Breast lift or Mastopexy tightens the skin of the breast without removing breast tissue. The breasts may enlarge with pregnancy and go away after breastfeeding leaving stretched out skin. Or the breasts may shrink with weight loss, leaving stretch out skin. The point of a Mastopexy, besides tightening the skin, is to move the nipple up on the breast.
There are three types of Mastopexy
Periareolar – scar is only around the areola. This can only move the nipple up about an inch and is often combined with implants.
Lollipop – So named because the position of the scar looks like a lollipop.
Full Mastopexy – This is necessary when there is a great deal of droop. The scar looks like an “anchor” or “inverted T”.
An implant can be added with any of the lifts. Downtime is around a week. Risks include loss of feeling in the nipple and noticeable scars.