Mastopexy, or breast lift, is an esthetic breast surgery that reshapes and uplifts drooping breasts and enhances the bust. Breasts size (augmentation or reduction), contour, and elevation may be modified and corrected in the same procedure.
This information sheet is issued by Dr. Vincent Nguyen, board-certified plastic surgeon in Paris, familiar with breast lift procedures.
It provides all the information about the surgery, scars, recovery, before and after comparison photographs, Social Security coverage and the costs of breast lift surgery.
What is breast ptosis?
Breast ptosis is defined as a drooping breast combined with sagging skin.
The breast position is too low on the chest. The breast looks disharmonious, deflated in its upper part.
4 grades define the seriousness of the ptosis:
What causes breast ptosis?
Breast ptosis may develop:
Breast ptosis may be isolated (with normal breast volume). If so, only a breast lift without implants is required.
Breast ptosis may also be associated with mammary hypertrophy. If so, a breast reduction will be performed.
If, on the opposite, it is associated with mammary hypotrophy (or mammary hypoplasia), breast lift may be combined with breast augmentation.
Dr Vincent Nguyen will evaluate your needs, discuss your expectations and your options to deliver the best results.
The goal of a breast lift is to restore the areola to a more natural position and to reshape the breasts. After the procedure, the breasts are nicely rounded, uplifted and better proportioned. The bust looks rejuvenated.
Where are the scars after a breast lift procedure?
Your plastic surgeon will evaluate the seriousness of the ptosis, and the technique he will use will determine the location of the scars. There may be 3 different incisions (see pictures).
When can I get a breast lift?
You can get a breast lift as soon as the end of puberty. There will be no impact on pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Can a breast lift be performed alone?
When the ptosis is associated with a lack of volume (hypoplasia or mammary hypotrophy), the breast lift may be combined with a breast augmentation with implants or with lipofilling (fat injection). (See information sheet: deflated and sagging breasts)
BEFORE A BREAST LIFT PROCEDURE:
BREAST LIFT SURGERY:
AFTER A BREAST LIFT SURGERY:
Can I breastfeed after a breast lift surgery?
Breast lift surgery doesn’t prevent breastfeeding. But, after a severe breast ptosis treatment, the risk of not being able of breastfeeding is higher.
Does a breast lift alter breast and nipple sensitivity?
For a year after the surgery you may experience numbness, or hyposensitivity, in the lower part of the breast. It regains normal sensations gradually.
As far as the areola is concerned, when severe ptosis is addressed, there is a risk of permanent sensation loss.
Is it possible to get a breast lift without scars?
Sometimes, increasing the volume of the breasts with implants or with fat may improve the sagging. The size of the scars will then be reduced.
Is breast lift covered by Social Security?
Breast lift is not covered by Social Security as it is an esthetic procedure.
May I have a second breast lift?
Yes, you may need to have a second breast lift as you continue to age after the first procedure. The scars will then be the same ones.
May I get a breast augmentation after a breast lift procedure?
Yes, you may. If you have a breast augmentation with implants, the same scars will be used. There won’t be added scars for a breast augmentation with lipofilling.
If I want to get breast implants removed, may I have a breast lift during the same surgery?
Yes, it is frequent to have a breast lift after the removal of implants. Indeed, the implants have expanded skin which is sagging when they are removed. The breasts drop and need to be lifted.
Does breast lift increase the risk of breast cancer?
No, breast lift doesn’t increase breast cancer risks.