A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, at Spectrum Plastic Surgery removes excess skin and raises the breasts without the placement of breast implants (breast implants are part of a breast augmentation). In some cases, a patient might opt for a hybrid procedure called a breast augmentation with a breast lift. A breast lift can treat “breast ptosis,” or drooping of the breasts. Although it does not overtly increase breast volume, as no implants are placed, a breast lift often makes the breasts appear more voluminous because excessive skin is removed. A breast lift is designed to help breasts appear more youthful and perkier. Some women are able to confidently wear bras without an underwire or opt to not wear a bra after a breast lift because the results are firm, perky breasts that do not need support.
A breast lift is a common part of a “mommy makeover,” which is a suite of procedures that is completely customizable and often also includes a tummy tuck and liposuction in various parts of the body. Breast lifts may require the repositioning of the nipple in cases of moderate to severe sagging. When skin laxity of the breast is minimal, the nipple may not need to be moved. Liposuction may or may not be recommended during a breast lift.