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Which Breast Lift Option Is Right for You?

John Steadman - Sunday, March 11, 2018

Breast lift surgery is designed to restore breast firmness and improve breast sagging (known as breast ptosis). Breast ptosis occurs for a number of reasons but is most common in women post-pregnancy, after weight fluctuations, or because of the natural aging process. Drooping breasts develop when the breast tissue becomes weak and loses its elasticity. Breast lift surgery utilizes internal sutures to secure the breast tissue in a more perky position. The incision technique required will depend on the level of breast ptosis you suffer from. Our Doctors at Timeless Plastic Surgery are experts in Breast Lift (Mastopexy) surgery and have decades of experience.

Breast Lift

Normal Breasts

There are grades of breast ptosis that are based on how the breast differs from the position of a “normal” breast. Breasts with no sagging have tissue that sits on or above the breast crease. The nipple and areola lie parallel or pointed upward from the ground. If your breasts do not have any of the marks of sagging but you feel they still lack volume and fullness, you may benefit from breast augmentation surgery. Breast augmentation uses implants to increase the size of the breasts.

Grade One Ptosis

Women suffering from grade one ptosis have mild breast sagging. Some breast tissue may have fallen below the breast crease, and the nipple lies at crease level. This commonly occurs with age-related breast ptosis.

Technique Used: Women with mild cases of ptosis usually only require a limited incision around the areola. Through this incision, the breasts are lifted and secured into place.

Grade Two Ptosis

Women with grade two ptosis suffer from moderate breast sagging. At this level, a large portion of breast tissue rests below the breast crease. The nipple lies below the breast crease as well but is still positioned above the lower breast tissue.

Technique Used: Grade two ptosis may be corrected using a lollipop incision. In this case, the incision runs around the areola and vertically down the breast to the crease. Some tissue may be removed, and the breast is reshaped in a more perky position.

Grade Three Ptosis

Significant breast sagging is present in women with grade three ptosis. A large portion of the lower breast tissue sits below the breast crease. The nipple lies below the crease towards the bottom of the breast tissue and points downward.

Technique Used: Since grade three breast sagging is so advanced, a more extensive incision is needed to provide the amount of correction required. An anchor lift may be used, which is created around the areola, vertically down the breast tissue, and along the breast crease. This provides enough access to lift and reshape the breasts and remove any tissue necessary to achieve aesthetically pleasing breasts.  

Nipple Repositioning and Areola Resizing

During your breast lift, the nipple and areola may be relocated to correct their position. Nipples that point downward will be elevated to a more youthful location with a forward projection.

Many women who suffer from breast ptosis also have enlarged areolas. During your breast lift surgery, the areola can be reduced by removing a portion of donut-shaped (ring) tissue along the outer edge.

If you think that you would benefit from breast lift surgery, schedule a consultation today. At Timeless Plastic Surgery, our surgeons are highly skilled in identifying grades of ptosis and what techniques to best correct your breast sagging. We also use the shortest incisions possible to minimize scarring.

For firmer, perkier breasts, schedule your consultation at Timeless Plastic Surgery. Call (281) 242-8463 (TIME) or fill out our online contact form here for more information.


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