Gradually over time, a woman’s breasts begin to lose their natural elasticity and shape. Age, pregnancy, weight, gravity, and breastfeeding are all contributing factors. Fortunately, breast lift surgery exists to combat these elements by raising and reshaping the breasts towards a more youthful position and appearance, and in the process, helping to restore a more natural, well-proportioned figure. Our surgeons at Twin City Plastic Surgery serving Bloomington, Champaign, Springfield, Peoria, and Decatur, IL, can help you achieve a more youthful appearance with a breast lift surgery.
What is a Breast Lift (Mastopexy)?
The Mastopexy procedure is ideal for women unhappy with or tired of their sagging breasts, who express feelings of discomfort over one breast sagging lower than another, or who feel that their nipples are lacking symmetry. Breast lifts are also used to correct nipples and areolae, the area around the nipple, that appear to stretched or enlarged.
Am I a Candidate for a Breast Lift?
So long as the breasts have been allowed to fully develop, the procedure may be performed at any age. It is recommended to women who are pregnant, expect to be pregnant, or plan to breast feed in the near future to postpone their breast lift operation until after pregnancy or breast-feeding is complete. A breast lift may impair the ability to breast-feed. The procedure may also be performed in conjunction and to the benefit of breast augmentation.
What Are the Different Types of Breast Lift Procedures?
Designed to correct nipple asymmetries, the crescent lift removes a section of the skin above the nipple-areolar complex, improving its position. A crescent lift is not suited for lower breast sagging. This is a minimally invasive procedure.
Benelli Lift (Circumareolar Lift):
Ideal for patients with smaller breasts and less severe ptosis (sagging), the Benelli lift employs doughnut-shaped incisions around the areola to remove excess tissue and tighten the remaining skin.
Vertical Mastopexy / Lollipop Lift:
Best for patients with moderate skin laxity and an absence of transverse or horizontal laxity along the inframammary fold. A lollipop-shaped incision is made vertically from above the lower crease of the breast, up to and around the nipple-areolar, maximizing lift and minimizing scarring.
Often, this type of lift will employ the technique of ‘auto-augmentation.’ Breast tissue from the lower portion of the breast is repositioned to the benefit of the upper portion of the breast. Fat grafting and implants may also be used. This method produces a visible scar.
Anchor lifts are able to address any amount of excess skin or breast droop. An incision is made vertically from the crease of the breast, surrounding the nipples, as well as also the along inframammary fold, forming an anchor-shaped scar. The anchor lift is the most powerful and effective incision method for a breast lift procedure, but it also the most invasive, resulting in the largest scar.
Breast Lift Recovery
Vigorous activity must be postponed for up to 4 weeks. Patients should refrain from driving and work for the next 4-5 days.