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Mastoplexy (Breast Lift)

As women age, the breasts loses its firmness and shape. The skin loses its elasticity and no longer holds the breasts in an upright position. Pregnancy, breast-feeding, weight gain and loss, aging, and gravity can add to loss of skin elasticity. Women who have sagging breasts (ptosis) may benefit from breast lift (Mastoplexy). Superior volume loss or asymmetries may be corrected by breast augmentation at the same time.

Breast lift (Mastoplexy) is similar to a breast reduction, except that in most cases only skin and at times small amount of breast tissue is removed; additionally, the areola may be reduced in size. If a patient desires smaller breasts, patient should consider combining breast lift and reduction surgery. If a patient desires for their breasts to look fuller, they should consider breast lift and augmentation surgery. A breast lift can raise sagging or drooping breasts, which is a problem with large, heavy breasts, and can elevate the nipple and areola. To lift the breasts, excess skin from the bottom of the breast is removed additionally areola may be reduced in size. The remaining skin is then brought together; this tightens and raises the breast. The goal is to lift the breast, improve breast symmetry, and obtain a tighter more youthful breast.

Procedure Description

  • Mastoplexy operations are usually performed under general anesthesia or conscious sedation with local anesthesia
  • There are several types of Mastoplexy procedures depending on the severity of ptosis (breast droop)
  • In most cases incisions are made around the nipple areolar complex and in front of the breasts. Sometimes they may extend into the breast fold
  • Benelli mammoplasty involves a periareolar incision that produces only a periareolar scar
  • The nipple areolar complex is lifted to a more youthful position
  • The Benelli procedure can be used in patients that have relatively small breasts and minimal sagging


  • Postoperative discomfort is usually controlled with oral medications
  • A soft bra is usually worn for at least several weeks postoperatively
  • External sutures are usually removed between 1-2 weeks after surgery
  • Light activity may be resumed in 7 to 10 days. Sports activities may be resumed in 6 weeks


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