Breast Lift / Mastopexy Philadelphia
Mastopexy (or a Breast Lift) is a procedure that helps to reshape the breast to a more youthful contour while lifting and repositions the areolas. This procedure is usually performed on mothers who have had multiple pregnancies. It is particular common in mothers who also have breast fed. Patient who have had massive weight loss from dieting or bariatric surgery are also good candidates for this procedure. In either case, the deflated look or excess skin in the breast area can be disconcerting to the individual, who may desire aesthetic improvement. When performed on patient who have lost breast volume either from surgery or breastfeeding this procedure is usually combined with breast augmentation (enlargement) to better fill the empty space vacated by the volume loss.
The breast lift/ mastopexy operation is usually performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. The procedure involves separating the skin from the breast parenchyma ( the breast tissue, nipple and areola.) The areola and nipple are then moved up the breast to position them more appropriately. The skin is then redraped around the breast, tightening the skin and creating a more youthful appearance. The areolas can also be resized if necessary. Drains may also be placed in the breasts in order to help reduce swelling for the first day or so after surgery.
Patients may return to work in about 10-14 days after recovering. If they work a desk job they may be able to return sooner. A supportive bra must be worn everyday for the full recovery period to ensure proper healing. Although scars are created in order to perform breast lift/mastopexy, they can be easily hidden by a normal bra. These scars will fade over time to become almost invisible to the naked eye.
Dr. Ryan Hoffman is available for a breast lift consultation at your convenience.
Post Op Breast Lift
- Get plenty of rest
- Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin unless approved by your surgeon
- As soon as it can be comfortably tolerated, you may go from the post surgical compression garment to a No Underwire Bra for 6 months post breast surgery.
- ✔ Dr. Hoffman does NOT recommend wearing a sports bra. Cups with no underwire are strongly suggested for optimal results in contouring the breasts.
These bras can be found at GiGis, Kohls and Soma stores.
- Start walking as soon as possible, this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots
- Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications
- Do not drive car for 1-2 weeks after surgery
- No heavy lifting. No lifting anything over 10 lbs
- Avoid strenuous exercise and activities for 4-6 weeks
- You may return to work in 7-14 days (this will vary depending on your type of work)
Wound (Incision) Care:
- If drainage tubes have been placed, you may shower 48 hours after removal
- Keep steri-strips on
- Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infection
- Leave dressing on for length of time prescribed by your surgeon.
- Wear your surgical bra 24/7 for4 weeks post op. You will then transition into a wireless (NO WIRE) bra with cups for 6 months post operative
What to Expect and Follow Up Instructions:
- There may be postoperative pain, temporary bruising, discomfort, numbness, dry breast skin, swelling and discoloration.
- May be some loss of sensation in the nipples
- Scars will fade in several months to a year
- If drainage tubes have been placed they are removed when the 24 hour output is less than 30 ml x 2 days.
- Sutures are removed in 7-14 days
To see before and after images of the Breast Lift procedure, please click here.
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