Mastopexy – an operation aimed at lifting and changing the shape of the mammary glands by eliminating excess skin. The result is a beautiful shape of your chest with an optimal degree of elasticity and a natural structure.

Indications For Mastopexy

a change in the shape of the mammary gland during pregnancy or significant weight loss (volume loss with stretching of the skin and dropping of the nipple-areolar complex;

prolapse of the mammary glands (ptosis) under the influence of glandular mass and loss of skin elasticity.

Types of mastopexy:

Mastopexy (breast lift) can be carried out in several ways, the surgeon selects the most suitable method based on the state of the breast and the degree of ptosis (omission). The mastopexy process is to remove excess skin and redistribute tissue. As a result of tightening sagging breasts, the mammary gland is given a new shape with the movement of the nipple and areola to a new, higher position.

When lifting a large breast, not only skin but also breast tissue is removed, in this case we are talking about breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty). Mastopexy involves skin correction – breast skin tightening, while breast tissue is not affected.

Preparation For Surgery

Examination of the patient’s chest: assessment of the skin condition, size, initial shape of the mammary glands and chest.

Preoperative examination: blood test, HIV tests, hepatitis C, syphilis, urinalysis, breast ultrasound, x-ray, anesthesia analysis. According to the doctor’s testimony, consultation of related specialists may be recommended.

Immediately before the operation, an anesthesiologist is consulted.


The operation is performed under general anesthesia. The duration of mastopexy is from 2 to 3 hours. Must be in the hospital for 2 days.

During mastopexy, excess skin is excised and breast tissue with a nipple-areolar complex moves up. The volume of glandular tissue is maintained. If desired, a change in areole diameter is possible.

Depending on the severity of the prolapse of the gland, mastopexy can be performed in one of three ways:

– periareolar – the incision passes only around the areola and is almost invisible;

– vertical – an additional vertical incision is made, which stretches from the areola to the fold under the mammary gland;

– using an additional incision in the fold under the gland. With this method, the incision resembles an anchor – around the areola, vertically down and in the fold under the mammary gland. With this technique, the correction of noticeable scars around the nipples and under the breast is impossible to avoid.

In some cases, endoprosthetics of the mammary glands can be performed simultaneously with mastopexy.

In general, lifting does not cause dysfunction of the mammary glands, after this operation, a woman can breastfeed. To obtain a more beautiful and long-term result, a mastopexy technique is used, in which the glandular tissue is divided into flaps, laid and fixed in a certain way. In this case, in the future there is an inability to breastfeed. You must inform your plastic surgeon about your preferred option.

Postoperative Period

The pain is moderate, easily removed with painkillers, completely disappear within 1 week. A slight increase in body temperature is considered normal during this operation, can be observed for several days. Swelling of the tissues decreases by the end of the second week after the surgical invasion, asymmetry of the glands due to uneven edema is allowed. Discomfort during movement is possible.

Sensitivity of certain areas of the skin may be reduced. Joint removal is not required – absorbable materials are used. During the month it is necessary to wear special compression underwear. The breast takes its final shape a few months after the operation.

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