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Breast Lift

Breast Lift Santa Barbara

Women may experience sagging or ‘ptosis’ of their breasts.  This may be a normal process over time or be due to pregnancy, nursing or weight loss.  Sometimes, even younger women have sagging or other problems related to breast shape. A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a procedure that can be done to raise the nipple, reduce sagging, and reshape the breasts.

The procedure starts with the patient marked while standing.  The new nipple position is chosen and a pattern drawn on the breast that is followed during surgery.  The reason for doing the marking upright is that the nipple position changes when you are in the lying down position.

The excess skin is removed and the breast is shaped.  The new nipple position is achieved without removing the nipple, but by removing the surrounding skin.  The resultant scar depends upon the amount of lifting necessary, and the amount of extra skin that needs to be removed.  Sometimes the scar may be just around the nipple, but usually it is around the nipple and down (the “lollipop” incision) or also with an incision under the breast (the “anchor incision”)

If the patient also wants to be larger, an implant can be placed at the same time.  Usually the implant is placed under the muscle.
Tape is applied right after surgery to minimize movement of the breasts.   A surgical bra is then put in place.  Usually patients can shower 2 days after surgery and resume normal activity after just a few days. There may be minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication. A bra should be worn most of the time for several weeks to allow for healing. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given by the surgeon.   Possible risks include minor wound healing problems, thickened scars and nipple sensitivity changes.  A careful review of all the risks and benefits of mastopexy is reviewed at your initial consultation.