Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

A breast lift or mastopexy is performed to lift ptotic (sagging) breasts. The procedure can also reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). Conditions that can cause sagging breasts include repeated breast feeding, major weight loss, very large breasts, and finally just the natural effects of time.

Breast lift surgery varies considerably in extent. It can be small enough to be performed under local anesthesia (Novocain-like numbing medication) as an office procedure, or it can require general anesthesia (so you’re asleep) in a hospital. Even when general anesthesia is required, most patients go home the same day. Similarly, the amount of time off from work varies from a day or two to as much as two weeks. The degree of discomfort is not great, even in the larger cases, and is well controlled with oral medications. *


The surgery, by its nature, does require some scars to be placed on the breasts. The scars can be limited to just the periphery of the areola or it can be more extensive, involving not only the areola, but also require both vertical and horizontal incisions. Although the quality of the scars is not under a cosmetic surgeon’s control, they are placed for minimal visibility. When large breasts are lifted, this usually requires a reduction in the size of the breasts.*

The surgeons at Cape and Islands Plastic Surgery are able to offer the SPAIR mastopexy technique to women considering breast lift surgery in the Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts area.  This short scar technique limits overall scarring and improves the aesthetic appearance of the breast.*

A mastopexy lifts the breast, but it does not restore the volume that many women have lost following multiple pregnancies or weight loss.  Many of these women choose to combine their breast lift with with breast augmentation to replace lost volume, a procedure known as Augmentation Mastopexy. *

*Individual results may vary from person to person.

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