BREAST LIFT (Mastopexy)
Breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy, removes excess breast skin to raise, reshape and firm your breasts. The nipples and areolas (the pigmented skin around the nipples) are repositioned, and the areolas sometimes may be reduced in size. If desired, implants may be inserted in conjunction with a breast lift to increase breast volume.
CONSIDERING A BREAST LIFT
Loss of skin elasticity, gravity and other factors such as weight loss, pregnancy and breast-feeding ultimately affect the shape and firmness of your breasts. Patients who are generally satisfied with the size of their breasts can have a breast lift to raise and firm them, resulting in a more youthful breast contour. Some patients may be unhappy that they have lost a significant amount of breast volume over time. In such cases, implants inserted in conjunction with a breast lift can increase breast size at the same time as the shape and position of the breasts are enhanced.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A BREAST LIFT?
You may be a good candidate for breast lift surgery if you have one or more of the following conditions:
Sometimes these conditions may be inherited traits. In certain cases, the breasts may have developed differently so that one breast is firm and well positioned while the other is not. Many women decide to undergo breast lift surgery before having children and feel that they can address any subsequent changes later. Since the milk ducts and nipples are left intact, breast lift surgery usually will not affect your ability to breast-feed.
YOUR PERSONAL CONSULTATION
During the consultation, you will be asked about your desired breast shape and size. Your plastic surgeon will discuss with you how your nipples and areolas will be repositioned.
HOW WILL MY PLASTIC SURGEON EVALUATE ME FOR BREAST LIFT SURGERY?
Your plastic surgeon will examine your breasts, taking measurements and preoperative photographs for your medical record. The size and shape of your breasts, the quality of your skin, and the placement of the nipples and areolas will be carefully evaluated.
You should tell your plastic surgeon if you plan to lose a significant amount of weight, particularly if you have noticed that your breasts sag or become smaller with weight loss.
RESULTS OF A BREAST LIFT
Breast lift surgery will make your breasts firmer and more uplifted. The position of your areolas and nipples will be enhanced, and the size of your areolas will be aesthetically pleasing.
The incisions from your breast lift surgery will heal and fade over time. It is important to realize that the incision lines will be permanently visible. In some instances, they will eventually be only faint lines. Fortunately, the incisions for your breast lift are in locations easily concealed by clothing, even low-cut necklines.