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Breast / Breast Lift

Breast Lift

Breast lift surgery improves a woman's contours and proportions by raising and firming her breasts. Also known as mastopexy, this procedure re-creates a more youthful breast shape in response to sagging and skin laxity.

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How Can a Breast Lift Help?

Gravity, loss of skin elasticity, weight loss, pregnancy and breastfeeding ultimately affect the shape and firmness of the breasts. A breast lift corrects these issues by:

  • Lifting the breasts to a more youthful position
  • Removing excess skin and reshaping the breasts
  • Repositioning and resizing the nipple-areola complex when necessary (areola being the darker disk around each nipple)

Women who want to correct these concerns without adding volume to their breasts can benefit from a breast lift with Toronto plastic surgeon Dr. Marc DuPéré.

If you live in or near Toronto and breast lift is something you’re considering, Dr. DuPéré can help. Request a consultation with Royal College certified Dr. Marc DuPéré or call our office at (416) 929-9800.

Dr. DuPéré’s Breast Lift Technique

Dr. DuPéré offers several breast lift techniques, including:

  • Crescent technique, with an incision along the upper half of the areola; also, using different crescent techniques, Dr. DuPéré can often correct areolar asymmetries
  • Periareolar Benelli lift (aka donut mastopexy), with an incision extending farther around the areola, skin excision and gland remodeling
  • Lejour-type or lollipop technique – a periareolar incision in addition to a vertical incision down the breast with breast pillars suspension to fascia
  • Glandular remodeling and fascial suspension techniques to rejuvenate and restore the nipple and breast gland as learned from his Paris mentors, Dr. Natalie Bricout and Dr. Sylvain Pétouin

Dr. DuPéré will select a technique to match each patient’s specific breast rejuvenation needs. He will discuss the best method to meet your particular goals during your consultation.

Many breast lift candidates have also have lost a significant amount of breast volume over time. In these cases, Dr. DuPéré may recommend breast augmentation with implants.

Areolas and nipples also change over time and after pregnancy and breastfeeding; Dr. DuPéré offers areola and nipple resizing for those who may wish to achieve a more youthful nipple-areolar complex.

Recovering from a Breast Lift

Most breast lift patients go home on the day of their procedure.

Discomfort after this procedure lasts an average of 3 to 7 days. Some patients will require drains for 2 to 5 days when implants are also being inserted at the same time.

Breast lift patients wear a compression garment for 2 days, followed by a comfortable sports bra. Patients should avoid wearing push-up and underwire bras for 6 to 8 weeks.

  • Breast lift patients should begin walking and stretching on the day of the procedure.

  • Patients should avoid exercise for 4 to 6 weeks, and upper chest exercises for 12 weeks.

  • Most women can return to desk work after 7 to 14 days.

Candidates for a Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

We understand that every individual’s aesthetic goals and concerns are unique. If you are experiencing sagging or drooping breasts and desire a more youthful and lifted appearance, a breast lift, or mastopexy, may be the ideal solution for you.

Should you also feel your breasts are too large, a reduction can be done at the same time, appreciating that smaller breasts will make your breast lift results last longer. Gland remodelling with stitching techniques is often performed to enhanced perkiness of the breasts.

Should someone want a stronger upper pole fullness, an implant may be recommended along with the breast lift.

During your personalized consultation with Dr. DuPéré, he will attentively listen to your concerns, evaluate your breast anatomy, and recommend the most suitable approach to achieve your desired outcome. He will explain the breast lift procedure in detail, answer any questions you may have, and ensure you are well-informed and comfortable with your decision.

Dr. DuPéré offers several different techniques of breast lifting from the periareolar Benelli technique, the Lejour vertical technique, the short horizontal scar vertical technique and the traditional anchor technique for larger skin excess.

Dr. DuPéré’s ‘s refined surgical techniques and artistic vision have earned him a reputation for delivering natural-looking results. Rest assured that your breast lift journey will be guided by a compassionate team committed to your well-being and satisfaction.

Potential candidates for a breast lift procedure typically share the following characteristics:

  • Sagging or Drooping Breasts

    Women who notice a loss of breast firmness and elasticity over time, often due to factors such as aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or significant weight fluctuations, may benefit from a breast lift. This procedure can restore the breasts’ natural perkiness and elevate the nipple position for a more rejuvenated contour.

