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or augmentation-mastopexy

Mastopexy or augmentation-mastopexy

Ptosis describes descended breast parenchyma. Ptosis results when the parenchymal volume decreases and the skin envelope and supporting structures do not retract. There are many causes associated with breast ptosis as: thin skin or excessive breast size, atrophy, gravity, loss of skin elasticity from age, weight gain, postpartum changes from lactation or engorgement, etc.
The breast assumes a lower position on the chest wall and the youthful breast contour is lost.

Mastopexy, often referred to as breast lift, is the surgical procedure designed to correct breast ptosis. It is indicated in women who desire improved breast contour without a volume change.

Augmentation-mastopexy is a technique used to simultaneously correct low volume and skin excess or breast ptosis. In this case, a breast implant is introduced during mastopexy procedure.

Technical points

The surgical procedure takes about 2H. It is performed under general anaesthesia. It can be performed on outpatient or inpatient basis (1 night).

At any age, screening for breast cancer (mammography and/or ultrasound) before surgery is indicated.

Many breast reduction techniques with different scar patterns have been described.
All the techniques have advantages and disadvantages that will be discussed with you during the preoperative evaluation.
The size and shape of the breast before surgery will influence the technique selected.
Short-scar techniques are always preferred, when possible.

Postoperative care


  • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen for routine pain control.
  • Diazepam (Valium) or similar anxiolytics may be useful for pectoralis relaxation.
  • Prophylactic antibiotics (short course)


  • Usually used and will be removed after drainage reduction
  • Usually this happens 2 to 3 days after surgery


Medical brassiere; no underwire or push-up bras for 6 weeks


  • Light aerobic exercise or professional activity after 7 days
  • Heavy lifting after 4 to 6 weeks

Complications and surgical risks

Mastopexy or augmentation-mastopexy is considered a safe procedure. However, all surgeries have their own risks and complications. Some of the most frequent are:

  • Hematoma
  • Seroma
  • Infection
  • Asymmetry
  • Wound-healing complications
  • Unsatisfactory scarring, hypertrophic scar or keloid
  • Recurrent ptosis

In cases augmentation-mastopexy is performed, implant related complications may also occur [ see chapter ].


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