Breast lift – Mastopexy

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The female breast is, undoubtedly, one of the most important elements of femenine beauty.

The excess of volume, the effect of gravity and volume variations in the breast especially for pregnancies, causes the skin and supporting ligaments of the breast to give way.

A droopy breast can by unaesthetic.

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Due to very diverse causes (own genetics, weight changes, volume variations in the breast, pregnancy and lactation, lack of elasticity in the skin or the passing years, without more) many women find themselves with a drooping breast that makes them self-conscious.

Mastopexy is the surgery to reshape and lift the contour of the female breast with ptosis (drooping). To speak, it is like a breast “lift” to return it to its proper anatomical position.

It is an intervention in which breast tissue is remodeled, excess skin is removed and, usually, the size of areolas is reduced. Depending on the patient, the intervention can be completed with a breast augmentation with prostheses.

Breast lift surgery can help them regain the confidence they have lost. An intervention in which it does not just correct the position of the drooping breast, but also addresses the asymmetry of both breasts, the volume of the breast, the size of the areola and the position of the nipple, to achieve as a result a smooth, rejuvenated and beautiful neck, with a breast in its proper position and whose shape is natural and aesthetic.

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This type of surgery provides specific solutions for each case.


During mastopexy, work is carried out on breast tissue, skin and breast support ligaments, to make the breast volume, position, nipple and areola size adequate in relation to the patient’s anatomy

Visits prior to breast lift surgery

In the initial visits with a patient who has drooping breast, we hear her concerns as well as her expectations. The general condition of the patient (personal habits, previous interventions, skin elasticity, degree of breast loss…) is also assessed. From this, we can establish how to approach the intervention.

If, in addition to the drop, there is a loss of volume that you want to recover, it will be discussed the need to place a mammary prosthesis.

The first visit is also a good time to address the issue of scars, which will vary depending on the technique used in the intervention, as explained in the section of Procedure.

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Procedure in the operating room

According to the previous situation and the desired goal, breast lift surgery may be performed in different ways:

When the breast is empty and drooping

For women who have only lost volume in their breast, perhaps due to pregnancy and lactation, and this loss of volume is the cause of their ptosis (or drop), the solution could be achieved with a breast augmentation with prostheses. In this way, the two situations (emptying and drooping) will be corrected.

When there is enough breast issue

When the breasts are not “empty” but are droopy, as in the case of women with a lot of breast, the operation is performed by remodeling the breast tissue, which is placed back in a correct anatomical position (pexia). Depending on each case, the surgeon will address the remodeling through the areola, with a small vertical incision (which communicates the areola with the submammary fold) or with an inverted T-shaped incision, leaving the scar hidden in the submammary fold.

In general, this operation also performs a resection of the excess skin of the breast and around the areola. The intervention can be completed with the placement of a prosthesis, if necessary.

In any case, surgery to correct breast loss should be performed under general anesthesia and it may last two to four hours.

Recovery after mastopexy

Once the breast augmentation operation with prostheses is completed, the patient will be discharged the next day in the morning, with a one-night stay at the clinic. Before the discharging, the operating room bandages are removed and a bra is placed, which the patient should wear for 24 hours the next 4 weeks.

Generally, work activity can be started at three or four days, but physical activity should be limited for a few weeks (four or five, at most). In any case, the doctor will schedule the recovery deadlines.

The stitches are removed from 7-10 days, and it is time to start the aesthetic treatment of the scars.

The days following this intervention, it is normal to feel some discomfort (feeling of swelling of the breast and some pain), but it can be controlled with medication. As the inflammation decreases, these discomforts will also subside.

The final results of this intervention are assessed from the six months, a period during which the scars gradually improve and during which the breast settles definitively

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Frequent Questions

Honoring our speciality (Aesthetic surgery), we will always try to make the incisions as small as possible, so that the result is as imperceptible as possible. But is must be taken into account that the greater the drooping of the breasts, the greater the incision that we will have to practice.

If the intervention is addressed from the areola, the scar will be very concealed thanks to the roughness typical of the tissue and the change of color.

The vertical incision is the most visible, although techniques are always used to try to minimize scars. For inverted T-shaped, the horizontal incision is hidden under the submammary fold.

Mastopexy is independent to of breast augmentation. Therefore, if the woman has a droop of her breasts but retains sufficient breast tissue, the intervention could be done successfully only by remodeling this tissue, placing it back in its anatomical position and removing excess skin from the breast and areola, without the need to implant a breast prosthesis.

Not at all. Many women who did not have a particularly big breast in their youth see that their breast have dropped due to the effect of the years, or feel that their breasts have become “empty and droopy” after going through pregnancy/s and lactation periods. This drooping can be corrected with mastopexy.

The truth is that women with big breast will be more likely to suffer from breast drooping over the years. Because, even if they enjoy good genetics (supporting ligaments, elastic skin, etc.), the effect of gravity and the years leave their mark. Also, in in their case, the drop will probably be more evident than in small-breasted women.

But as we said before, it is not a situation exclusively for this group of women, not at all.

It is not, these are different interventions. The mastopexy corrects breast drooping while reduction mammoplasty is performed to reduce breast size, as its name suggests.

Although logically, these operations can go hand to hand: fix the drooping of the breast and a reduction in the same intervention.

It will depend on the technique used. In most cases, the correction of the breast position can be treated so that the breast-feeding of children is not affected in the future. In the previous visits are considered the future needs of the patient to opt for one technique or another, and the patient is informed.

No, it is not very painful, although it is normal to feel certain discomfort the days after the intervention. After the operation there is inflammation of the skin, bruising, perhaps a slight loss of sensation in the area and, together with all this, some pain, obviously. They are a series of completely natural effects after this intervention and subside for a few weeks. All of these symptoms can be treated with pain relievers that the doctor will tell the patient.

as in any other surgical intervention, complications may occur during or afteroperating period. But the reality is that this operation, in the hand of a specialized surgeon like Dr. Vila-Rovira, and as long as the patient follows the instructions, does not involve major complications. In fact, it may be considered low-risk surgery.


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