A breast lift (mastopexy) is a procedure that returns the breast to its youthful shape and position on the chest wall. This is a purely aesthetic procedure and therefore not covered by the RAMQ. Droopy breasts (ptosis) can be corrected using a breast lift by removing the extra skin. This can be combined with other procedures of the breast such as breast augmentation.
Good candidates for this procedure are patients who meet the following criteria:
- Healthy weight
- No significant medical problems
- Non smokers
- Not on blood thinners
- Droopy breasts
- Are happy with the size of their breasts
Poor candidates for this procedure include patients with the following risk factors:
- Significant medical problems
- Taking blood thinners
- Droopy and heavy breasts
- Want to significantly change the size of their breasts (to increase your breast size see lift-augmentation, for decreasing your breast size see breast reduction)
The breast lift scar depends on how much skin needs to be removed and can be around the areola only, a lollipop incision or an anchor incision (left to right).
Recovery from a breast lift generally consists of two days of pain requiring medication, two weeks for the skin to heal, two months for the breasts to settle and two years for the scars to fade. Time off work ranges between 2-4 weeks.
More on Breast Lifts:
- See before and after photos of breast lifts
- Combining a breast lift and augmentation
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Information for patients