Breast lift or Mastopexy is a surgical procedure to raise or lift the breasts by removing excess skin, tissue, raising areola and nipple into a more forward position, and also tightening the surrounding tissues to support and reshape the breasts. It also addresses uneven and sagging of breasts. In some cases, the areola becomes enlarged over time, and breast lift helps to reduce it. Breast Lift surgery can rejuvenate your look, by restoring youthfulness, pleasing shape, feminine proportions, etc.
Pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, weight fluctuations, heredity are some factors due to which skin loses its elasticity. It’s usually performed on both breasts, but in some cases, the procedure performed on a unilateral basis, i.e. on one breast to achieve symmetry with the other breast.
There is a variety of incision technique for the surgery, therefore the technique used will vary based on a patient’s existing breast tissue, the amount of excess skin removed. After examining the surgeon will recommend you the type of breast lift that will achieve optimal results.
Crescent Lift: Crescent lift technique will be used for those women who have a very small amount of sagging to correct. It involves only a small incision running halfway around the top half of the edge of the areola. Normally, a crescent lift is possible only when a patient is also having breast augmentation, & even in these cases the crescent incision type is less frequently used.
Peri-Areolar or “Donut” Lift: Peri-Areolar or “Donut” Lift technique will be used for those women who have mild sagging. It involves a circular incision running around the edge of the areola, like the crescent incision type, is usually performed in conjunction with breast augmentation. It can also helpful in reducing areola size. The resulting scar traces the edge of the areola.
Vertical or “Lollipop” Lift: Vertical or “Lollipop” Breast Lift used for those women, who wants to remove excess skin and reshape the entire breast with modest, easily hidden scars. It involves 2 incisions – one around the edge of the areola, and the second one running vertically from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold, create a youthful shape.
Inverted T or “Anchor” Lift: Inverted T or “Anchor” Lift used by those women who have considerable sagging, an anchor lift, pendulous breasts, due to which a significant amount of excess sagging tissues and skin may yield the best results. It involves 3 incisions: the first one is around the edge of the areola, the second one is vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, and the third one is along the inframammary fold, hidden in the breast crease. It is also used when you have a breast reduction with the lift.
The cost for breast lift surgery ranges from $3000-$6500, depends on the geographic location, type of lift performed and also how extensive the lift is. More extensive lift surgery takes more time, so it also costs higher. Some patients have only mild ptosis requiring only a ‘mini-lift’, while others have severe breast drooping well below the inframammary fold.
To restore a better breast shape following breastfeeding & pregnancy.
There are some unwelcome changes to the breasts, often leaving them stretched and sagging, during pregnancy. These changes can undo with the help of breast lift, to restore a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
To improve breast contour after significant weight loss.
Losing weight often means losing breast volume. In this case, a breast lift helps in restoring more youthful and proportionate breasts.
To enjoy a beautiful, perky breast shape.
A small but growing number of breast lift patients have had drooping breasts since their teens. Breast lift provides a woman, the breast profile she has always wanted.
The Breast Lift surgery procedure can achieve through various approaches of incision techniques and patterns. The appropriate technique will be based on breast shape, a size of the areolas and breast, the position of the areola, how much breast is sagging, Elasticity and quality of skin and also the excess skin. The Breast Lift procedure takes around one to three hours to perform and require general anesthesia. Sometimes the procedure can take more time if breast augmentation is done with breast lift surgery.
Here are some of the common steps of the procedure:
The surgeon will give general anesthesia during the surgical procedure.
There are three common incision patterns:
a) Around the areola
b) Around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease
c) Around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease
Reshaping your breasts
After making the incisions:
- Basically, the breast tissue is raised and remodeled to improve breast contours and firmness.
- The nipples and areola are repositioned to a natural, younger height.
- If necessary, reduces enlarged areolas by excising skin at the perimeter.
- The excess skin of the breast removes to compensate for the loss of elasticity.
Closing the incisions
After your breasts are reshaped and excess skin is removed, then the remaining skin is tightened as the incisions are closed with sutures, skin adhesives and surgical tape.
If you are unhappy with the sagging breast or you want the size of your breasts post-pregnancy, then you are a candidate for a breast lift. Sometimes, breast augmentation is necessary with breast lift surgery, to achieve your goals. A good candidate for breast lift surgery is typical:
- Must be over 18 yrs old
- Have breasts that are sagging
- Not planning on breastfeeding
- Breasts that are not equal in size
- Have breasts that lack firmness or substance
- Has nipples and areolas that point downward
- In good overall health and at or near their goal weight
The main breast lift benefit is the overall effect it can have on your figure, gives you perkier and firmer breasts. Your bust line will more define, certain clothing will fit better, and you will have an overall more youthful appearance.
Correct Drooping Breasts
Stretched skin and loss of volume resultant drooping breasts. Often, these effects are due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, extensive weight loss, or simple aging. It is designed chiefly to improve the look of drooping and sagging breasts by removing excess skin and lifting the inner breast tissue. A breast lift improves the symmetry. If the breast lift procedure combines with implants, it can further enhance your figure.
Restore Youthful Appearance
With growing age, the skin will begin to stretch and therefore you will lose volume in your breasts. Due to which, it creates a droopy look which exacerbates by breastfeeding or excessive weight loss. Through Breast Lift you achieve the look you want, as the breasts rest high on the chest and thus are proportionate to the body.
Sagging Breasts affect your overall self-confidence. Breast Lift helps in improving self-esteem, by creating shapelier, symmetrical, and younger looking breasts. Improved confidence level will increase your quality of life.
Improve Physical Health
Breast Lift is a cosmetic procedure which performs to enhance your image. But sometimes it performed due to improving physical well-being and also for reducing discomfort. Like in some cases, sagging breast chaffing under the breast crease and drooping breasts also lead to back and neck pain.
- Significant discomfort
- Pronounced or worsening swelling
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Infection and bleeding
- Changes in sensation
- Allergic reactions
- Swelling and Bruising
- Altered Sensation
- Uneven nipple position
- Breast asymmetry
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