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Mastopexy Breast Lift

A mastopexy breast lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is performed in order to raise and reshape sagging breasts caused by pregnancy, breast feeding, aging and gravity. The mastopexy breast lift procedure can also correct areola size and positioning. In 2002, approximately 57,000 patients underwent mastopexy breast lift surgery, a procedure that is growing more popular each year.

Candidates for Mastopexy

Good candidates for mastopexy breast lift surgery are women who are physically and emotionally healthy. Women who are not planning on getting pregnant following mastopexy breast lift surgery are also better candidates. This is because pregnancy can cause the breast tissue to expand and sag; thereby compromising the results of a mastopexy breast lift procedure. Patients who fully understand the benefits and risks that accompany mastopexy breast lift surgery and have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure make the best candidates for mastopexy breast lift surgery.

Preparing for a Mastopexy

Before a mastopexy breast lift surgery date is set, there are several things that a patient should discuss with their cosmetic surgeon. Discussion about a patient's full medical history and current use of medications and supplements is necessary to ensure that there is not an increased risk of complications. It is also possible that a surgeon will recommend a mammogram prior to mastopexy breast lift surgery.

A patient will want to find out in advance where the surgery will take place. Mastopexy breast lift surgery is usually performed in a hospital, surgical center or medical office. The patient should inquire as to what type of anesthesia will be used and what aftercare procedures are recommended. A mastopexy breast lift patient should also be fully informed of the costs associated with all these components in addition to the mastopexy breast lift procedure cost itself. The average cost of mastopexy breast lift surgery ranges from four to eight thousand dollars.


During the mastopexy breast lift procedure, the surgeon will administer a general anesthesia and may also use a local anesthetic and a sedative to reduce the sensation of any pain that may occur during the surgery. Depending on a patient's specific needs, the surgeon will either make an anchor-like incision below the nipple or make a periareolar incision around the nipple. These incisions are made to remove excess skin and reposition the glandular tissue and the nipple complex to achieve a more enhanced youthful appearance. The mastopexy breast lift procedure takes one and a half to three and a half hours to complete.


Recovery takes weeks to months and involves the use of special surgical garments, and pain medications if there is excessive pain, swelling, or bruising during the first week or so. Numbness of the breast area may occur for six weeks and can sometimes be permanent. Just with any surgical procedure there are risks and benefits of a mastopexy breast lift procedure, which should be discussed prior to surgery.