Mastopexy is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. It is intended to lift the nipples to a more normal position and remove the extra, stretched skin without reducing the overall size of the breasts.
During the procedure, excess skin is removed and the existing breast tissue is reshaped. This procedure is performed as an outpatient surgery under general anesthesia. The surgery can take from two to three hours. It can also be performed in conjunction with a breast augmentation (enlargement).
After surgery, an elastic bandage or surgical bra is worn over gauze dressings. The breasts may be bruised and swollen for a few days. Any discomfort should be limited and is easily controlled by medication. A soft support bra will be worn for the first three to four weeks.
Activities will be limited during the first week. Any strenuous or repetitive activities will be limited for up to four weeks. After surgery the breasts are firmer and have a well-contoured shape.