Drooping of the breasts occurs for several reasons; after pregnancy, after weight loss, due to ageing, due to heavy breast tissue. Mastopexy or breast lift surgery aims to reshape and uplift the breast. Loose skin is removed and the breast tissue and skin are tightened and reshaped to a more youthful position. The nipples are also repositioned on the newly shaped breasts. There will be a scar around the areola (pigmented area around the nipple) and a vertical scar running down from the areola to the crease of the lower breast. There may also be a horizontal scar running along this crease. The exact size and pattern of the scar will depend on the extent of the lift required and the size of the breast. Mastopexy will not increase the overall volume of breast tissue. If more breast volume is also desired, breast implants (see Breast Augmentation Mastopexy section) can be placed during the same procedure.
Mastopexy involves a general anaesthetic and can be a day case or involve one night in hospital. Sometimes it is necesary to leave a surgical drain in overnight. You will need to wear a non-underwired support bra for at least six weeks after surgery. If you are planning future pregnancies, it is better to postpone mastopexy surgery until after your family is complete. Mastopexy surgery does not cause any problems in becoming pregnant and most women (although not all) can breast feed after this surgery. However, the pregnancy can stretch the breast tissue out again and undo some or all of the effects of surgery.