Mastopexy - Breast Lift Surgery
A woman's breast can change over time, often losing firmness and a youthful shape or height. This can be due to pregnancies, nursing, weight fluctuation, gravity, aging, hereditary makeup or even prior breast surgeries. A mastopexy, whether minimal (a crescent lift) or more extensive, (a lollipop or standard lift) are designed to raise the breasts by removing excess skin, in some cases reshaping or making the areolas smaller and also tightening the surrounding breast skin to support and recontour the new breast shape.
When Dr. Brian Hass, board certified plastic surgeon does a breast lift he can help put breast tissues into a more youthful position, however if a significant size change is desired then the procedure may also be combined with a breast reduction. If a woman desires a more rounded look to the top of their breasts, and has lost volume, then a mastopexy can also be performed with a breast augmentation. These procedures would be discussed at your consultation to determine the right type of lift for your desired look.
Types of breast lifts:
CRESCENT LIFT - in some cases once an implant is placed behind the chest wall muscle, the only thing that may need further enhancing to complete the lift is a repositioning to the nipples. A crescent lift is then recommended and is a short procedure added onto a breast augmentation surgery that gives the nipples a more even or lifted look. An ellipse of skin is removed from the top part of the nipple leaving a minimal scar that is generally not noticeable after complete healing. The final look gives the breast a very youthful and shapely nipple enhancing the breast implant placement. Because patients often have one breast larger than the other, this lift can often complement breast augmentation with much less scarring than a more traditional breast lift.
LOLLIPOP LIFT - This type of lift can be performed with or without implants and also helps enhance a more youthful breast shape. Excess skin is removed through an incision around the nipple and down the middle of the breast. When done in conjunction with a breast augmentation, this type of lift gives the breast a gentle lift while also removing some of the excess skin sagging on the breast. Although there are more incisions than the cresscent lift, most patients find the scars heal beautifully and are not noticeable over time. Keep in mind, that at Hass Plastic Surgery & MediSpa we have many suggested solutions to help a patient's scar diminish so they become virtually invisible. Scar care is always part of our follow-up with any surgery.
STANDARD MASTOPEXY - This type of lift is more traditional and gives a patient more lift esepcially if they have excess skin and sagging in their breasts. Although the incisions are also around the nipple and down the middle of the breast, there is also an incision in the fold of the breast to remove further excess skin therefore providing a more dynamic lift to the breast. Patients can include a breast augmentation at the same time, if what they desire is a fuller upper breast, however in many cases patients are happy as this lift decreases the sagginess and droop and gives a shapely lift. Incisions for this lift are similar to those of a breast reduction, yet significant breast tissue is recontoured rather than removed in order to give the breast its more youthful look.
Whatever breast lift you desire, the ultimate goal is to have more beautiful breasts. Let Dr. Brian Hass and his staff help you achieve your new look with the right cosmetic breast surgery for you. See our videos to hear more about cosmetic breast surgery with Dr. Brian Hass in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.