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A Breast Lift, also known as a Mastopexy, is designed to improve the appearance of a woman’s breasts. Women who have either lost volume in their breasts, or whose nipples have slipped in position, or women who have both conditions, may be candidates for a breast lift.
A Breast Lift is a surgical technique that elevates the nipple and reshapes the breast tissue. The technique is most commonly used for women who have had children, lost weight, or have a genetic predisposition for breast ptosis (drooping). During pregnancy, the breasts increase in size and the breasts expand further with the engorgement that accompanies breastfeeding. These processes can stretch the skin envelope, resulting in loss of breast volume and often, dramatic changes in breast contours.
A Breast Lift will reposition the nipple-areolar complex and reconstruct the remaining breast tissue. Often, if there is not enough breast tissue, breast implants can be inserted.
There are three popular Breast Lift techniques. The optimal technique for each patient is dependent on the degree of skin and nipple laxity. The types of Breast Lifts, from least to most aggressive, are (1) peri-areolar mastopexy, (2) vertical short scar or lollipop incision and (3) the inverted-T technique. Since patients have varying preferences for breast shape, the various techniques will be described as to how each method will enhance the appearance of the breast.
Today’s trend is toward the smallest incisions possible, even if some sacrifices are involved.
The advantages and disadvantages of each technique are:
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