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Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

A mastopexy, more commonly known as breast lift, may be performed for a variety of reasons. The aging breast will inevitably sag over time, weight loss, and after child bearing. Sometimes, younger women also may suffer from premature sagging, which we call “ptosis”. Other women suffer from abnormally shaped breasts or would like a large nipple or areola to be reduced. Quite simply, the goal of a mastopexy is to sculpt the breast into a more elevated position and reposition the nipple to create a more youthful and attractive appearance.

Often the mastopexy is performed along with breast augmentation, but it can also be performed alone. Dr. Gerstle will take time to explain your options and you can discuss your desires and needs in order to tailor a natural and beautiful result.

To find out more about Mastopexy (Breast lift) procedures at Lexington Plastic Surgery, PLLC, request a consultation or call (859) 279-2111.

Benefits of a Mastopexy (Breast Lift)

  • Restoring a youthful appearance of the breast

  • Correction of breast asymmetry

  • Reshaping nipple/areola region

  • Restoring lost volume and firmness of the breast

What to expect

Dr. Gerstle understands that every woman and her anatomy is unique. With the latest surgical techniques in mind, he will sit down with you in consultation and devise a plan to meet your needs. Minor breast lifts generally consist of an incision around the nipple area, while a more significant lift may require additional incisions discreetly placed under the breast. Once you and Dr. Gerstle have created a plan together, you will undergo the procedure in an outpatient setting at one of our surgery centers or Lexington area surgery centers. Dr. Gerstle utilizes both The Kentucky Surgery Center and the Lexington Surgery Center. Most patients undergo a light general anesthetic. The surgery takes about an hour and a half to three hours to complete, and most patients go home a few hours after the surgery is complete.

Most patients take a week off of work and may resume light exercise after two weeks. You will be given pain medication and postoperative instructions. Dr. Gerstle recommends limiting strenuous activity for about a month after your surgery. The final results can be judged three to six months after the surgery. Dr. Gerstle will schedule a follow up appointment with you, but he is always readily available to his patients by phone and email.

FAQ about Mastopexy

Is a breast lift permanent?

A well-performed mastopexy can be expected to yield results which last for many years. Several factors may affect how well the result can be maintained, however. Such factors include aging, weight fluctuations, future pregnancies and the placement of an implant. 

Are there minimally invasive approaches to breast lift?

Many non-surgical approaches to breast lift are on the market today, but unfortunately, there is little scientific evidence to support their use. Dr. Gerstle is skilled in the least invasive surgical techniques to lift the breast, limit down-time, and achieving a lasting result. 

Will I be able to breast feed after mastopexy?

Women who undergo a breast lift usually do not have a problem with breastfeeding, nor is there any risk to the baby. However, women who do become pregnant and breastfeed after undergoing a breast lift may see some new sagging of the breasts afterwards.

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What our patients are saying…

After I gave birth to two beautiful babies and breastfed them both, I was sad to see that my breasts had lost all tissue they once had. To make matters worse, what little was left was sagging badly. I wanted to get my figure back so that I could be proud to wear a swimsuit again.  Dr. Gerstle was wonderful about listening to my concerns about not wanting to look ‘fake’ and he gave me a natural, womanly figure back with implants and a breast lift. He did a great job and I recommend him and his amazing staff to anyone interested in plastic surgery.

– KD