Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Is breast lift surgery right for you? Virginia Mason’s board-certified plastic surgeons Alexandra Schmidek, MD, and James Schlenker, MD, will work with you to create a care plan meticulously customized with your surgery goals as well as personal needs, to achieve the best possible result.

Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is an increasingly popular option for women who want to improve the appearance of sagging breasts. Plastic surgery techniques applied in breast lift surgery work to tighten and reshape existing tissue for a more youthful looking bust line. Women who can benefit from breast lift surgery may be looking to improve:

  • Drooping breasts due to loss of shape or volume
  • Elongated or flattened breasts
  • Downward pointing and/or enlarged areolas
  • One breast that is lower than the other

Breast lift surgery positions breasts higher on the chest while correcting asymmetries for a more balanced look. The size of the breasts can also be reduced or enhanced at the time of surgery with additional surgical options, depending on individual goals.

Call Virginia Mason’s plastic surgery team in Seattle at (206) 223-6831 to schedule a private, personalized breast lift consultation.

Is Breast Lift Surgery Right for Me?
Many women who choose breast lift surgery are looking to reverse the effects of pregnancy and breast feeding, which can diminish volume and cause sagging. Some women who have had a significant weight loss may want to correct breast tissue that has become stretched. Gravity and the simple aging of breasts may be ample motivation to opt for a rejuvenated look.

Whatever a woman’s personal reasons, the most successful candidates for breast lift are generally healthy, with realistic expectations of what a breast lift can do. Breasts will appear lifted, firmer and their size may change slightly, but a breast lift alone will not create significant fullness in the upper part of the breast. Women who desire larger, smaller or more rounded breasts may want to consider a breast augmentation or breast reduction to be performed with a breast lift.

What Happens During Breast Lift Surgery?

In a breast lift, excess skin is removed while surrounding tissue is lifted and reshaped. The nipple remains attached to underlying tissue but is repositioned, sometimes with a reduction in the areola which may have become stretched.

The three most common surgical approaches to breast lift are:

  • Two ring-shaped incisions around the areola (generally recommended for smaller breasts with minimal sagging).
  • One ring-shaped incision around the areola with a vertical incision down to the breast crease in a “lollipop” shape.
  • A lollipop incision with an additional curved incision along the breast crease (an anchor shape).

Absorbable sutures are layered in the breast, while the outside skin is closed with additional sutures, adhesive or surgical tape. Within a day or two, bandages will be replaced with a soft bra worn consistently for approximately six weeks to ensure proper healing. Some scarring is hidden in the breast crease, and other incision scars will fade over time.

What are the Risks of Breast Lift Surgery?

Some risks of breast lift surgery include:

  • Poor incision healing
  • Infection
  • Changes in breast or nipple sensation
  • Uneven positioning of breasts or nipples
  • And in rare cases, irreversible damage to breast tissue

Why Choose Virginia Mason for Breast Lift Surgery?
Every woman is different and may have individual risk factors that will affect the outcome of surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeons Alexandra Schmidek, MD, and James Schlenker, MD, create a care plan meticulously customized for each patient’s surgery goals as well as personal needs, to achieve the best possible result.

Drs. Schmidek and Schlenker align experience and technology in one of the region’s top hospitals to provide advanced surgical care in a safe and comforting environment for patients. Supported by a team that is highly skilled in performing plastic and reconstructive surgery, every woman receives the expert guidance and care to achieve her desired look.

Next Steps: More Information About Breast Lift
So, is breast lift surgery right for you? Learn more about breast lift surgery at Virginia Mason, in Seattle, and the level of quality care you can expect from our entire care team by calling (206) 223-6831 to schedule a private, personalized consultation.