The changes that occur in the breasts with aging, or following pregnancy, breast feeding or significant weight loss result in the loss of breast volume and shape.
Reasons for considering a breast lift include:
- Correcting the sagging caused by aging and gravity
- Elevating or realigning nipples that point down or to the side
- Decrease the size of a nipple/areola that has been stretched out
- Firm the substance of the breast
A breast lift or mastopexy is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape breasts. It may also diminish the size of the areola (the pigmented skin around the nipple) if desired.
In most cases, depending on the amount of excess skin to be removed, a mastopexy will result in the same or a slightly lesser volume of the resulting uplifted breast. It will not “force” breast tissue up higher in the breast as one would see with a push up bra. It can be combined with the simultaneous placement of a breast implant in the subpectoral position if an increase in volume or more superior fullness is desired.
Breast Lift Procedure
The breast lift is an outpatient procedure which can take anywhere from one and a half to two and a half hours, depending on how much skin is to be removed, and whether or not an implant is to be placed. It is usually performed under general anesthesia with a board certified anesthesiologist, although in circumstances where only a small amount of skin is to be removed, sedation and local anesthesia may be utilized.
The amount of skin removed depends on the position of the nipple, the amount of sagging, and whether or not an implant is to be inserted. Before surgery, the appropriate new position for the nipple is determined. The amount of skin to be removed may vary from a small crescent of skin from above the areola, an asymmetrical donut shaped area around the areola, to an area both around and below the areola and inferior breast. Placing an implant will necessarily fill up some of the excess skin and require less to be removed. The area of skin that must be removed to give an acceptable cosmetic result dictates the scars that will result. It may vary from a simple scar at the upper margin of the areola, to a scar around the areola, to a scar with a “lollipop” extension inferiorly, to an “anchor” shaped scar in cases with the most skin excess.
Contact the Aesthetic Surgery Center of Napa Valley
If you would like more information on breast lift surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Zimmermann, please contact the Aesthetic Surgery Center of Napa Valley today.