Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Breasts will descend and may lose volume through time due to many factors. Many women choose to turn back time and seek a breast lift to address breast descent and improve overall breast shape. Patients will meet with Dr. Barker and decide on an individualized surgical plan to bring their breasts back to their youthful position and shape.
- Personal Consultation
- Breast lift (also known as a mastopexy) addresses not only the natural descent of a woman’s breasts, but also improves the overall shape of the breast. There are numerous techniques available to perform a breast lift. Patients will have an individualized plan based on their goals and desired outcomes discussed with Dr. Barker.
Breast Lift Overview and Expectations
- Goals of surgery
- Improving breast position and shape according to the patient’s individual needs. Depending on the patient’s goals and expectations, additional procedures may be recommended. This may range from implant placement to fat transfer (provide link to combination breast lift and aug page). Patients will have a predetermined surgical and recovery plan to ensure this process is as comfortable as possible.
- Incisions used for the breast lift procedure depend on the technique used. They can range from a circular (around the nipple areolar complex), short vertical, and full “anchor.” Each of these techniques address a variety of problems and will be decided upon by the patient and Dr. Barker.
- Anesthesia: General Anesthesia by a highly trained anesthesia provider
- Length: Typically around 1-2 hours
- Post Operative Care
- Incisions will be closed with dissolvable sutures, and covered with a sterile surgical dressing. The dressings will remain in place until the first post operative visit (one week after surgery).
- Patients will be placed in a comfortable no-wire surgical bra. Depending on the extent of the lift, the bra will be recommended for the first 6 weeks of recovery.
- Typically patients will feel slight discomfort in their breasts for the first 3 to 5 days following surgery. The discomfort will continue to improve daily and most patients are able to return to work within 3 to 5 days after surgery. Typically only over the counter medications (Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen) are needed for pain control.
- Patients will continue to avoid strenuous activity for the first 4-6 weeks following surgery. Patients will typically be fully healed at 3 months with increased activity starting at 6 weeks postoperatively.
- Swelling is expected during the first 2 to 3 months after surgery, and typically resolves by 6 months.
- Day 3 to 5: Discomfort Improving, Able to Return to Work
- Day 7: First post operative visit, Dressing removal, Weaned off Pain Medications
- 3 weeks: Second post operative visit, begin scar therapy if indicated
- 6 weeks: Third post operative visit, begin increasing physical activity
- 6 months: Follow Up
- 1 year: Follow Up
(The surgical timeline is subject to change based upon the patient’s individualized surgical plan)