One of the more complex procedures to understand in cosmetic surgery is the breast lift, or mastopexy. The simplest way to think of the sagging breast is that there is too much skin for the amount of volume. That's why the corrective procedures may involve reducing the amount of skin which results in scars, increasing the breast volume with an implant, or both.
There are several variations of breast anatomy that can be treated with a lift. Likewise there are a wide variety of techniques that can be used to accomplish a lift. Often breast implants are recommended to accomplish the goal and a very important decision is whether to place the implants at the same as the lift or at a later operation. Since breast lift and augmentation are often performed together, you should also read the breast augmentation pages as well.
Benefits of Breast Lift
Women seek breast lift surgery for a variety of perceived benefits. Most simply want to improve the size and shape so they look better in certain types of clothes or swimsuits, thus increasing their clothing options. Often it is because she wants to wear certain types of clothing without the need for a bra to support the breast. When a woman feels she looks better in clothes it often makes her feel better about herself.
Along with improving the shape and size of the breast, other goals are just as important. Every effort is made to maintain breast function, softness, and sensitivity. It is also critical to minimize interference with breast cancer detection.
Other benefits are obtaining symmetry of the breasts, restoring youthful nipple position and size, and relieving the contact of chest skin with the underside of the breast skin. Most patients are very pleased with results. However, as always, the key to success is realistic expectations.
The satisfaction from mastopexy often depends on the answer to the two following questions:
- Does the lift justify the resulting scar?
- Does insertion of an implant to give upper pole fullness and shorten the scars justify the trade-offs associated with an implant?