Breast Lift or Mastopexy is a procedure which is designed to reshape the breast into a more natural and useful position. Factors such as pregnancy, nursing, gravity and loss of skin elasticity take their toll on women's breast over time.
A lift is done by removing skin and resupporting the breast tissue into a much more natural and firmer hape, and then reclosing the skin around the areola area and occasionally underneath the breast. This is a simple outpatient procedure with very minimal pain and very minimal recovery time. Breast implants can be inserted in conjunction with Mastopexy and can increase both the volume and firmness, as well as the size. By first listening carefully to your goals and then utilizing multiple techniques and tailoring the surgical plan to your specific breast anatomy, Dr. Rigano can achieve the lift, size and breast shape you desire.
What can a breast lift do for me?
Breast lifts rejuvenate the breasts by trimming excess skin and tightening supporting tissues to achieve an uplifted, youthful contour. After a mastopexy, the breasts are higher on the chest and firmer to the touch. Breast lifts can also reposition and reduce the size of the areola—the dark skin surrounding the nipple—which may have stretched or drooped.
Breast size may change slightly after a breast lift, but the fullness or roundness in the upper part of the breasts usually stays the same. Women who desire larger, smaller or more rounded breasts may want to consider a breast augmentation or breast reduction together with a breast lift.
Am I a good candidate for a breast lift?
The best candidates for breast lift are women whose breasts meet some or all of the following conditions:
• Breasts sag
• Breasts have lost shape or volume
• Breasts are flat, elongated, or pendulous (hanging)
• Breast skin and/or areola is stretched
• Nipples or areolas point downward
• Nipples or areolas are located in the breast crease when breasts are unsupported
• One breast is lower than the other
It is also very important that breast lift candidates:
• Maintain a stable weight
• Are generally healthy
• Do not smoke
• Discuss realistic goals with their plastic surgeon
• Have a normal mammogram or breast ultrasound if they are over 40 years of age