A breast lift is indicated when there is too much loose skin for the volume of breast tissue. The breasts hang down over the crease under the breast and the nipples may point downward. This can occur from pregnancy and breast feeding, with large weight loss, or because of aging. Typically, the nipple needs to be elevated and often made smaller. The excess skin is removed from the lower part of the breast. If the nipple needs to be moved any distance, there will be an inverted T scar pattern. The nipple is moved to the top of the inverted T and the skin flaps close together under the nipple. The horizontal inframammary incision completes the closure. No breast tissue is removed with a lift but the skin removed usually has a volume of 1 ounce or less. Drains are generally not necessary. Sutures are usually removed in 7-10 days. This procedure does not cause much postoperative discomfort. Return to normal activity in one week and strenuous activity in 2-3 weeks. If there is loose skin but the nipple does not need to be elevated very much, a periareolar or crescent mastopexy can be used.
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