Breast Lift (Mastopexy) at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C.
Performed at our Atlanta, Alpharetta and Cumming, GA locations.
Breast lifts at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. are often recommended for women who wish to give their breasts a more lifted look after the effects of pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, gravity, heredity, and/or weight loss have caused their breasts to lose their natural fullness. Also called a mastopexy, breast lift surgery can restore a more youthful and lifted look to women with sagging breasts, stretched skin, and loss of breast volume.
During the breast lift procedure, excess skin is trimmed and supporting tissue is tightened to rejuvenate the position of the breast. The most common technique involves a limited or “short” scar procedure which avoids an incision under the breast. At times, an anchor shaped incision may be required to reshape the breast skin. After excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola (dark area of skin around the nipple) are moved to the appropriate position and the breast is reshaped. During this part of the surgery, your plastic surgeon can also reduce the size of the areola, a procedure known as an areolar reduction.
After a breast lift, the breasts will be in a higher position on the chest and will be tighter and firmer in appearance. However, a breast lift on its own cannot change the size of the breast. That is why breast lifts at Atlanta Plastic Surgery are often done in conjunction with a breast augmentation for women who wish for larger breasts; or in conjunction with a breast reduction for women who wish to reduce the size of their breasts. Breast lifts are common for women whose bodies have changed due to pregnancy. Also known as a mommy makeover, or post-maternity breast and body reshaping, women can opt to undergo a series of procedures such as a breast lift, a breast reduction or augmentation, liposuction and/or tummy tuck to help them reclaim the body that they had before the effects of pregnancy.
View Breast Lift photos and learn more about this procedure such as costs, risks, advanced techniques and frequently asked questions.
Can a breast lift be performed in conjunction with a breast augmentation or reduction?
Combining different breast procedures is actually quite common. Breast reductions typically include some form of lift in order to help redistribute fat and remove excess skin and women seeking only a breast lift often find that a small implant can help improve core volume and central projection. In either case, the breasts can then be reshaped by either removing sagging breast tissue and skin or grafting additional fat to the cleavage area for further refinement and to help equalize the breasts’ size and shape. Every woman’s needs are different, which is why breast enhancement procedures should always be carefully customized to each individuals specific needs.
Does a breast lift (mastopexy) procedure result in scarring?
Unfortunately, any time that an incision is made to the skin some form of scar will be left behind, but the goal of any plastic surgery procedure is always to keep those scars as small and faint as possible. Because a breast lift involves the removal of some excess, sagging skin and breast tissue, the scars that are left behind do tend to be slightly more extensive that those left behind after a breast augmentation procedure. A breast lift may potentially require a circular incision around the areola, a crescent-shaped incision underneath the breast, and a vertical incision connecting them. These incisions together form an “anchor-shaped” scar, but this can be easily concealed underneath a swimsuit or bra. Moreover, advanced surgical techniques may make it possible to achieve similar results using fewer and smaller incisions, depending on the individual needs of the patient. All scars naturally fade over time, and skin rejuvenation procedures like laser skin resurfacing help accelerate the natural healing process and can reduce or in some cases even remove redness caused by the scar.
How long will I need to recover from a breast lift?
Every patient is unique and individual healing times can vary significantly, but most women are able to return to work after breast lift surgery within 2 to 14 days after their procedure, depending on the amount of skin removed and what type of activity the patient intends to do. As with all surgical procedures, it is vital that patients carefully follow all after-care instructions and keep their scheduled follow up appointments in order to avoid possible complications and ensure the best possible breast lift results.
Breast Lift or mastopexy can be scheduled at our office locations in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Cumming / Forsyth, and Northside / Sandy Springs, Georgia. Surgeries are conducted at Northside, Piedmont, St Joseph’s, and Piedmont Fayette Hospitals.
The following doctors perform Breast Lift Surgery at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. Click on a doctor to learn more about their practice and to view Before & After breast lift surgery photographs.