Over time, factors such as pregnancy and nursing, weight loss, and gravity can take their toll on the female breast. As we age, skin loses its elasticity and the breasts begin to sag resulting in breast ptosis. Mastopexy (breast lift) is a surgical procedure to lift and reshape ptotic breasts. This procedure is meant to reposition the nipple and areola giving the appearance that the breast has been lifted. Mastopexy alone does not restore volume that may have been lost. This can only be achieved with breast augmentation using implants. Some patients benefit from a combination of mastopexy and breast augmentation.
There are several incisions options for reshaping and lifting the breast. The patient’s anatomy dictates which approach your surgeon will use.
Mastopexy is typically performed under general anesthesia in the Green Bay Surgical Center. Our privately owned surgery center is certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Your surgeon will discuss your facility and anesthesia options during your consultation. The length of the procedure depends on which surgical approach your surgeon uses but 2-3 hours is common.
Patients recover for several hours in the surgical center prior to discharge. You will need to have a companion drive you home following surgery. You will be given an appointment to follow up with your surgeon a few days after your surgery.
The type of work you perform will determine how soon you can return to your job duties. Allowing enough time to properly recovery is strongly encouraged and varies from patient to patient. Your surgeon will help you decide when it is appropriate to return to normal activities including work.