The breast lift or mastopexy is a surgical procedure that repairs drooping breasts which, over the course of the years and due to pregnancy, rapid changes in weight or breastfeeding, have lost elasticity and firmness.
The procedure is normally carried out under general anaesthetic, although a local anaesthetic and sedatives may also be used when only a small incision is required. It may last between one and a half and three hours, and is not advised for those women who plan to become pregnant, although the surgery does not interfere with breastfeeding.
Recovery is gradual and patients can return to work after a week. During the first few days, a gentle support bra must be worn, and it is possible that a loss of sensitivity in the nipples and skin of the breasts may be felt. This usually disappears after around six weeks and the opposite rarely occurs.
Although the results are not permanent, they do last for some years, especially with small breasts.