  • Breast Ptosis

    Breast ptosis refers to the degree of sagging experienced by a patient. Candidates for a breast lift typically exhibit moderate to severe ptosis, where the breasts have descended noticeably from their original position. Dr. DuPéré can assess the degree of ptosis during the consultation to determine the most appropriate treatment plan.

  • Nipple and Areolar Position

    As breasts sag, the nipples and areolae can become elongated and point downward. If you are dissatisfied with the position or appearance of your nipples and areolae, a breast lift can help reposition them to a more aesthetically pleasing level.

  • Stretched Breast Skin

    Candidates often have excess skin that contributes to the sagging appearance of their breasts. A breast lift involves removing this excess skin, resulting in firmer and more youthful breasts.

  • Maintained Stable Weight

    To achieve the best and most long-lasting results, candidates should ideally be at a stable weight. Significant weight fluctuations after a breast lift can impact the surgical outcome, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will contribute to the longevity of the results.

  • Family Planning Considerations

    For women planning future pregnancies, it is advisable to postpone a breast lift until after completing their family. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can alter the breast shape, and undergoing a breast lift beforehand may compromise the results.

Breast Lift FAQ

  • What causes breasts to sag, and how can a breast lift address it?

    Breasts can sag due to various factors, including the loss of skin elasticity, pregnancy and breastfeeding, weight loss and the natural aging process. A breast lift – aka mastopexy – corrects sagging by removing excess skin, tightening and remodelling the breast tissue, and elevating the nipple and areola to a higher position on the chest wall. Liposuction is often a component of the procedure to better shape the breasts and to address the bra and axillary fatty rolls.

  • What is the difference between a breast lift and breast augmentation?

    A breast lift focuses on reshaping and lifting the breasts without significantly changing their size. On the other hand, breast augmentation aims to increase breast size and volume using implants or fat transfer. Some women may choose to combine both procedures, undergoing a breast lift and breast augmentation to achieve their desired outcome.

  • How is a breast lift performed, and what techniques are used?

    A breast lift is typically performed under general anesthesia. Various techniques can be used, depending on the extent of breast sagging and the desired results. Common techniques include the anchor-shaped incision, the lollipop – aka Lejour – incision, and the periareolar incision.

  • Will there be visible scarring after a breast lift?

    Breast lift surgery does result in some scarring; however, an experienced surgeon like Dr. DuPéré places incisions strategically to minimize their visibility. Scars usually fade over time and can be well-concealed within the natural contours of the breasts.

  • What is the recovery process like after a breast lift?

    The recovery period after a breast lift varies from person to person. Patients may experience some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication. It is essential to follow the surgeon’s post-operative care instructions and avoid strenuous activities during the initial healing phase.

  • Can a breast lift be combined with other procedures?

    Yes, a breast lift can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as breast augmentation or body contouring procedures. It is common to add a tummy tuck (aka mommy makeover) or arm lift procedure (after weight loss) with breast surgery. Dr. DuPéré will assess your unique needs and goals to create a personalized treatment plan that may include a combination of procedures to achieve the best overall results.

  • Are there any risks or complications associated with a breast lift?

    A breast lift is generally safe when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. DuPéré. However, like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications, including infection, scarring, changes in nipple sensitivity, and asymmetry. Dr. DuPéré will discuss these risks with you during the consultation and take every precaution to ensure a safe and successful outcome.

  • How long do the results of a breast lift last?

    The results of a breast lift are long-lasting, but the natural aging process and lifestyle factors may impact breast shape over time. Maintaining a stable weight and following a healthy lifestyle can help preserve the results for many years.

  • How can I get started with a breast lift?

    To explore a breast lift and determine if you are a suitable candidate, schedule a consultation with Dr. DuPéré. During this appointment, you will discuss your breast concerns and aesthetic goals, allowing Dr. DuPéré to recommend a personalized treatment plan to achieve beautifully lifted and rejuvenated breasts that enhance your overall confidence and well-being.

Potential Risks and Complications

Every procedure involves inherent risks. Although serious complications are extremely rare, Dr. DuPéré educates every breast lift patient about potential risks.

Those risks can include scarring, opening of the wound, discomfort for several days, bruising around the surgical sites, loss of sensation over the chest skin and, rarely, of the nipples, possible inability to breastfeed, temporary superficial vein inflammation, asymmetry, fluid accumulation (seroma and hematomas), infection, bleeding, nerve and vessel injury, skin necrosis, deep venous thrombosis (clotting), risks related to implants, and general anesthesia-related issues.