Gravity, the scientific principle that keeps us grounded, often results in unwanted effects on other parts of our bodies. Weight loss, pregnancy, intense aerobic activity, and genetics can make once perky breasts sag and lose their shape, leaving you feeling self-conscious with a tendency to cover up. Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) can provide a youthful, shapely contour to the breast and restore your confidence by:
- Reducing the size of your areola
- Repositioning your nipples
- Reshaping your breasts
- Replacing lost volume when performed in combination with a breast augmentation
- Adjusting any difference in size between your two breasts
- Nipple reduction
Do I Need a BreastLift?
One of the most commonly asked questions is, “Do I need a breast lift?” Many patients pursue other procedures, such as breast augmentation, when their concerns may be better addressed with a breast lift or combination breast lift with augmentation. During your consultation, Dr. Buford will consider several factors to help determine which procedure will give you results you love. These factors include:
- Where is your nipple relative to the inframammary fold?
- How loose is your breast skin?
- Is there excess skin? If so, how much?
- What is the size and position of your areola?
What causes breast sagging?
There are several factors that can lead to sagging breasts, including significant weight loss, pregnancy and breast feeding, and heredity. The changes the skin goes through as we grow older, natural shape and size of breasts, and certain lifestyle choices can significantly contribute to sagging breasts.
When your breasts droop, several things can happen. First, your nipple generally falls to a lower position. Your areola might get larger, typically as a result of pregnancy related changes. The biggest culprit when it comes to the drooping of your breasts is the stretching of supportive structures within your breasts, known as Cooper’s Ligaments. When these lengthen and weaken, the internal framework of the breast is compromised and the breast itself elongates, droops, and converts to a oval shape. In addition, many women notice increasing asymmetry of their breasts which becomes more noticeable as they droop.Before & After
Types of Breast Lift Procedures
To lift your breasts, four basic type of procedures can be performed:
The crescent lift technique corrects minimal sagging and leaves minimal scarring. A good solution for women who have a very minor amount of sagging to correct, the crescent lift involves a small incision running halfway around the edge of the upper half of the areola, in the shape of a crescent. This technique is typically used when a patient is also having a breast augmentation.
Also known as the “Benneli Lift,” this lift effectively reduces areolar diameter and lifts the breast using two circular incisions which are then brought together. The advantage to this approach is that you are left with only an incision around your areola but this disadvantage is that if too aggressive of a skin reduction is attempted that the areola can be stretched to a greater size over time creating a suboptimal appearance.
Also known as the “lollipop lift,” the vertical lift is a popular option because it gives surgeons plenty of room to remove excess skin and reshape the entire breast and leaves easily hidden scars. A great technique for correcting moderate sagging, the vertical lift involves one incision around the end of the areola and one running vertically from the areola to the inframmary fold (creating the “lollipop” shape).
For women who require dramatic reshaping for extensive breast sagging, the anchor lift, also known as the inverted T lift, is often the best option. With three incisions made around the edge of the areola, vertically from the bottom of the areola, and along the inframammory fold, the anchor lift allows your surgeon to remove a large amount of excess skin and tissue to create a youthful contour and pleasing shape. This technique is also frequently used if you are having a breast reduction in conjunction with your breast lift.
After your procedure, you may experience a moderate amount of discomfort that can be successfully managed with pain medication. Expect downtime to last for a few days following surgery, with normal activity resuming in around one to two weeks.
Dr. Buford can help restore a perky yet natural size and shape to your breasts, which will compliment your figure and give you a result that you will be pleased with for years to come.