Pregnancy, breast feeding, weight loss, and ageing leave their toll on a woman’s figure, especially their breasts. Loss of breast perkiness, fullness, and shape demoralizes many Beverly Hills women who want to flounder their figure in summer clothes.
Breast lift surgery, otherwise known as Mastopexy, is a procedure to lift and reshape sagging breasts. In fact, breast lift surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in Los Angeles. Any woman who has breast Ptosis, or sagging, is a candidate for Breast Lift surgery- Mastopexy.
There are a variety of “litmus” tests to determine if the degree of sagging in your breasts is advanced enough to warrant a Mastopexy. Many laypersons define breast sagging by how far the breast tissue descends on the chest wall. Beverly Hills Plastic surgeons, however, define breast sagging based on the position of the nipple in relation to the breast mount – or Inframammary Fold. Degrees of sagging, each defined specifically by plastic surgeons are:
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeons have devised “The Pencil Test” as another test for categorizing sagging breasts. This defines sagging breasts as those which hold a pencil in place under the breast under-fold. While many women consider some degree of sagging as normal and natural, The Bra Test determines that breasts which fall upon removal of the bra are ptotic(sagging) breasts.
Together, you and your plastic surgeon will determine which kind of Breast Lift procedure is best for you. During a Crescent Lift, the cosmetic surgeon removes a crescent-shaped piece of tissue above the areola and restores the tissue to a higher position. This creates a minor lift for patients who have Mild Ptosis. One risk of this technique is a slight egg-shaped areola for patients who have heavier breasts and do not wear good quality supportive bras following surgery.
During Concentric Mastopexy, also known as the Benelli Lift, the plastic surgeon makes circular incisions around the areola, and removes the doughnut-shaped skin between the two incisions. The plastic surgeon then moves the nipple and areola upward and stitches surrounding skin around the areola. The Benelli Breast Lift works best in women with smaller breasts and minimal sagging. A variation of this is the Benelli-Lollipop, which has straight incisions from beneath the areola to the mammary fold, rather than the circular ones. This is considered appropriate for women with Medium Ptosis.
Anchor-Shaped Mastopexy is the most common, and also the most invasive, Breast Lift procedure. Your Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon will make an incision above your nipple, in the shape of an anchor, with a circle at the top. The nipple is placed in the circle at the top of the “anchor,” forming the shape of the new breast. The lines at the bottom form the lower contour of your breast. The Beverly Hills plastic surgeon sutures the skin around the areola, vertically down to the chest, and side to side along the newly created bottom fold.
Sometimes, Breast Lift is combined with a Breast Augmentation (with a breast implant) procedure to restore breasts to a fuller and enhanced appearance. At other times, Breast Lift is combined with Breast Reduction surgery, with the aim of lifting the breasts while reducing their size to a more proportionate one. One alternative to a Breast Lift is a Nipple Lift alone. While this will not raise the breast itself to the fullest extent possible, it has the advantage of leaving a scar only around the upper half of the areola.
Breast Lift/Mastopexy is a very technically challenging procedure that should be performed only by a board-certified plastic surgeon who is highly experienced in performing it.
In the following sections Dr. Younai reviews your treatment options for Breast Lift & Mastopexy, including pros and cons of each procedure, potential risks and complications, recovery course, pre and post operative instructions, and esthetic outcomes. There are also many before-and-after pictures and high resolution images of Mastopexy available in our photo gallery.
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