Breast Lift (MASTOPEXY)

As a symbol of femininity and quintessential female sexual trait, breasts have elicited concern and admiration from women and men alike throughout the history of humankind.

Their beauty and harmony are linked to feelings of self-confidence and security in interpersonal relationships, sex life, psychological issues and maternity. Women attach great importance to their breasts, with concern over external appearance (shape, size, fullness, the specific features of the areola and nipple) and breastfeeding capacity, and attend regular medical examinations to ensure their health.

Mastopexy is surgery intended to lift and shape sagging breasts.


Women who, as a result of pregnancy, breastfeeding, significant weight loss or the passage of time, have ’empty’ or sagging breasts.

Preoperative Period

During the first visit, the surgeon will perform a physical examination to assess the patient’s clinical condition and that of her breasts. By means of a complete medical history, he or she will learn of any personal or family histories of disease (high blood pressure, diabetes, lung diseases, close relatives who have had cancer, etc.), the history of the breasts themselves (size, shape, firmness) and anything that might alter the condition of the glands (pregnancy, breastfeeding, changes occurring as part of the menstrual cycle).

Based on this information and the patient’s motives, the physician will recommend the type of surgery to be performed, the appropriate breast size, the shape of the implants and content to be used (saline solution, silicon gel or hydrogel).

Surgical Technique

The surgery is performed in an operating room, usually under general anesthesia.

Mastopexy surgery tends to last between 2 and 3.5 hours.

The incision is made around the areola and vertically down to the inframammary fold. The mammary gland is then separated from the muscle layer on the top, bottom and side, and the excess skin is removed. Immediately thereafter, the areola and nipple are repositioned at the new point and the incision is closed with absorbable stitches, adjusting the skin as required to ensure the breast has a conical shape.

Postoperative Period

The patient will remain at the clinic for the first 24 hours with drainage tubes and a dressing over her breasts, receiving painkillers and antibiotics.

As of the second day, the drainage tubes will be removed and the patient may be discharged with medication and instructions from the surgeon.

Swelling, dull pain, occasional sharp pain and tingling and burning in the nipples are normal during this stage and can be lessened with the use of a mild painkiller. Reduced breast sensitivity is also common.

Between the fourth and sixth day, the original bandages are removed, an examination is performed and the wounds are treated and redressed. In some cases, small hypoallergenic bandages may be placed on the bottom of the breasts. A special bra without underwire must be worn at all times to help shape and support the breasts as the swelling reduces throughout the post-operative recovery period.

Patients can return to work relatively quickly, provided they follow the specialist’s instructions.

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