after the breast lift procedure

Even during the initial consultation, a responsible plastic surgeon will make sure to let the patient know that a compressive bra is mandatory after the intervention. The girdle is meant to help by reducing the swelling, preventing blood and fluid accumulation on the incision sites, and also plays a supportive role for the breasts during the recovery period.

The results of the intervention are highly dependent on the patient wearing the compressive bra. If the patient does not wear it for the amount of time required, the results won’t be as satisfactory.

6. The pain after surgery is negligible

Some patients postpone coming to the clinic for a long time as they are concerned with the amount of pain they will feel after the surgery. It is important for the patients to be aware of the fact that the pain after the intervention can be easily controlled with the help of medication. In most cases, we are talking about a mild pain, and the sensation experienced is more of a tension in the breasts.

7. The final results can be assessed at least three months after the surgery

Your breasts will be elevated with a youthful shape immediately after the intervention. However, the final shape and position will only stabilize after three months. When considering a breast lift with implants, it takes a while for the implants to descend to their normal position. Scars might need as long as 9 months to 1 year to fully heal. It is important to wait for the body to recover and for the incisions to fully heal before undergoing strenuous physical activities. The appearance of the scars is an important part of the success of the intervention.


The breast lift is one of the most requested plastic surgery interventions, especially by women who have lost a lot of weight or have had multiple pregnancies. There is no age limit for the breast lift surgery as breast sagginess can occur from the teenage years and even more in mature patients. The firmness and shape of the breasts can be restored with the help of this intervention.

For women who want to get pregnant after undergoing the breast lift procedure, they should be aware of the fact that it is possible for pregnancy to diminish the effects of the procedure.

It is important to keep in mind that a breast lift surgery won’t increase the size of the breasts. The mastopexy intervention can play a major role in changing the position and the shape of the breasts. For patients who also desire a change in terms of breast size, they can choose to undergo a breast augmentation at the same time. However, the breast augmentation procedure doesn’t make the breast lift surgery redundant. Breast augmentation with implants can only correct a minor sagginess of the breasts. When discussing moderate and severe sagginess, the breast lift surgery is essential to be performed in association with the breast augmentation to provide impressive results that will last over time.

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