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Also known as mastopexy, breast lift is a surgical procedure used to lift and reshape breasts that have become less firm, often due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss or gravity. Do not hesitate to request your first medical consultation in Geneva to be able to present your project to Doctor Xavier Tenorio. After studying your history and medical history, the best cosmetic surgery solution will be offered to you to resolve your sagging breast problem. Our entire Geneva team is available to answer your questions and help you move forward with your cosmetic surgery project.

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“Breast ptosis” is defined as the sagging of the gland and distension of the skin of the breast. As a result, the nipple takes a very low position usually associated with a constant “empty” of the upper part of the breast. Breast ptosis most often results from significant weight loss after pregnancy with breastfeeding. A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, is typically recommended for women who have sagging breasts or have lost firmness due to age, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or significant weight loss. Women who have asymmetrical breasts or whose nipples point downward may also be candidates for a breast lift. It is important to note that mastopexy does not change the size of the breasts, but can help lift them for a more youthful, firmer appearance.

When to do a Breast Lift or Mastopexy?

Breast lift is recommended in cases where the nipple-areola complex is lower than the inframammary fold. The technique used for this operation depends on the degree of lifting required and the need to also reduce the size of the areola, which is generally larger in this type of breast.

A combination of the two. Mastopexy with breast augmentation?

In many cases, the surgeon recommends combining breast augmentation and breast lift. This is particularly the case for patients with considerable excess skin and a notable reduction in CAP, as well as low breast volume. For an ideal result, appropriate breast implants are placed and a mastopexy is subsequently performed. In the
case where the nipples, seen in profile, are above the inframammary fold (i.e. the fold where the breast and torso meet, in the lower area), and the main problem is that the upper part of the breast is empty, it is normal to recommend the placement of a prosthesis. This breast implant helps restore lost volume, improve breast proportions and give the entire breast a smoother and rejuvenated appearance. A mastopexy or breast lift is an operation aimed at correcting breast ptosis, that is to say the sagging and descent of the breasts in women. The descent of the breast towards the bottom of the chest, compared to its position in youth, is a physiological phenomenon linked to the aging of the skin and glandular tissue, but
In some women (especially those with larger breasts), it can be early and more obvious due to family predisposition or following pregnancy. It is aggravated by factors such as smoking, high body mass index, rapid weight changes, and not wearing clothes that support the breasts. Many
patients wrongly believe that the use of a breast implant is necessary to fill a sagging and hollow breast. In reality, a breast with a glandular component, even of medium volume, can be lifted and reshaped, giving a fuller appearance to the neckline, using only its own tissues, creating a flap of glandular tissue that becomes a “self-prosthesis ” of breast tissue. In cases where the volume of the own tissue is too low or if a greater increase is desired, it is possible to perform an additive mastopexy with insertion of silicone breast implants.
For any surgical procedure, it is advisable to abstain from smoking for 15 days before and 15 days after the operation in order to improve tissue vascularization and wound healing. The patient must be in good health, and in case of infection or recent health problems, it is advisable to postpone the operation. In the week before the operation, it is necessary to avoid
take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to prevent coagulation alterations.
In some patients, when minor correction is necessary, the operation can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation. The operation can last between 60 and 180 minutes, depending on the volume of the breasts and the type of correction needed. There are different surgical techniques with different types of incisions and therefore scars, the most used being scars around
the areola, possibly with an associated vertical section and sometimes a section in the inframammary fold. The choice of the most suitable technique varies depending on the size of the breasts, their degree of ptosis (descent), the position of the areolas and nipples. The final appearance of the scars depends on the patient’s individual healing ability and can only be partially predicted based on skin type, complexion (dark-skinned patients tend to have more pronounced scars), possible presence of certain pathologies or lifestyle habits (smoking negatively influences the healing processes). In all cases, these signs generally tend to fade over time and no scar is present at the neckline and in the area above the areola (upper half of the breast visible from the bra and of the costume). In cases where an increase in volume is necessary, breast contouring can be combined with the placement of silicone breast implants.

Breast surgery to lift the breasts

In certain cases of minimal breast ptosis, correction can be carried out exclusively through a periareolar incision. In cases where ptosis is associated with volume deficiency alone, correction can be achieved through the use of breast implants.

A breast reduction can be performed from the end of puberty. A new pregnancy and breastfeeding are still possible, but we advise waiting at least six months after the procedure. The risk of cancer is not increased.

Whether you suffer from sagging breasts following pregnancy, weight loss or simply age, a breast lift may be right for you. By tightening the tissue around the areola and nipple, it can give your breasts more shape and volume, while also lifting them up your chest.

Psychological Effects of Breast Lift

A breast lift can help restore your confidence and self-image if you feel that your breasts are too small or sagging. Breast lift is a procedure that involves removing excess skin from the breast and tightening the underlying tissues to give a more youthful appearance to the breasts. The procedure may also include breast augmentation (implants), which is an additional step in improving overall breast volume.
Generally speaking, a woman should consider this type of surgery if she has sagging breasts after childbirth or weight loss; However, there are other reasons why women opt for this type of reconstructive surgical procedure.

Breast lift basics?

