Mastopexy: What to Expect from Breast Lift Surgery

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There are several factors that can affect the shape of your breasts, including the aging process, weight loss, having a child and breastfeeding.

For many women, sagging breasts are one of the most frustrating physical signs of getting older, especially because they can change the way your clothes fit and impact your overall self-confidence.

A decrease in firmness and elasticity typically causes changes in breast shape and position.

The “sagging” that so many women dread is medically referred to as ptosis, a term used to describe cases in which the breasts have shifted downwards on the chest wall.

If you’re noticing that your breasts are no longer as firm or perky as they used to be, a mastopexy can help.

A mastopexy, or breast lift, is a surgical procedure that raises the breasts to their original position, providing a new youthful appearance.

Performed by a professional plastic surgeon, a mastopexy can help you achieve the refreshed, rejuvenated bustline you want.

Is a Breast Lift Right for You?

A mastopexy is ideal for patients who have experienced a loss in volume, change in shape, or shift in the position of the breasts.

If your breasts sag when unsupported, or your nipples fall below the creases of your breasts, a breast lift may be right for you.

Mastopexies can also resolve stretched areolae, as well as differences in position between breasts.

A breast lift is a versatile procedure that can suit a variety of patients, especially those with sagging breasts due to one or more of the following reasons.


A loss of elasticity and firmness is an expected part of the aging process, with gravity also playing a part in the change of your breasts’ position and shape.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Because pregnancy (and breastfeeding) causes fuller, heavier breasts, the skin, and ligaments that support your breast tissue can stretch, leading to significant sagging.

Changes in Weight

Significant weight gain or loss can change the overall size and shape of your breasts, altering the position and even decreasing overall elasticity.

Breast Lift Surgery: Procedure

The specific steps involved in a breast lift depend on the patient, but there are generally four components involved in the 2 to 3-hour procedure:

  • First, the surgeon will relocate the breast to its original position, resizing as needed.
  • If desired, breast augmentation or reduction can be performed.
  • Then, the overall shape of the breast is adjusted according to general aesthetics and the patient’s individual goals.
  • Finally, any excess skin will be removed.

Recovery After a Mastopexy

Usually, a breast lift is an outpatient procedure, so you will be able to recover in the comfort of your own home.

Mild pain and swelling is expected during the recovery process but will go away as your body moves through the healing process.

You will receive pain medication to make recovery easier and will return to the office for a follow-up to ensure optimal results.

Learn More about Breast Lift Surgery

A breast lift can be an excellent way to enhance a youthful appearance and boost your confidence, but making an informed decision is important.

Dr. Michael J. Streitmann and his team are here to answer all your questions about the breast lift procedure and are happy to offer additional information about ideal breast lift candidates, the recovery process, and more.

During your one-on-one consultation, we can provide you with a personalized recommendation to achieve your desired results, and help you decide your best-fit procedure.

To schedule a breast lift consultation or learn more about our services, contact Dr. Michael J. Streitmann today.

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