Also known as a Breast Lift. Lift and reshape your breasts with mastopexy performed by Dr. Tarak Patel.

About the procedure

If you’re tired of your breasts feeling like they’ve lost their pep, a breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, might be the perfect solution. This cosmetic procedure raises and reshapes sagging breasts to restore the youthful appearance we all know and love. It can be performed alone or with other procedures, such as a breast augmentation. This procedure can also be combined with abdominal procedures such as liposuction and tummy tucks. Breast lift surgery resolves drooping nipples and unevenness, helping women throughout the greater San Antonio area achieve uplifted, symmetrical profiles and can give them an extra boost.

Who is a candidate for a mastopexy?

The best way to determine at home if you are a good candidate for a breast lift is to stand in front of the mirror and put pens in your breast fold creases. If the nipple/areola position is below the pen, then you are a good candidate for a breast lift.

What else can you tell me about the procedure?

There are several ways to perform a breast lift, depending on individual body type and specifications. The procedure is done under general anesthesia. Generally, the more extensive a breast lift surgery is, the more invasive it becomes. The least invasive procedure involves making incisions around the areola, where excess skin is removed and the nipple is re- positioned. A more extensive version of this procedure also creates a vertical incision (lollipop incision) downward from the nipple to enable further tissue re-positioning. The most invasive option requires an anchor type incision which allows for more tissue repositioning and more excess skin removal. Treatment options and which ones best fit your cosmetic goals will be discussed during your consultation.

What should I know about taking care of myself after the procedure?

Following breast lift surgery, a surgical bra will be provided for you to support your breasts as they heal. Pain medication will be prescribed to you to control any discomfort you may heal, and antibiotics may also be prescribed. Bruising, swelling and tenderness are common, temporary side effects, and sutures will fully dissolve within the first few weeks. Nipple sensation can be affected.

While most patients are able to return back to work within the first week, it is often advised to wear a sports bra and avoid strenuous activities for several weeks while the breasts fully heal and adjust to the new contours. The presence of scarring depends on the extent of the surgery, but treatments are available to minimize their appearance.