Breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgery in which the breasts are lifted and tightened, and excess sagging skin is removed, recreating the appearance of firm, youthful breasts. Many women find that, due to aging or childbirth, their breasts have begun to sag, losing their elasticity and firmness, a condition also known as ptosis. A breast lift reverses this damage, essentially turning back the clock and recreating the appearance of ‘perky’ young breasts.
Depending on the specific problems to be addressed, a breast lift procedure may consist of discrete procedures that tighten skin to eliminate the sagging effect, reduce the size of the areola (the dark area of skin surrounding the nipple), and move the nipple higher up on the breast. In some cases, when there has been significant loss of breast tissue, a breast augmentation can be performed in conjunction with the breast lift.
In most breast lift procedures, the surgeon removes the excess skin that creates the sagging appearance, then raises the nipple so it is approximately even with the lower crease of the breast, creating the appearance of a more youthful breast. The breast lift procedure may be performed under general anesthesia or, in some more minor procedures, with local anesthesia and IV sedation.
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