Breast lift, medically known as Mastopexy, is a revolutionary breast enhancement procedure that can effectively tighten the skin of the breasts, move them to a higher, “perkier” position, and reduce the appearance of drooping and sagging. Some women may need a full Mastopexy procedure to address significant sagginess and excess skin in the breasts, while others who are experiencing less significant drooping may require more subtle techniques. Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani offers a range of breast lift techniques that he can tailor to the individual patient, giving you custom-designed treatment to address your unique needs.
In some cases, patients seek breast augmentation when in actuality, it is a breast lift that will best benefit them. Factors such as pregnancy, nursing, weight loss or gain, and the natural aging process can cause breasts to lose their firmness and shape. Breast lift surgery can raise and reshape sagging breasts helping to turn back the hands of time to re-create their youthful suppleness. The breast lift procedure can also reduce the size of the areolas (the darker skin surrounding the nipples). For those wanting to enhance firmness and size, receiving breast implants along with the breast lift may be an option.
During the breast lift surgery, an anchor-shaped incision is made that follows the natural contour of the breast. Next, excess skin and tissue are removed, and the bustline is tightened and lifted. The nipple and areola are lifted to a higher position, and the surrounding skin is brought down to reshape the breast. This breast enhancement procedure, which is performed under general anesthesia, usually takes one and a half to three and a half hours to complete.
Please take a look at the following descriptions detailing breast lift techniques, and contact our practice if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jon.
Breast Lift Techniques
Full Mastopexy – Wise Pattern/Inverted T-incision
Also known as an Anchor Mastopexy, or a Wise Pattern/Inverted T-incision Mastopexy, a Full Mastopexy is the most traditional breast lift technique and is typically performed in women who are experiencing significant signs of sagging or drooping. Incisions are made around the areola (the dark-pigmented area surrounding the nipple) and down to the breast crease, as well as along the breast fold. Excess skin and tissue are removed, and the remaining skin is tightened and smoothed out for a much firmer appearance. A Full Mastopexy can be very beneficial and generally results in significant improvement; however, this procedure is often best for women who have moderate to severe signs of breast droop. Although there will be visible signs of scarring from this technique, Dr. Trevisani is highly skilled with this procedure and will make every effort to make residual scarring as light as possible. Women with smaller breasts or with only mild to moderate breast ptosis (sagginess) can typically attain very good results from less invasive breast lift techniques.
Crescent Mastopexy (Half-Moon Incision)
A Crescent Mastopexy is designed for women who are experiencing only mild ptosis (breast sagging) and is the least invasive breast lift surgery technique. Patients who have excess skin in the upper portion of the breasts, but not the lower, can benefit from this procedure. Our plastic surgeon will make a half-moon-like incision on the upper part of the areola. Extra skin and tissue is then removed, and once the incision is sutured back together, the breast can exhibit a lifted appearance. A Crescent Mastopexy can often be performed in conjunction with a breast augmentation to add volume to the breasts in addition to the benefits attained with a breast lift.
Doughnut (Peri-Areolar) Mastopexy
A Doughnut Mastopexy, medically referred to as Peri-Areolar Mastopexy, is a breast lift technique which involves the creation of incisions around the areola. Excess skin is removed and the nipples are moved to a higher position, ultimately lifting the breasts and tightening the remaining skin. Although not ideal for patients experiencing significant signs of drooping, the Doughnut Mastopexy is often beneficial for patients with imbalanced nipple positions and/or slight asymmetrical issues in the appearance of the breasts. This technique is not the best option for women who are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. A Doughnut Mastopexy can often be performed in conjunction with a breast augmentation to add volume to the breasts in addition to the benefits attained with a breast lift.
The “Lollipop” Mastopexy technique is designed for women with medium-sized breasts who have moderate to severe breast ptosis (sagging), or women who have large breasts but only mild to moderate drooping in the breasts. This technique involves the creation of an incision around the areola, followed by another incision down the middle of the breast to the breast crease, forming a shape that resembles a lollipop. Excess skin is removed, and the remaining breast skin is lifted and smoothed out. “Lollipop” Mastopexy, also referred to as a Vertical Breast Lift, is often ideal for women who do not need the more invasive full Mastopexy procedure, but may be experiencing more significant ptosis than can be successfully addressed with a more subtle breast lift technique such as a Crescent Mastopexy. A “Lollipop” Mastopexy can often be performed in conjunction with a breast augmentation for added breast volume, which can be a beautiful compliment to a breast lift.
Although you can expect to experience swelling, bruising, and some minor discomfort after your breast lift procedure, these side effects will subside within a few days. Your surgeon, Dr. Jon, will give you detailed instructions in regards to resuming your normal activities.
A breast lift can correct a drooping bustline and restore your curves to their youthful beauty. The results of your plastic surgery will be long lasting with the results being immediately visible. Any residual swelling will continue to diminish over time. Leading plastic surgeon Jon Paul Trevisani, MD and his team of experienced professionals look forward to the opportunity to help you with your breast enhancement goals.
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