A breast lift, or mastopexy, is essentially a “lift” of the nipple-areolar complex relative to the crease underneath the breast. This provides an “uplifted” appearance to patients with sagginess or droopiness in the breast that often occurs after pregnancy or with changes in weight.
James F. Boynton, MD, our board-certified plastic surgeon, is highly experienced in breast lift surgery and has helped numerous women rejuvenate the appearance of their breasts with this popular cosmetic procedure. After assessing your unique needs and listening to your aesthetic goals, Dr. Boynton can formulate a customized treatment plan that elevates the breasts and helps you regain a more youthful figure with exceptionally natural-looking results.
To learn more about mastopexy, we encourage you to view the educational videos and read through the information provided on this page. If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule a breast lift consultation with Dr. Boynton, please do not hesitate to contact our practice by phone or email today.
What About Scarring from Breast Lift Surgery?
All patients form “scars.” Scars are simply the lines where skin is “sewed” together. The thickness, width, character, and pigmentation of those lines can vary with respect to the patient’s demographics, heritage, and genetics. Representative examples of many results at approximately six weeks after surgery are available for viewing in Dr. Boynton’s breast lift photo gallery of cases. Even patients that have a genetic risk of keloid scarring have been happy with their results because they are able to find more clothing that fits properly and they routinely feel good about themselves.
Additional Breast Lift FAQs
How much discomfort and how long will I be in pain?
Most patients have mild discomfort, and many don’t even require pain medication. Patients are up and about the next day and have a rapid recovery with the exception of strenuous activity, vigorous exercise, or lifting over 10 lbs. These activities need to avoided for two weeks following surgery to minimize any risk of bleeding.
When can I shower and resume activities, how long off of work, and when can I resume exercise?
You can shower the next day, and exercise can be resumed two weeks after surgery. Most patients are off work for a day or so—maybe several days at the most—depending on their job requirements.
Do any sutures have to be removed?
No. The sutures all dissolve.
Does Dr. Boynton completely remove the nipple in larger cases?
The “old fashion” nipple grafting (total removal of the nipple as a skin graft) technique has never been necessary in 15 years of Dr. Boynton’s practice. Dr. Boynton has vast experience with the medial pedicle technique, which allows him to cone and contour the breast and achieve a very nice shape without removing the nipple—instead, it is “moved” up into place on the medial pedicle. Dr. Boynton even has experience with this pedicle in very large-breasted patients and this technique has worked quite well.
Nipple sensitivity changes?
10-20% of all patients with breast lifts may get some degree of nipple sensitivity changes. Most of this resolves by six to nine months after surgery. Certain patients may have some permanent changes, but it is not usually an issue that they notice.
Will my breasts droop again? What if I get pregnant?
It is impossible to prevent breast tissues from drooping (to some degree) over time due to factors such as gravity and genetics, but wearing a supportive bra as often as possible can usually slow and lessen this process. The breast swelling and subsequent volume loss that often accompanies pregnancy or breastfeeding may lead to the recurrence of breast drooping in some women, though the extent to which this will occur is unique to each individual. While fairly rare, Dr. Boynton has had patients who required a “second” breast lift—or sometimes a reduction—after having children. Unfortunately, it is not possible to predict what the breasts will do after pregnancy.
Will I have drains?
No. Dr. Boynton does not use drains on breast lifts (as was common many years ago and is still common with some plastic surgeons).