The appearance of the breasts can change over time, due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss or the natural aging process. Breasts can begin to lose their internal support, which may lead to sagging and displaced nipples. A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to lift the breasts to restore a more youthful body contour.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Geoffrey Leber, MD uses the “Dermal Wing Mastopexy” technique in his breast lift procedures. Instead of discarding excess skin during the surgery, Dr. Leber uses the dermis to repair fallen breast tissue and re-position it at a higher location on the chest wall. Breast skin can then be re-draped around newly positioned breast tissue, rather than relying on the breast skin envelope to provide support.
Unlike traditional breast lift procedures that can eventually lead to recurring sagging of the breasts, Dr. Leber believes this technique can lead to longer lasting results, thanks to the “dermal wings.” An added benefit is immediate improvement in the fullness of the breasts, producing an enhanced cleavage line.
The best candidates for a breast lift are women in reasonably good physical health that would like to restore the youthful contour of their breasts. Patients should have a positive self-image overall and realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for them.
A breast lift can address the following concerns:
- Breasts that have begun to sag as a result of pregnancy, breastfeeding, age, gravity or heredity
- Concerns about the shape and size of the breasts that cannot be addressed by breast augmentation alone
- Stretching of the breasts, particularly around the nipple or areola area
A breast lift alone cannot significantly add size or volume to the breasts. For this type of result, a patient may need to consider a breast lift with implants or breast augmentation. Dr. Leber spends time meeting with each patient, to discuss concerns and expected outcomes before recommending the best breast procedure for her needs.
About the Procedure
A breast lift can be performed in Dr. Geoffrey Leber’s Scottsdale office near Phoenix. The procedure is usually done as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. An incision is made around the areola to allow Dr. Leber to reposition underlying tissue and improve the breast contour.
Once the breasts are reshaped, skin is tightened and incisions are closed. Because the incisions are situated in the border of the areola, scarring after the procedure is minimal. A breast lift may take anywhere from 1-3 hours, depending on the specific technique used.
Recovery and Results
Patients are usually allowed to return home the same day as their surgery. Dressings will be placed on the incisions and patients may also be given a surgical bra to wear during the healing process. Most patients return to work and regular activities within 1-2 weeks, although strenuous exercise may be discouraged for up to one month after the procedure.
Results can be seen right away, but will continue to improve as the breasts heal. Scars will fade significantly throughout the year following surgery. Results from a breast lift are considered long-lasting, although age and gravity may eventually cause the breasts to sag once again. Dr. Leber’s techniques have been shown to provide longer results than traditional procedures.
A breast lift can help you regain a more youthful look to your breasts. For more information about this procedure, contact Dr. Leber’s staff to schedule a consultation.