Time, gravity and pregnancy all have a significant effect on a woman’s breasts. As a result, many women in their thirties and forties find that their breasts have lost their youthful shape. In addition, as women age they find that their breasts have dropped in their position on the chest wall, have become looser and have lost volume. A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, can return a woman’s breasts to a firmer, more youthful shape. The procedure also improves the position of the breast tissue and the location of the nipple relative to the chest wall.
A mastopexy is able to rejuvenate the breasts by removing loose, excess skin and tightening the breast tissue. The size of the areola is commonly reduced during this procedure since the areola tends to stretch with the surrounding skin. If a woman desires larger breasts in addition to improving the shape and overall appearance, an augmentation can either be performed at the same time or several months later.
A mastopexy is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and can take approximately two to three hours. Most patients can return to work within a week or two following their procedure.
Excessively large breasts can negatively impact a woman both physically and emotionally. Symptoms include chronic back pain, rashes, poor posture, low self-esteem and restricted physical activity. Many women seek treatment to reduce the painful effects of their large breasts, while also improving their self-confidence and overall quality of life. Also known as a reduction mammaplasty, a breast reduction reduces the size of large, unequal and disproportionate breasts by removing excess breast tissue and skin. The remaining tissue is reshaped into a younger appearing, better proportioned breast. The result is a more desirable appearance and often relief from the physical and emotional symptoms.
The results of a breast reduction are visible immediately. In general, women report a high level of satisfaction with the appearance of their breasts and with the improvement in their lives.