Breast lift procedures are common procedures. Typically, patients may have had their breast implants for several years and their breasts had dropped. Breasts may drop or sag because of breast feeding, changes in weight with either weight gain or weight loss, or simply secondary to time and gravity.
The breast lift procedure involves lifting the nipple areola complex into a higher position and then reducing the amount of skin that hangs down below the level of the nipple areola complex. This pattern is best depicted as an inverted T. The name for this procedure is a T-lift or a mastopexy. When an implant is placed the procedure is called a mastopexy-augmentation, or a removal and replacement of breast implants with a breast lift.
The satisfaction rate associated with a breast lift procedure is very high. For the first two days after the procedure, the incisions are covered with a bacitracin ointment and a xeroform gauze. The xerofrom gauze is removed after two days. For the first 4-6 weeks after the procedure the incisions are left open to air while they heal. After 4-6 weeks the incisions can be cared for with adhesive tape or silicone sheeting.