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Mastopexy is a cosmetic surgical operation to reshape the breasts so they look more youthful and firm.
The operation is normally carried out under a general anaesthetic and will often involve an overnight stay in hospital, depending on the extent and size of the procedure. Pleats of surplus skin are removed from underneath the breasts, the breasts are remodelled into a tighter cone and the nipples are repositioned at a higher level. Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple).
The best results are achieved in women with small sagging breasts, although breasts of any size can be lifted.