Also called mastopexy, a breast lift is a technique that's used to reshape the breast by removing excess tissue and skin and repositioning the breast to restore a more youthful profile. It can also help firm breasts that have become lax. Breast lifts are ideal for women whose breasts have shifted so that their nipples point downward. It's often performed to improve self-confidence and self-image.
Breast lifts may be performed under general anesthesia or with sedation and local anesthesia. Incisions may be made near the dark area around the nipple (the areola), extending from the nipple down the breast to the crease, or along the breast creases. Sutures will be used to reshape the tissue and reduce the size of the areola as needed. Excess skin will be removed and the nipples will be moved to higher positions before the incisions are closed. Most procedures take two to three hours.
Also called reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery removes excess fat and tissue to reduce the overall size of the breast while preserving a natural shape. It can be an ideal procedure for women whose large breasts cause discomfort or who feel self-conscious about the size or appearance of their breasts.
Reduction mammaplasty is usually performed using general anesthesia as same-day surgery, so you can go home the same day. Most reduction surgeries use an incision around the areola and extending down to the crease below the breast. Once the incision is made, excess fat, tissue and skin are removed from each breast to ensure symmetry remains. In some cases, the nipple and areola will also need to be moved to a higher position to achieve an ideal result.