The skin of the breasts can stretch due to multiple factors such as heavy breasts or breastfeeding (lactation). Often, this can result in breast drooping (ptosis) or a sagging appearance to the breasts. To help restore the rejuvenated, youthful appearance, a breast lift (mastopexy) may be performed.
Types of Breast Lifts
There are many different variations of breast lifts, and, in general, the type of lift utilized depends on factors such as the degree of ptosis and desired goals of the patient. The types of mastopexies include, but are not limited to, wise pattern breast lift, anchor shaped incision, donut (circumareolar) mastopexy, lollipop shaped incision, and a breast lift after massive weight loss. As you may note, similar incisions are used in the Breast Reduction procedure.
Breast Lift Procedures
- Wise pattern breast mastopexy: This type of lift is chosen for women who have a lot of excess skin which needs to be removed and reshaped. The surgeon makes an anchor-shaped incision around the areola and then is carried down to the natural contour of the breast. These scars typically heal very well and many patients report that the incisions heal very well with little visible scarring.
- Lollipop breast mastopexy: When the degree of skin removal and reshaping is moderate, a lesser procedure may be performed which leaves the patient with a lollipop incision which is around the areola and downward. The incision may also be extended to form a J shaped incision. As a result of less skin removal, a small amount of gathering in the re-approximated skin may result on the lower pole of the breast near the breast fold; this gathering, if it occurs, generally subsides over 6-12 months. Patients who choose this type of incision are willing to tolerate this excess skin for this time period in exchange for a smaller scar.
- Donut or crescent mastopexy: This type of lift is performed when only a small correction needs to be made. During this surgery, the surgeon makes an incision around part or the entire circumference of the areola. The re-approximated skin may appear slightly scrunched for 6 to 9 months, but this is generally well tolerated.
Risks and Recovery
All surgical procedures come with inherent risks. Risks such as, but not limited to, scar widening, drooping, and wound healing can occur. People that use nicotine in any form will need to quit 4 weeks before surgery and abstain for 4 weeks after surgery to minimize the chance of complications. Your surgeon may consider a urine test to check adherence to nicotine abstinence.
For more information on Breast Lift (Mastopexy), or to schedule a consultation, call Peak Rejuvenation at (970) 259-5990 or Request a Consultation.