Breast lift (mastopexy) is performed to return breasts to their youthful shape and lift to breasts that have sagged as a result of weight loss, pregnancy, or the effects of aging and gravity.
The procedure can also reduce areolar size (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), and it can be combined with breast augmentation for added breast volume and firmness. Women planning to have children are advised to postpone surgery, since pregnancy and nursing can counteract its effects by stretching the skin.
During the procedure an anchor-shaped incision is made from the location of the new nipple down to and around the crease beneath the breast. The surgeon removes excess skin, relocates the nipple and areola, and reshapes the breast before closing the incisions with stitches. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia in our onsite surgery center.
Recovery time is typically 2-6 weeks.
If you feel as though you might benefit from a breast lift, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Boudreault at our convenient Palo Alto location.