High, perky breasts are a natural part of a youthful feminine physique. Unfortunately, aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss can cause the breasts to sag and sit lower on the chest. The breast lift is a surgical procedure designed to lift the breasts and restore a more youthful, attractive appearance.
How does breast sagging occur?
Sagging of the breasts is a very common complaint of women who have lost significant weight or who have been pregnant, particularly those who have significant changes in the size of their breasts during these events. The combined effects of gravity and aging often lead to stretching of the skin and tissues of the breast, allowing them to lie in a lower position than desired.
Breast lift in combination with implants and areola reduction
When these changes are accompanied by loss in breast size and volume, a breast implant may be suggested. Because breast lifts always compact the breasts to some extent, if the patient desires larger breasts or is resistant to the possibility of even a small perceived decrease in size, the addition of an implant is recommended. Mastopexy (breast lift) will only elevate the nipple and areola, so if volume in the upper chest is desired, an implant is the only way to improve this region. Additionally, because the diameter of the areola is usually enlarged during the sagging process, the procedure is designed to also reduce its size.
What are the different types of breast lifts?
There are four common types of breast lifting, and they are distinguished by the design of the incisions and the resulting scars. The choice of technique is determined by the amount of sagging
- Crescent Breast Lift: If a small amount of sagging is present, then a crescent shaped lift may be advised. This leaves a small scar along the upper edge of the areola – this style of lift will not reduce the diameter of the areola.
- Circumareolar Breast Lift: With somewhat more looseness, a circumareolar lift might be suggested. This leaves a scar around the edge of the areola and does permit a reduction in the diameter.
- Lollipop Breast Lift: If even more looseness is present, a vertical scar extending from the lower edge of the areolar scar to the lower breast fold may be used. This results in a lollipop or balloon on a string type of scar.
- Anchor Breast Lift: Lastly, in the more excessive cases, usually when the nipple points towards the floor, an upside-down T or anchor scar may be necessary.
Learn more about breast lifts
If you feel that a breast lift might be right for you, schedule a private consultation with Dr. Brzowski to discuss your desires.