Breast lift is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of sagging breasts. During this procedure, excess skin and fat is removed from around the breasts and new muscle tissue is created to support them. Your surgeon may also perform nipple correction during breast lift if you want to improve their size or position within the new contour of your breasts.
The most common type of breast lift is performed without implants and involves removing excess skin above and below each breast, to create more space for them to insert in their new position on the chest wall. This type of surgery often results in an improvement in shape as well as a loss of volume over time due to gravity pulling on the loose skin cells inside each pocket created by the removal of excess of fat during liposuction procedures performed before (or even after) any cosmetic enhancements such as breast augmentation surgeries).

Breast surgeries compared?

Breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a procedure that tightens and lifts sagging breasts. The procedure can be performed with or without implants, depending on the desired result. Breast reduction involves removing excess fat and skin from the breast to make it smaller, while preserving its natural shape. It is often performed as part of a tummy tuck when large amounts of fat in the upper abdomen need to be removed, as well as excess skin after pregnancy or weight loss.
Breast augmentation adds volume and projection to flat or underdeveloped breasts using saline implants filled with a sterile salt water solution placed behind each breast tissue below the pectoral muscles through small incisions around the nipples so that they rest naturally under them when standing straight forward without leaning forward at all; Silicone gel-filled implants are also available but are not recommended because they are more likely than saline implants to rupture over time.

Post-operative pain after a breast lift

Immediate postoperative pain is treated with appropriate medications. Swelling (edema) and bruising (bruising) are normally seen and resolve spontaneously. The first dressing is changed 24 or 48 hours after the procedure. The second dressing is lighter and easier to handle. The patient leaves the clinic 24 to 48 hours after the procedure, and is re-examined in consultation two to three days later. The maturation of scars can be different from person to person, which is why they are carefully monitored. It is common for the scars to take on a pinkish tint during the second and third post-operative months; they then gradually flatten and become paler over the course of a year. They can, however, remain enlarged, or remain active for more than a year. The scars do not disappear completely, but their appearance
improves over time.
Asymmetries of volume, height, size or orientation may be observed. In any case, secondary surgical correction can be performed, after at least a year or two. Complications related to anesthesia will be discussed during the consultation with the anesthesiologist. When it comes to surgical intervention, choosing a qualified plastic surgeon reduces these risks to a minimum, but does not eliminate them completely.
Fortunately, real complications following breast reduction are rare. In practice, the vast majority of cases go smoothly and patients are fully satisfied with their results. Rare but possible complications: Infection requiring
antibiotic treatment and sometimes surgical drainage. Hematoma formation requiring drainage (evacuation). Decreased sensitivity, especially in the nipple, but normal sensitivity usually returns within 6 to 18 months.
Disorders of the healing process observed in heavy smokers and diabetic patients. Hypertrophic scars and even keloids, in patients whose healing process is unfavorable. In summary, it is not necessary to overestimate the risks, but we must realize that any surgical operation, even seemingly simple, involves
always a small amount of risk.
Recourse to a qualified surgeon allows these complications to be identified and effectively treated. I advise keeping this document and re-reading it after the consultation. Perhaps this reading will bring up new questions, to which our team will be ready to answer effectively.

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Type of breast lift with and without scars and treatment methods

Vertical techniques

Peri-areolar incisions

Augmentation mammaire Genève

Pure ptosis


We use absorbable sutures, however, if non-absorbable sutures have been used, they will be removed 10 days after the procedure. It is advisable to consider convalescence leave of 8 to 15 days.

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A usual preoperative assessment is carried out in accordance with federal rules. The anesthetist will see you no later than 48 hours before the procedure.

In addition to the usual preoperative examinations, certain imaging examinations may be prescribed (mammography, ultrasound). Medications containing aspirin should be stopped at least 10 days before the procedure.


The final result can only be judged one year after the operation: the shape of the breast is then generally harmonious and symmetrical or close to symmetry. However, most patients are very satisfied during the immediate postoperative period

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

A breast lift breasts, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that aims to lift and reshape sagging breasts to give them a more youthful and toned shape. It does not necessarily change the size of the breasts, but improves their position and shape. Breast augmentation, on the other hand, involves the insertion of implants to increase breast volume. These two procedures can be combined if the patient wishes to both lift her breasts and increase their size.

What can I expect in terms of results after a breast lift?

The result of a breast lift is generally firmer and better positioned breasts. The chest has a more youthful appearance with improved shape and contour. Results are visible immediately, although the final result is often not assessed until the swelling and bruising has completely disappeared, usually a few months after the operation

How long is the recovery time after a breast lift?

Recovery after a breast lift varies by individual, but patients should generally plan to take at least a week off. During the first few days, it is common to experience moderate pain which can be controlled with medication. It is important to wear a support bra for several weeks after surgery to help with healing and the formation of the new shape of the breasts.

When can I return to sport after a breast lift?

It is recommended to avoid strenuous exercise for at least four to six weeks after a mastopexy. Light activities, such as walking, can be resumed relatively early to promote circulation, but exercises involving impact or sudden movements, such as running or lifting heavy weights, should be avoided until the surgeon gives his agreement.

Is there any special care to follow after a breast lift?

Yes, it is crucial to follow post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon. This includes taking care of the incisions, maintaining good hygiene, and wearing the prescribed special bra. Regular follow-ups with the surgeon are essential to monitor healing and discuss any potential problems. Avoid direct sun exposure to scars for several months, as this can affect their appearance.

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