A mastopexy is commonly referred to as a breast lift. Mastopexy is a cosmetic surgical procedure in which sagging breasts are elevated, correcting genetic or age-related changes in the size and contour of the breasts.
How a Breast Lift Works
During a breast lift in Denver, Dr. Serota removes excess skin and reshapes breast tissue to restore firmness and raise the breasts. A mastopexy can raise the position of the nipples and the darker area surrounding the nipples (areolae). The size of the areolae can also be reduced during the procedure to keep them in proportion to the newly shaped breasts.
A mastopexy won't significantly change the size of your breasts. However, the procedure can be done in combination with breast augmentation or breast reduction.
Why Breasts Change
As you get older, your breasts can lose elasticity and firmness due to:
- Pregnancy: during pregnancy, the ligaments that support your breasts might stretch as your breasts get fuller and heavier. This stretching might contribute to sagging breasts after pregnancy, whether or not you breastfeed your baby.
- Weight fluctuations: changes in your weight can cause your breast skin to stretch and lose elasticity.
- Gravity: over time, gravity causes ligaments in the breast to stretch and sag.
Candidates for Breast Lifts
You might consider a mastopexy if:
- Your breasts have lost shape and volume or they've gotten flatter and longer
- Your nipples fall below your breast creases
- Your nipples and areolae point downward
- Your areolae have stretched out of proportion to your breasts
- One of your breasts falls lower than the other
A mastopexy isn't for everyone. If you're considering pregnancy at any point in the future, you might consider delaying the procedure because pregnancy can cause your breasts to stretch or change shape and offset the results of the lift.
While a mastopexy can be done on breasts of any size, women with smaller sagging breasts will likely have longer lasting results. Larger breasts are heavier, which makes them more likely to sag again.
If you are unhappy with the condition of your breasts, our breast lift doctors in Denver may be able to help. Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule a consultation and see if a mastopexy is right for you.