How is a breast lift performed?
In mild cases of breast ptosis, placement of an implant can help with improving the position of the nipple as well as enhancing the breast. If the ptosis is more severe, this will require excision of excess breast skin combined with breast tissue rearrangement to help reduce the sagging and restore fullness to the breast.
There are various skin excision patterns, depending on how superiorly the nipple needs to be repositioned and amount of skin that needs to be removed. These can be around the nipple (periareolar), vertical-scar pattern, or upside-down T-scar pattern. Whichever the pattern, your incisions will be closed meticulously to minimize scarring. The areola will appear round, and its size will be matched to normal ideals.
The breast tissue, otherwise known as the parenchyma, is also mobilized, whilst maintaining its blood supply, to reinforce the breast lift and give it longevity. These cuts are made on the inside of the breast and you will not be able to see them. There is a low risk of reduced nipple sensation and most patients can breastfeed again after the procedure.
In some cases, the deflation in the breast leads to a large loss of volume together with sagging skin. This can be addressed in a breast augmentation-mastopexy procedure, where an implant is used to restore volume and the mastopexy is used to tighten the native breast envelope.