Breast Lift or Mastopexy


Breast lift or mastopexy surgery is a technique performed to restore a more perky, firm and youthful shape and position to a breast that has developed ptosis (drooping of the breast) related to aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss. Over the years, these factors and the effects of gravity take their toll on a woman’s breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. A breast lift is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts–at least, for a period of time. (No surgery can permanently delay the effects of gravity.) Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, which is the darker skin surrounding the nipple. Incisions required for breast lift surgery are similar to those required for a breast reduction. The major difference between a mastopexy and a reduction are that in a reduction the excess breast tissue is removed while in a lift it is lifted and rearranged to a higher, more youthful position. If your breasts are small or have lost volume, breast implants inserted in during the breast lift can increase both their firmness and their size.

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Breast Lift Case Study

Full Mastopexy with Implant Exchange and Capsulotomies
This patient is a 46-year-old mother of three. She had pre-existing saline breast implants and a malposition of the existing implants. An implant exchange from saline to silicone gel, capsulotomies and a full breast lift were required to provide proper placement of the breast implants and to give the patient a more natural appearance. Individual results may vary.

Individual results may vary.

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Breast Lift

This plastic surgery procedure is an outpatient procedure performed at Dr. Tyrone ’s ambulatory surgery facility located in Gainesville, Florida. Our convenient location allows Dr. Tyrone to easily perform breast lift surgery for patients from not only Gainesville, Florida, but also for patients located in Central and North Florida. The decision to undergo a breast lift is a personal choice that requires ample education throughout the entire process. We believe that informed patients make the most satisfied and confident patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a few of the commonly asked questions regarding breast lift plastic surgery. Feel free to bring any other questions that you may have with you to your consultation to Dr. Tyrone. We are always happy to answer your questions.

Patient that are in good health and that are experiencing sagging or drooping of the breasts are typically candidates for a breast lift. Additionally, patients should be non-smokers to allow for optimal healing.  
Dr. Tyrone will discuss your medical history, including any pre-existing conditions. It is important for Dr. Tyrone to have an in-depth evaluation of your health. Next, Dr. Tyrone will observe the breasts to determine skin quality, nipple and areola placement as well as the degree of lift. The steps of your exact procedure will be discussed as well and any questions you have will be answered.
Patients are given anesthesia before the surgery begins. The incisions will be skillfully placed at the areola and extend diagonally below the breast and run to the breast fold. Exact incision size and locations will vary depending on your unique treatment plan. Once the incisions have been made, the breast tissue will be removed and tightened to reshape the breasts into a firmer, perkier and more youthful contour. Then, the incisions will be closed. The entire surgery typically takes between two and three hours. Once the patient is awake, our team will discuss the surgery and provide mastopexy recovery care.
The extent of the breast lift as well as whether the procedure includes any other procedures, such as breast augmentation will determine the cost. While most insurance companies do not cover the costs of a breast lift, our Gainesville plastic surgery office offers financing options for our patients.
Breast lifts are a routine surgery that Dr. Tyrone confidently performs. Dr. Tyrone will discuss any potential risks with you during your consultation. Potential risks include issues with anesthesia; poor healing; changes in nipple and/or breast sensations; asymmetrical breasts; and breast lift necrosis.
Some patients require a combination of techniques to achieve their goals. As the breasts begin to sag, they may also lose some of the size and volume that they previously had. Dr. Tyrone may recommend that you consider breast augmentation in conjunction with the breast lift. A saline or silicone gel breast implant placed at the time of your breast lift will restore the volume to your breasts. No additional incisions are needed as the implants are placed through the breast lift incisions.
Incisions are typically located around the areola (pigmented skin around the nipple) extending down to the fold underneath the breast and underneath the breast itself. There are many “short scar” techniques that eliminate the incision placed underneath the breast. Dr. Tyrone will let you know during your consultation if you are a candidate for a minimal incision breast reduction. Candidates for a minimal incision mastopexy are those patients who require a moderate amount of skin excision and nipple-areola movement. Just as any other surgical scar or incision, incisions from breast lift surgery predictably mature and fade over time. Dr. Tyrone will instruct you on how to optimize and support your incisions in the postoperative period.
Once you have scheduled your breast lift with Dr. Tyrone, you will be given preoperative instructions that discuss everything from finances to follow-up visits after your surgery. Prior to your breast lift surgery, you will need basic blood work and medical clearance form your primary medical doctor. You will receive prescriptions form Dr. Tyrone’s patient coordinator prior to breast lift surgery. It is important to have the medication prescriptions filled in the days prior to your surgery so they are available as soon as you return home from surgery.
Patients will notice lifted breasts immediately after surgery. Expect the breasts to be sore and swollen but rest assured that this will decrease in the following days. Additionally, the incision lines will become less noticeable over time. Overall, patients can expect fuller, perkier and younger-looking breasts after their surgery.
Dr. Tyrone performs mastopexy surgery in a state-of-the-art operating facility located in Gainesville, Florida. Our Ambulatory Plastic Surgery Facility (APSF) is certified at the highest level by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. Our entire staff at North Florida Plastic Surgery is dedicated to the satisfaction and comfort of all patients. Every inch of our facility is designed with patient comfort in mind. Our team is composed of thoughtful, dedicated individuals who are focused on your journey to renewed confidence.

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