Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

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Procedure Type: Breast Cosmetic
It is a simple fact that breasts change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness. Many women want to regain the shapely breasts they once had. These changes and loss of skin elasticity may result from pregnancy, breast-feeding, weight fluctuation, age, heredity or simple gravity.

A breast lift, or mastopexy can correct sagging breasts by removing excess skin and lifting the existing breast tissue to a fuller and more youthful position. A breast lift is intended to visually improve the appearance and contour of the breast.

There are many reasons to consider breast lift surgery. Often a breast lift is related to improved self-image. Sagging breasts are something that occur naturally with age and as the elasticity of your skin weakens. Sagging can also be attributed to enlarging breasts associated with weight gain, or following a pregnancy.

A breast lift does not significantly change the size of the breast or round out the superior part of the breast. The breast tissue is lifted and reshaped to a higher position to improve breast contour. The nipple and areola are repositioned to a bit higher and more youthful position on the breast. If necessary, enlarged areolas are reduced by removing some skin around the perimeter. Excess breast skin is removed to compensate for a loss of elasticity.

As with most breast surgery, there are different types of incisions and techniques that can be used. As one of New Jersey’s top plastic surgeon specializing in aesthetic breast surgery, Dr. Lynch is experienced in the different techniques. He will review and consider the best approach for your individual anatomy and desired outcome.

Before you decide to go ahead with a mastopexy surgery Dr. Lynch will thoroughly discuss the planned placement of the surgical incision and special considerations for improved breast contour and position of the nipple and areola in your personal situation.

At that time, many patients will also choose to include implant in conjunction with a lift procedure to add fullness and shape. Dr. Lynch will discuss this possibility with you and provide guidance as to the outcome that could be expected.

A breast lift procedure is done under general anesthesia and will be completed in a few hours, depending on the extent of the surgery.
As with any surgery, some discomfort, swelling, and bruising may occur, and for most patients usually resolves in a few days. Recovery after a breast lift will require avoiding strenuous activity and heavy lifting for a period of time immediately following the procedure. Surgical scars will be placed deliberately to minimize perception and will fade over time.

Dr. Lynch’s advanced fellowship training in breast reconstruction was completed at the world renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas. He is widely recognized as one of New Jersey’s most experienced and best trained breast reconstructive surgeons.

This advanced training, passion for and dedication to breast surgery and reconstruction enables him to obtain more predictable results and superior outcomes for each of his breast lift patients.


 Breast Lift Overview from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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