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Breast lift (mastopexy)

Mastopexy - the breast lift - tightens breast tissues and removes excess skin, giving them a more ideal shape and position.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012

A good bra can lift you up, but the only long-term solution to drooping breasts is surgery. Mastopexy-the breast lift-tightens breast tissues and removes excess skin, giving them a more ideal shape and position. The surgical procedure addresses the underlying tissues so your breasts can sit higher and more upright on your chest.

What It's Good For

Breasts naturally slump with age, but weight loss, pregnancy, and nursing can hasten their descent. A breast lift can reshape the underlying breast tissues and remove excess skin.

Who it works for: Breasts should be fully grown (meaning no young ones allowed). The surrounding skin should be elastic enough to contract after surgery.

Recommended age range: Women most commonly seek breast lifts between the age of 35 and 50. In 2009, this age bracket accounted for more than half of the breast lifts performed in the U.S.

Breast lifts can be ineffective after 65 years old as the surrounding skin relaxes. Still, about 2,000 women in the U.S. over 65 had their breasts lifted in 2009.

When will I see results?: The final results of a breast lift aren't apparent for about six months - the time is takes for swelling to subside. Scars tend to mar the surgery site for longer, healing slowly over a 12 to 18 month period.

How long it lasts: A breast lift can last five to 10 years, but the surgery won't trick science forever. Your breasts will eventually sink down with age as they lose elasticity and give in to gravity. Weight loss, pregnancy, and breast feeding can reverse the effects of surgery prematurely.

Key benefits of breast lift (mastopexy): Breast lift surgery has a 96% patient satisfaction rate, 99% of who would do it again if needed, and 91% of who claimed their self esteem was improved.

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