Who is a candidate for mastopexy?

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July 12, 2013

Mastopexy is most commonly performed in postpartum patients with breasts that have sagged from multiple pregnancies and breast feeding. A deflated look is typical, with stretch marks, downward pointing nipples, and enlargement of the areolas (Figure 1).

Those experiencing massive weight loss following gastric bypass and other forms of bariatric (weight loss) surgery are also excellent candidates for mastopexy. These individuals usually exhibit the most severe conditions (Figure 2).

Figure 2

Patients in their twenties who have not been pregnant and are interested in a breast lift are usually not good candidates for surgery. Their conditions are usually mild and do not justify creating the scars necessary.


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