Breast Lift Surgery
What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is a type of cosmetic plastic surgery procedure which lifts and forms the breast to restore the natural breast shape. The drooping, downward-pointing nipple and the sagging breast skin are raised and repositioned to their former firm and upright position. A breast implant is often included if there is insufficient natural breast volume to provide a pleasing, full-breast shape. The deflated breast that is so commonly seen following nursing, pregnancy, dramatic weight change and aging can be restored to a more youthful, fuller appearance.
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Types of Breast Lifts
There are three main types of breast lift, or mastopexy, techniques, all of which serve the same purpose — to shape and elevate the breast to a higher, firmer and more youthful appearance. The more that stretched breast skin sags and hangs, the more extensive the skin removal will be. If a dramatic change in breast size and shape is needed, a breast lift is combined with a breast reduction or breast augmentation procedure.
Purse-String Circumareolar Breast Lift
This type of breast lift is best used for smaller, slightly ptotic breasts with less sagging and less drooping of the nipple. Women who undergo this type of breast lift typically are satisfied with their cup size and breast firmness.
The nipples can be repositioned by removing partial or complete circles of skin to produce a natural-looking lift, with a small incision positioned along the dark nipple margin. At the same time, the areola or dark area surrounding the nipple is made smaller and repositioned higher.
Vertical Breast Lift
This type of breast lift is best for moderate breast ptosis and medium-sized breasts in which the skin has lost its elasticity, producing looseness of the breast.
The Vertical Breast Lift is used to limit the incision size while providing a more substantial lift. This type of breast lift is also commonly referred to as a “Lollipop Lift.”
Anchor Breast Lift
For larger, more severely sagging breasts, the more extensive Anchor Breast Lift has been the classic technique.
Larger amounts of aging skin can be removed, and a more powerful and complete lifting of both the breast tissue and the nipple can be achieved.