Breast Lift

Breast lift, also known as Mastopexy in plastic surgery, is a procedure to reposition the nipple and elevate the breast tissue. The severity of breast drop is judged by the relative position of the nipple to the inferior breast fold (inframammary fold).

Breast Lift
Intro TO PROCEDURE


PROCEDURE SCHEDULE

Surgery

  • Time: 2-3 hours
  • General Anesthesia

Recovery

  • Ambulate the night of surgery
  • Shower 2 days after surgery
  • 3 to 5 days off work

Restriction

  • 6 weeks from heavy lifting and swimming
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WHY BREAST LIFT (MASTOPEXY)?

Breast lift is usually only needed for ladies after late 30s. However, occasionally, severe breast drop can develop in younger girls. The most common cause is breastfeeding. During breast feeding, the engorged milk glands stretch the breast skin; once breastfeeding is done, breast glands return to their original size but the stretched skin already lost its elasticity to spring back to its original form, which resulted in a saggy looking breast with floor pointing nipples. It’s a less likely situation in younger girls because their skin quality is better and skin often contracts better when breast feeding is done.

Breast lift procedures use various plastic surgery techniques and relying on the knowledge of blood supply to the nipple to elevate the breast tissue and reposition the nipple by removing excess skin and hiding scar in the least conspicuous places. Ladies often seek simple breast lift when they do not want any implants/foreign body in their breast yet desires a fuller and younger look of themselves.


BEFORE & AFTERS

  • Breast lift before and after results as performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. William Lao

    A, 20, Caucasiann

    A is 20 year old young mother. She gave birth to her first child about one year ago. Prior to pregnancy she had D cup breasts but during breastfeeding her breasts grew to DDD in size. After finishing breast feeding, she was left with large floppy breasts with dramatically enlarged areola and her nipples sagged to her mid abdomen. She desired to return to her youthful shape and projection.

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    *Individual results may vary.
  • Breast lift before and after results as performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. William Lao

    M, 41, Caucasian

    M lost a lot of weight about one year ago through only diet and exercise. She is a mother of two and previously had an abdominoplasty to improve her body contour. She would like her breasts now to match the youthful appearance of her abdomen. After discussion, she did not want any implants so a breast lift procedure was done to lift the position of her nipple and gave her an overall fuller and less saggy breasts.

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    *Individual results may vary.

HOW IS IT DONE?

There are many techniques to perform a breast lift. Of course, implants alone can provide some lifting effect but many people who desire breast lift do not want any foreign body inside their body. To accomplish the lifting effect without an implant, excess skin needs to be trimmed in various patterns and breast tissue often needs to be rearranged to provide a long lasting result. Almost all techniques of breast lift involve a scar around the areola, but this is often very well hidden. The more severe the breast drop is, however, the longer incisions needed to correct the drop. Nipple and the enlarged areola can also be reduced at the same time to ideal size depending on individual’s request.


Surgical approacheS

Degree of Breast Drop

Different Degrees of Breast Ptosis: Normal to Severe Droopy Breasts where a breast lift may be necessary
Different Degrees of Breast Ptosis: Normal to Severe Droopy Breasts. Last Image Shows a Special Type with Glandular Ptosis but Nipple still in Good Position. 


Incision Placement

Breast lift incision around the areola

Incision around the Areola Only

Breast lift vertical and areola incision

Vertical and Areola Incision Only

Breast lift inverted T and areola incision

Inverted T and Areola Incisions Together


PATIENTS’ REVIEWS

R, 49, Female, Caucasian, New York, USA

“I had a reconstructive mastopexy and implant removal.I had lost a lot of weight and had implants put in to compensate at MEETH. My implants were almost 10 years old. I was having a lot of pain and the implants had moved. I also think due to increase muscle tone the muscle was pulling on the capsule. My right nipple was also very misplaced.You removed the implants and the capsules and my pain is now gone. You also really re-situated the nipple so it wasn’t so high and they are both now more symmetrical.

I am very happy with the results. We were scared that the breasts would be flat but there was enough tissue remaining to create a breast mound and I love them. They have never been this good looking. My scars are fading and I can exercise more easily now too.”


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