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Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Factors such as pregnancy, nursing, weight loss or gain, and the natural aging process can cause breasts to lose their firmness and shape. Our plastic surgeon performs breast lift to raise and reshape sagging breasts. Breast lift can also reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). Breast lift patients who want to enhance both firmness and size can choose to have breast implants as well.

"The first time I met the staff at Dr. Trevisani's office I was certain I had found the right place. They have a very warm and inviting atmosphere that made all of my worries and concerns melt away. Throughout the entire process they were professional and courteous. I couldn't be happier with my results. What can I say, they look great!"

- Tampa, Florida
*Individual Results May Vary

Breast Lift Techniques and Procedures

Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani performs a range of breast lift (Mastopexy) techniques, each with their own benefits and advantages. Some patients may be experiencing more subtle signs of breast ptosis (sagginess in the breasts) and may therefore need less invasive breast lift surgery to attain their goals. Others may be experiencing more severe signs of breast sagginess, and could require a more invasive breast lift technique to meet their needs.

The following breast lift techniques are some of the options Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani offers for his patients. During your initial consultation, he will discuss the various techniques with you and help you determine which may be the best option for you.

Crescent Mastopexy (Half-Moon Incision)

Crescent Mastopexy is often ideal for women who only have mild breast sagging. This is the least invasive Mastopexy technique, and is typically a good option for women who have excess skin in the top portion of the breasts. An incision resembling a half-moon shape will be made on the upper part of the areola (the dark-pigmented area surrounding the nipple). Extra skin and tissue is removed, and once the incision is sutured together, the breasts can look more firm and youthful. Crescent Mastopexy can be combined with breast augmentation to provide you with added volume in addition to more youthful-looking breasts.

Peri-Areolar (Doughnut) Mastopexy

Commonly known as a Doughnut Mastopexy, a Peri-Areolar breast lift involves incisions made around the areola, followed by the removal of excess skin. The nipples are then moved to a higher position. This gives the breasts a firmer, more “perky” appearance. A Doughnut Mastopexy can be very effective for women who have slight asymmetry in the appearance of the breasts and/or nipples. This procedure is not ideal for patients who are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed. Breast implants can be combined with Peri-Areolar Mastopexy for added fullness in the breasts.

“Lollipop” Mastopexy

The “Lollipop” Mastopexy, or Vertical Breast Lift, can be a good option for women who have medium-sized breasts and are experiencing moderate to severe sagginess in the breasts. This breast lift technique can also be effective for women who have large breasts but more subtle signs of breast ptosis. Incisions resembling the shape of a lollipop are made around the areola down to the breast crease. Excess skin is then removed, and the remainder is tightened. The “Lollipop” Mastopexy is typically performed in women who may be showing pronounced signs of droopiness in the breasts, but do not need a Full Mastopexy procedure to obtain significant improvement. A “Lollipop” Mastopexy can be performed in conjunction with a breast enlargement procedure to give your breasts added volume and fullness.

Full Mastopexy – Anchor/Wise Pattern/Inverted T-incision

A Full Mastopexy is designed to improve significant signs of drooping and sagging in the breasts. It is the most traditional breast lift technique. Also known as an Anchor Mastopexy, a Wise Pattern Mastopexy, and an Inverted T-Incision Mastopexy, this procedure involves anchor-shaped incisions that begin around the areola and follow down to the breast crease and along the breast fold. Next, excess skin and tissue are removed and the bustline is tightened and lifted. The nipple and areola are moved to a higher position, and the surrounding skin is brought down to reshape and firm up the breasts.

Breast Lift with Implants (Breast Augmentation Mastopexy)

Regardless of the mastopexy technique used, adding breast implants to the procedure can provide a more comprehensive rejuvenation for women who wish to increase the volume and improve the overall shape of the breasts in addition to a lift. This custom-tailored breast surgery combines the benefits of a breast lift with the benefits of breast augmentation for a fuller overall shape and more youthful breast position.

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Breast Lift Recovery

All breast lift procedures are performed under general anesthesia and usually take one and a half to three and a half hours to complete. Some techniques may take less time, depending on each patient’s unique physical needs.

After breast lift, your breasts will have gauze dressings and a supportive bra will be applied. You can expect to experience swelling, bruising, and some minor discomfort after your breast lift procedure, but these side effects will subside within a few days. Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani and his staff will give you detailed instructions for resuming normal activities.

Breast Lift Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani has answered several of the most frequently asked questions about breast lift surgery to help our patients determine which procedure can best suit their needs and goals. If you would like to learn more, please reach out to our skilled medical team for additional information.

Who is a good candidate for a breast lift?

In addition to being in generally good health and being a nonsmoker, patients considering breast lift surgery should have mild, moderate, or severe breast ptosis (droop) and a desire for a fuller, more youthful appearance in this area. Many women are dissatisfied with their breasts due to sagging tissue, enlarged nipples and areolas, loss of volume, asymmetry, and other factors. Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani can help address many of these concerns by elevating the breasts to a higher position and eliminating excess skin. Areolas can also be made smaller and repositioned to sit more centrally. Regardless of your cosmetic goals, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani can provide advice and guidance tailored to your needs.

Will mastopexy make my breasts smaller?

Depending on the unique details of your treatment plan, breast lift surgery could lead to a reduction in breast tissue and size. If you would like to remain the same size or larger, or if you would like fuller, firmer breasts, implants can often help you achieve these goals. The latest breast implants offer the most natural-looking and feeling results yet, and there are a multitude of options available.

Can I get a breast lift without implants?

Absolutely. Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani is extensively trained in performing breast lift surgery without the use of implants, and he will personalize your treatment to optimize your outcome. Some women will experience a reduction in breast size after a mastopexy, although not all will. Our board certified plastic surgeon will provide details if this applies to you and give you a better idea what to expect from the result so you can make an informed decision about your care.

What will my scars look like?

We offer a wide range of mastopexy techniques, and the one chosen for your needs and goals will determine where your incisions are placed. Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani makes every effort to ensure your scars will be as inconspicuous as possible; however, they may never completely disappear. Most women are so happy with their results they report no dissatisfaction with the marks, which typically heal well and become fairly unnoticeable. If you like, we can also provide some advice on how to help the healing process to minimize scarring.

When can I return to my regular routine?

Recovery will be a little bit different for each patient. That said, most women will take about two weeks off from work and their regular schedule. This time frame may be adjusted if you receive more than one procedure at a time, such as tummy tuck surgery or another surgical treatment. Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani will go over what to expect during this period and provide post-operative instructions. Even after you return to your typical routine, you should avoid strenuous exercise and other intense activities for at least the first four to six weeks. Several follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your healing process, and we encourage you to ask any questions you may have. Bruising, tenderness, and swelling are normal and should subside with time. Usually after about a couple of months you should have a good idea of the final outcome.

Breast lift can correct a drooping bustline and restore your curves to their youthful beauty. If you would like to learn more about breast lift, contact the Aesthetic Surgery Centre today.