Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, weight loss and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman's breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. The Breast Lift or Mastopexy is a procedure to reshape the breast and create or restore a more youthful "perkier" appearance. Most women are happier with the more youthful appearance of their breasts after a breast lift and feel more attractive. Many women, especially those with very drooping breasts, say that they are more comfortable after the breast lift and are better able to participate in physical activity.
Many women seek a mastopexy because pregnancy and nursing have left them with stretched skin and less volume in their breasts. However, if you're planning to have more children shortly after surgery, it may be a good idea to postpone your breast lift. While there are no special risks that affect future pregnancies, pregnancy is likely to stretch your breasts again and offset the results of the procedure.
Breast Lift Procedure
The techniques of this surgery vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision following the natural contour of the breast. The incision outlines the area from which breast skin will be removed and defines the new location for the nipple. When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved to the higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is then brought down and together to reshape the breast. In some cases this procedure can be combined with an augmentation to increase the size of the breasts while reshaping them. The operation and /or set of incisions that will give you the best overall appearance will be determined at the time of your consultation. As with any surgical procedure there are potential risks and these too will be discussed at your consultation.
Breast Lift's or Reductions
Throw away the anchor!
The exciting news in breast surgery today is what has been euphemistically called the "Scar Wars." Formally breast reductions and most breast Breast Lifts were done with what had been called an inverted T or anchor scar. This placed an incision around the nipple-areola, one vertically downward from there and one in the fold. This operation very predictably enhanced the shape of the breast while reducing and/or lifting it. However, some patient's formed very visible scars following this operation that did not resolve over time. This left the patient with a better shape but with scars on her breast that may be visible in lingerie, bathing suits, and low cut tops.
In an effort to eliminate big scars, operations have now been developed in the USA, Europe and South America to limit the amount of scarring while preserving a youthful contour to the breast. In most cases the scar can be either limited to around the nipple-areola complex, or for larger breasts a short vertical scar going down from the areola. With this technique the incision under the breast has now been done away with. Throw away the anchor scar!
Very few surgeons in the United States have adopted or are even aware of this technique, but we have been using it in our office for several years now. We have had very exciting results with patients who have been very happy that they have gone with this newer technique.
Our goal with breast surgery is to give each patient the prettiest looking breast with as little scarring as possible.