Mastopexy (Breast Lift) FAQs

Also known as a breast lift, a mastopexy is a surgical procedure that redefines the shape of the breasts. During this operation, excess skin will be removed and the breast tissue itself is reshaped to lift the breasts.  

How long does it take to recover from a breast lift? 

While every woman’s body is unique, recovery times for a mastopexy can take up to 6 weeks. You’ll most likely feel aches and pains around the point of incision for several months following your procedure. 

How bad are the scars after a breast lift? 

Scarring is an inevitable part of any breast lift procedure. How prominent your scars appear depends on where your Mercy surgeon makes his or her incision(s). Your scars can take as long as a year and a half to heal, but will become less noticeable over time. 

How long does a breast lift last?

There isn't a set time that the results of a breast lift will last. Factors such as your age, genetics and dietary habits can all affect how long your breast lift lasts. Taking care of your skin and avoiding weight fluctuation can extend the life of your breast lift. 

Does insurance cover a breast lift?

Since most breast lifts are considered cosmetic surgeries, most insurance providers won't cover the cost of them. However, if a mastopexy is a part of a reconstruction done after a mastectomy (breast removal), exceptions may be made. 

Can you breastfeed after a breast lift?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, mothers who've had a breast lift surgery should still be able to produce milk for breastfeeding. However, it's possible their overall milk supply won't be completely full. 

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