In cases where the breasts have drooped due to pregnancy, age or rapid weight loss, it becomes necessary to do a lift or mastopexy. Under local anesthesia with sedation, (general anesthesia is available), incisions are made around the areola, vertically down the front and, if necessary, in the fold under the breast. The redundant skin is removed, the breast tissue is remodeled to a more youthful shape and the areola is left better proportioned and in a higher position.
If more volume is desired, implants can be inserted at the same time. Usually the patient can go home the same day wearing a support bra that will help maintain the new shape over several weeks. The patient should not raise her arms above her head for 3 weeks.