Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift, also known as a Mastopexy, is a procedure done to improve sagging or drooping breasts. Breast sagging or drooping, also called breast ptosis, have multiple factors contributing to this very common issue. Women may experience sagging breasts as well as deflated breasts. This can include losing breast volume and may lead to just sagging “empty” skin.

Factors which may contribute to sagging breasts include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Heredity, this can be genetic
  • Gravity, which pulls the breasts downward gradually
  • Aging (the skin loses its elasticity and ability to support the breasts)
  • Fluctuations in weight. Weight loss can lead to excess skin causing the breasts to sag.

What a Breast Lift Can and Cannot Do

A breast lift will change the shape of your breasts to improve their appearance making them fuller and higher on the chest. This properly positions the breasts on the chest. When the breasts begin to droop, the nipple and areolae tend to sag below the level of the breast crease and the nipples may point downward as well. This can be corrected by relocating the areolae and nipples higher on the breasts. It may also improve the firmness of the breasts.

What a breast lift won’t do is change the size of your breasts significantly. The actual volume of your breasts stays about the same, but the 3D shape changes. If you aren’t pleased with the overall size and volume of your breasts, breast augmentation might be the right procedure for you (using a breast implant). Sometimes these procedures can be performed at the same time. However, not everyone is a candidate for this because by doing both procedures at once, there is an increased rate of complications. If your breasts are very deflated in addition to sagging, a breast lift alone will not improve firmness and volume. Also, if you are looking for breast fullness or roundness high on the chest, or an “enhanced look”, a breast lift alone will not give you the result you seek.

Different Types of Breast Lifts

There are three common types of breast lift procedures. Each one requires the removal of some of the breast skin and the restoration and repositioning of the nipple and areolae. As with any plastic surgery, no single procedure is right for everyone. Your consultation with Dr. Fisher will determine which procedure is right for you.

The various types of breast lifts include:

  • The periareolar breast lift, or concentric lift, is a lift done only with incisions around the areola. Ideally, this type of breast lift corrects mild ptosis. Few people are candidates for having a good result with only this type of lift.
  • The vertical breast lift, or lollipop lift, is performed with incisions that go both around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease from the areola.
  • The inverted T breast lift, or anchor lift, has the above incisions but also requires a horizontal incision in the breast crease.

Mastopexy BeforeMastopexy After

Before & After of a real patient – Mastopexy with Breast Implants

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If you are interested in learning more about the Breast Lift (Mastopexy) procedure, contact our Palo Alto, CA office today at 650.321.7100. Our practice, Elite Transformations, is located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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