Time, genetics, breastfeeding, and pregnancy can all effect the appearance of the female breasts. Over time, drooping, sagging, and deflation of the upper and medial poles of the breasts can set in and leave a patient with a less-than-desirable aesthetic appearance.
A breast lift (or mastopexy) can be a gratifying operation for restoring a natural, feminine, perky shape to the female breasts. A typical breast lift (even when a minimal amount of tissue is removed) will slightly reduce the size of the breasts. In select patients, a breast reduction can be combined with a breast lift if a patient would like to decrease the overall size of their breasts more significantly.
Types of Breast Lifts & Scars
A circumareolar breast lift raises the nipple position about 1-2 cm. This lift has the advantage of keeping scars hidden in a donut shape around the areola, but has the disadvantage of only being capable of a modest elevation in breast position.
A lollipop or vertical pattern breast lift raises the nipple position more significantly, but the tradeoff is a slightly longer scar that extends around the areola and down the center of the breast. This is an excellent option for moderate lifts.
An anchor pattern breast lift has a circumareolar component, a vertical component, and a small horizontal component hidden underneath the breast. This is the best option for very large breast reductions or very droopy, pendulous breasts.
Scars for all types of breast reductions fade significantly and mature over the course of a year, so that regardless of your scar pattern, you can have an excellent result that is individualized to your concerns and anatomy.
If you would like to see me as a patient interested in breast lift, please call my office at 212-452-2400 or email office@LaraDevganMD.com.