What is a breast lift?
Breast lift surgery, also known as a mastopexy, is a procedure in which excess (stretched or ptotic) skin is re-draped while the ptosed (droopy) nipples are lifted or repositioned. In some cases implants may be placed during the same procedure to enhance the overall shape and size of the breasts, this is known as an augmentation mastopexy.
What does the procedure involve?
Before undergoing surgery, you will have a consultation with Dr van den Bergh in which you will be able to discuss your expectations, what you can expect from the procedure, how best to aid recovery following surgery and address any questions or concerns you might have.
On the day of your procedure, before you are placed under anaesthetic, Dr van den Bergh will mark the new position of your nipple. During the procedure, he will make an incision around the areola which may extend down the front of the breast (which we call a lollipop scar) and possibly into the fold of the breast (called a wise pattern). Any excess skin will be removed, and the breast tissue will be lifted into its new position. Your breasts will be reshaped, and your areolas will be moved into the correct position.
If an augmentation mastopexy is being done, Dr van den Bergh will insert the implants and then re-drape and re-position the breast over it, before closing the incisions.
Who is a suitable candidate for breast lift surgery?
The procedure is highly effective for women who have noticed a loss of firmness and elasticity in the breasts following pregnancy, breastfeeding, or significant weight loss. Those who have sagging or drooping breasts may benefit from a breast lift, as the procedure generally achieves a much firmer, more youthful appearance.