60-120 min
Local with sedation / general
0-1 night
Return to society
7-10 days

Age, loss of skin elasticity, loss of weight, pregnancy and breastfeeding could lead to breast ptosis. Mastopexy, or breast lift, is the surgical procedure that aims to correct breast ptosis restore a physiologic breast volume while repositioning the nipple-areola complex.

Several techniques of mastopexy have been described; each one has different indications, depending on the degree of ptosis:

  • Periareolar mastopexy: generally indicated in case of mild to moderate ptosis. The nipple-areola complex and the gland are repositioned through a periareolar incision.
  • Vertical mastopexy (according to Lejour). This technique is able to treat moderate cutaneous and glandular ptoses. This technique allows, if desired, a small volume reduction. Scars are positioned around the areola and vertically from areola to inframammary fold.
  • Reverse T mastopexy. This technique is indicated for severe ptosis and allows a good breast reduction and reshaping. Compared to vertical mastopexy, this technique requires an additional scars in the inframammary fold (the resulting scar resembles an inverted T).
Preoperative evaluation