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Breast Lift

What is a Mastopexy?

As we age, our tissues lose elasticity and descend with time. In many women, especially after pregnancy or fluctuations in weight, the breasts can bottom out losing their youthful appearance. A breast lift is a surgical procedure that restores the shape and appearance of the breast by removing excess skin and repositioning the nipple and areola into an aesthetically pleasing position.

Beast Lift

Why is a breast lift performed?

  • A breast lift is most performed in woman who have drooping breasts (ptosis) and wish to restore a youthful breast appearance

  • A breast lift can also be performed in patients with significant breast asymmetries whether congenital, as a result of breast cancer, or trauma


Types of Breast Lift:


Breast lift procedures are distinguished by incision type:

  • Peri-areolar: around the top half of the areola

  • Circumareolar: around the entire areola

  • Circumvertical (Lolli-pop): around the areola and vertically below the areola in the mid-aspect of the breast

  • Wise pattern (Anchor): around the areola, vertically below the areola and horizontal along the inferior breast border


Each incision pattern has its own indications and benefits and may not be applicable for every patient. Dr. Diaconu can help design the best treatment plan for you based on your individual aesthetic goals and physical characteristics.


Adjunct procedures:

  • Some patients with dropping breasts also wish to increase their breast size. In these cases, an implant is placed at the same time of the breast lift. This procedure is referred to as an augmentation-mastopexy

  • Commonly liposuction of the axillary roll (under arm fat) is performed to enhance breast shape


How to prepare:

  • Stable weight

  • Smoking cessation

  • Avoid blood thinning medications


What to expect:

  • Most patients go home the same day of surgery

  • After surgery, you will wake up in the recovery unit. Dr. Diaconu performs a local block to make your recovery as comfortable as possible. You will have a surgical bra to provide compression to assist with post-operative swelling

  • You will be encouraged to walk at home and to refrain from strenuous activity for 4 to 6 weeks

  • By one week, most patients have minimal discomfort and can return to work if no strenuous activity is required

  • Over the next several weeks your swelling will resolve, and your final breast shape will settle in

  • Dr. Diaconu will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions and will meet with you regularly throughout your entire recovery

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