During a breast lift surgery, or “mastopexy,” the patient is given general anesthesia before an incision is created either:
- Around the areolas
- Around the areolas, and vertically proceeding down to the breast crease
- Around the areolas, down the breasts, and horizontally along the breast crease
Once the incision is made, excess skin and heavy breast tissue are both removed. Sutures are then placed within the layers of breast tissue to help support the new contours and position of the breasts. Though swelling from the procedure may last for a few weeks, results are immediately noticeable. The final shape of the breasts can develop as soon as one to three weeks after the procedure has been completed.