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Breast Lift

Mastopexy

A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour.

What words should I know about breast lift surgery?

Areola

Pigmented skin surrounding the nipple.

Breast augmentation

Also known as augmentation mammaplasty, breast enlargement by surgery.

Breast lift

Also known as mastopexy; surgery to lift the breasts.

Breast reduction

Also known as reduction mammaplasty, reduction of breast size by surgery.

Excision

To remove the skin.

General anesthesia

Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.

Hematoma

Blood pooling beneath the skin.

Intravenous sedation

Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.

Local anesthesia

A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.

Mammogram

An x-ray image of the breast.

Mastopexy

Surgery to lift the breasts.

Sutures

Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together.



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