Breast rejuvenation surgery has long been one of the most popular surgical procedures among women. While breast rejuvenation surgery has remained consistently popular
WHAT CAN A BREAST LIFT DO FOR ME?A woman’s breasts may droop as a result of the natural effects of aging, heredity, gravity, pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss. A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, is performed to return a youthful shape and lift to breasts that have sagged, or lost volume and firmness
Breast lifts rejuvenate the breasts by trimming excess skin and tightening supporting tissues to achieve an uplifted, youthful contour. After a mastopexy, the breasts are higher on the chest and firmer to the touch. Breast lifts can also reposition and reduce the size of the areola – the dark skin surrounding the nipple – which may have stretched or drooped.
Breast size does not change after a breast lift, nor does the fullness or roundness in the upper part of the breasts. Women who desire larger, smaller or more rounded breasts may want to consider a breast augmentation or breast reduction together with a breast lift.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A BREAST LIFT?
- Breasts sag
- Breasts have lost shape or volume
- Breasts are flat, elongated or pendulous (hanging)
- Breast skin and/or areola is stretched
- Nipples or areolas point downward
- One breast is lower than the other
- Nipples or areolas are located in the breast crease when breasts are unsupported
It is also very important that breast lift candidates:
- Maintain a stable weight
- Are generally healthy
- Do not smoke
- Discuss realistic goals with their plastic surgeon
HOWS IS MASTOPEXY PERFORMED?
Mastopexy may be performed in a hospital or in our accredited on-site operating room. It is usually done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia, and lasts from 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 hours.
There are several types of incision methods that can be used when performing a breast lift. The technique a surgeon chooses depends on the patient’s:
- Breast size and shape
- Degree of sagging
- Size and position of the areolas/nipples
- Amount of excess skin
- Skin quality
Three common types of incisions used in breast lifts are a doughnut-shaped incision around the areola (small-incision mastopexy, generally only recommended for patients with small breasts and minimal sagging); a lollipop-shaped incision around the areola and down to the breast crease; and a lollipop-shaped incision with an additional half-moon incision, in an anchor shape, along the breast crease.
In all cases, breast lift surgery begins with administration of anesthesia or IV sedation. Dr. Walden makes the necessary incisions, and then lifts and reshapes the breast tissue into its new, rejuvenated contour. She moves the nipple and areola higher on the breast, and removes extra skin around the perimeter if the areola is enlarged. Finally, she trims the excess breast skin that resulted from poor elasticity. Stitches layered deep throughout the breast tissue support the lifted breasts.
When the mastopexy is complete, the skin is closed with stitches, tissue adhesive and/or surgical tape. Some of the incisions are hidden in the breast crease. Others will be visible. All scars will mature with time.