Breast Lift

Dr. Fereydoon Mahjouri, MD - Breast Lift Minneapolis, MN - St. Paul, Minnesota

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Dr. Mahjouri specializes in breast lift and explains this popular breast procedure below.

Breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a procedure that raises and reshapes sagging breasts. As a woman ages, skin loses its elasticity, which can cause the breasts to lose their natural shape and firmness. This procedure is designed to elevate the breasts and give them a more youthful appearance. A breast lift may also be performed in conjunction with breast enlargement surgery (augmentation).

Reasons for Considering a Breast Lift:

  • Elevate the breasts due to sagging caused by the effects of aging and gravity.
  • Firm the breasts if they have lost substance due to pregnancy and subsequent breast-feeding.
  • Re-align your nipples/areolas if they point down or to the side.
  • Bring back natural suppleness after weight loss.

General Procedure

The breast lift surgical procedure usually takes 1.5 to 3 hours. Techniques vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-like incision made along the underside of the breast. The incision goes around the area where skin will be removed, thus defining how the nipple will be relocated. When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved into a higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is brought down and together to reshape the breast.

Some patients, especially those with relatively small breasts and minimal sagging, may be candidates for modified procedures requiring less extensive incisions. One such procedure is the "doughnut (or concentric) mastopexy" in which circular incisions are made around the areola and a doughnut-shaped area of skin is removed. Recent innovations in breast lift techniques include minimal incision techniques and nipple sensation reducing procedures.

If the patient is having an implant inserted along with a breast lift, the implant will be placed in a pocket directly under the breast tissue or under the muscle of the chest wall. Breast implants can either be saline or silicone. 

Recovery Process

Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. Bandages are applied right after surgery to aid the healing process and minimize movement of the breasts.  Once the bandages are removed, the patient will need to wear a specialized surgical bra for several weeks. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery, which can be relieved by oral medication.  While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given by the surgeon. Dr. Mahjouri will infuse long-acting pain medication into the surgical site to minimize pain immediately after the operation. 

The breast uplift (mastopexy) is an out patient procedure and is performed under general anesthesia at the West Health Surgery Center in Plymouth, Minnesota.  We offer complimentary cosmetic consultations in our clinics in Fridley and Plymouth. Dr. Mahjouri or one of his staff will contact you in the days following your surgery to address any questions or concerns you may have.