Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, restores a more youthful appearance to a woman's breasts. Over the years breasts can lose their shape and firmness due to pregnancy, nursing and loss of skin elasticity, causing them to sag. A breast lift will raise and reshape breasts slowing the effects of aging and gravity. This procedure can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple if the patient desires.
A breast lift does not increase the fullness of the upper portion of the breast; it simply allows removal of sagging breast tissue and repositioning of the nipple. For this reason, breast lifts are commonly performed in conjunction with breast augmentation (implants) to increase the fullness and improve the shape of the breasts. If you are planning a future pregnancy though, it is advisable to postpone your breast lift as pregnancy will likely cause further stretching and droop to the breasts.
As with all cosmetic surgery, realistic expectations and emotional stability are important. Though breasts of any size can be lifted, women with smaller breasts enjoy longer lasting results.
How if breast lift surgery performed?
There are many techniques for lifting the breast depending on the severity of the ptosis or breast drooping and deflation. All of them address the low nipple position. Some of them are more aggressive in reshaping the breast and removing excess skin. They can range from placement of a simple breast implant (breast augmentation or enhancement) for mild deformities, to "limited scar" techniques for moderate deformities, to longer scar techniques for those women needing the most correction. With these techniques, scars can range from almost unnoticeable to an anchor shaped scar around the nipple, down from the nipple to the breast fold, and under the breast fold. Dr. Constantine will discuss which technique is best for you. Most women are happy to trade a well planned, well healed scar for a more youthful, full, and uplifted breast.
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