What Is Breast Lift Surgery?
Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, is a cosmetic procedure that perks up breasts that droop or sag. The goal of breast lift surgery is to make breasts look more youthful and symmetrical by getting rid of excess skin, reshaping existing tissue and lifting the nipple so that it's closer to the center of the breast.
Are You Considering a Breast Lift?
In 2011, more than 90,000 breast lifts were performed, making it one of the 10 most popular cosmetic surgeries in the U.S. If you're not sure whether you're a good candidate for a breast lift procedure, then try out the pencil test by placing a pencil under your breast. If it stays put, then a breast lift might be just what you need to make your breasts look younger and perkier.
Types of Breast Lift Procedures
Depending on your specific needs, there are many surgical techniques that can lift up your breasts. Before you head off into surgery, you'll be able to go over your options with your plastic surgeon.
The "crescent lift" is your least invasive option, but it is only used in cases where minimal sagging is evident and is used most often in conjunction with breast augmentation. Your surgeon will make a small incision near the top half of your areola. A small amount of skin above it will be removed, and the remaining skin will be reattached.
The peri-areolar lift, or "donut lift," is most commonly used to alleviate mild sagging. If you choose this option, your surgeon will make a circular incision around your areola. This technique is another that's frequently combined with breast augmentation and also reduces areola size.
The vertical lift, or "lollipop lift," is a common technique that's used in cases where the entire breast needs to be reshaped. Your surgeon will make one incision around the perimeter of your areola, and another that runs from the base of your areola to your inframammary fold.
The inverted T incision, or "anchor lift," is used when dramatic reshaping is needed and involves three incisions. One is made around your areola, another is made from the base of your areola to your breast crease, and yet another is made across your inframammary fold. It's often combined with a breast reduction. And while this technique can cause noticeable scarring, it's nothing that can't be hidden by a bikini.
If you think a breast lift is right for you, then book a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. And if you're in San Antonio or South Texas, consider going with Dr. Matt Bindewald, a licensed plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing breast lifts.