What is a breast lift? A breast lift or mastopexy, is a procedure that is performed for breast ptosis. Breast ptosis is a condition that exists when the nipple is at or below the level of the fold underneath the breast. Depending upon the degree of ptosis, various procedures are indicated for correction.
During your initial examination for cosmetic breast surgery, your surgeon will determine the relationship of the nipple to the inframammary fold. First degree ptosis is a condition that exists when the nipple is at the level of the inframammary fold. Second degree and third degree ptosis are conditions that exist when the nipple is 1 to 2 to 3 or 4 cm below the level of the fold or if the nipple points downward. In second and third degree ptosis, some type of lifting procedure is generally required to correct this condition. Depending upon the desires of the patient, breast augmentation may be combined with mastopexy. In conditions of first degree breast ptosis where the nipple is at the level of the fold, a simple breast augmentation may provide enough lift to the breast so that a breast lift procedure is not required.
Risks and complications of breast lift surgery include infection, bleeding, and wound healing problems. Occasionally there are areas of the incision that take longer to heal. If an implant is placed at the same time as a breast lift procedure is performed, then additional complications related to the placement of the breast implant would apply.
Patients seeking breast lift surgery frequently desire a lifting of their breast and an improvement of the shape of the breast. Additionally, patients sometimes have a history of loss of breast volume and may require breast augmentation surgery performed with a breast lift procedure.
A mastopexy is usually performed as an outpatient procedure and may take from 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours of surgical time. The length of the procedure will be determined by the amount of lift performed and whether an implant is also placed at the time of surgery.
In the recovery period, patients can frequently shower the day following surgery. All sutures that are placed are absorbable and do not have to be removed. Most patients can return to work within 3 to 4 days following their surgery. Strenuous activity and exercising may be limited for approximately 2 weeks.
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Considering an Indianapolis Breast Lift (Mastopexy)? Dr Linderman has helped many Indianapolis breast enhancement patients improve their bustline. Many patients desire improvement in breast shape to remove sagging and achieve a more youthful breast contour, but may not want increased volume with a breast implant. A breast lift (Mastopexy) can help many women who have experienced a sagging or loose bust from pregnancy, weight loss, or aging regain a more youthful breast contour and an elevated bust line.
Breast lifts are usually performed under general anesthesia and take one to three hours to perform depending upon the amount of lift.
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Is a Breast Lift for Me?
Good Candidates for breast lift surgery may have any of the following conditions:
- Breast are pendulous, but are of adequate size.
- Breasts lack substance or firmness
- Nipples and areolas point downward and are below the breast crease.
Dr. Linderman will answer any questions in your consultation and is happy to share before-and-after pictures of patients he has helped achieve a more satisfying body image. Click here for questions and answers on mastopexy (breast lift).
Ptosis of the breast is the naturally occurring condition of descent of the nipple-areola complex and breast tissue on the chest wall. “Ptosis” is derived from the Greek word “fall”. Breast Ptosis is the primary indication for performing a Breast Lift or Mastopexy. The correct evaluation of breast ptosis and breast volume will help determine the best procedure to achieve an ideal result.
Types of Breast Lift
Breast examination and the patient’s expectations will determine the method of breast lift indicated and whether additional volume is required. The evaluation includes an assessment of skin quality, the presence and degree of breast ptosis, and relative breast volume.
Skin may be of good quality with elasticity and lack of stretch marks. It may be very thin, inelastic with stretch marks and loss of breast volume. As the degree of ptosis increases, a greater lift is usually required with more extensive skin removal and surgical incisions. Skin quality also plays a role in the selection of saline or silicone gel breast implants.
Benelli Breast Lift
A Benelli, concentric, or donut type mastopexy are different names for an operation that is indicated for minor forms of breast ptosis when the nipple requires elevation of only a few centimeters. In this procedure a ring of skin is removed from around the areola and then the circumference of the circle is reduced with a purse string or so called Benelli suture. Often an implant is place through the same incision to add breast volume. A Benelli breast lift is an excellent procedure when done under the right circumstances. The amount of lift is mild to moderate and scarring is confined to the areola or pigmented area of the breast.
Lollipop Breast Lift
This type of lift is so named because of the surgical scar produced goes around the areola with a vertical extension inferiorly. It provides a little more lift than a Benelli with slightly more scarring. Again an implant may be added for increased volume.
Anchor Breast Lift
In patients that present with moderate to severe breast ptosis, an anchor type breast is usually indicated. Similar scars are produced as with a lollipop lift with the addition of an incision along the breast fold producing an inverted T scar. This procedure is extremely versatile and allows correction of severe ptosis in cases where the nipple points inferiorly. Volume correction is often performed with the placement of an implant
Why Dr. Linderman for Your Breast Lift
As with any cosmetic surgical procedure, you should work with a board-certified plastic surgeon for your breast lift procedure. Dr. Richard Linderman is a board-certified plastic surgeon whose 30 years of surgical experience have allowed him to hone his craft and by constant attention to new developments he remains at the forefront of breast lift procedures. This new procedure, Brazilian breast lift, is designed to get you better, longer-lasting results with less skin removal and therefore less scarring. You can see the quality of Dr. Linderman’s results in our breast lift photo gallery.
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