Breast Lift: Reasons for Reshaping the Breast Area

A breast lift, which consists of raising and reshaping the breasts, is different from breast augmentation or breast reduction procedures. While women usually undergo these two surgeries to change their breast size, a breast lift changes the appearance of the breasts in a different way.

Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift does not change the allover shape or fullness of the breasts. For this reason, patients may decide to combine their mastopexy procedure with a breast augmentation or reduction surgery in order to achieve their desired results and breast size.

A breast lift improves upon the aesthetics of existing breast tissue by trimming excess skin, tightening supporting tissue and repositioning the nipple and areola so that they are uplifted to a position higher up on the breast. The breast skin can be reshaped and lifted to create a tighter, more defined appearance without the use of implants.

There are various incision techniques that can be carried out during a breast lift, such as the “lollipop” (vertical scar) or the “anchor” (inferior pedicle) incision techniques. Your surgeon will help you determine which incision will work best for achieving the results you desire, considering the current size and shape of your breasts.

The incision technique will also depend upon the condition and tone of existing breast tissue, as well as the degree of sagging and amount of excess skin. The excess skin will be removed to create a perkier, more youthful breast contour.

The best candidates for a mastopexy are women who would like to improve the positioning and volume of their breasts. For example, many patients choose to undergo a mastopexy to improve the appearance of breasts that have become saggy over time due to aging, genetics, drastic weight loss, hormonal changes, breast feeding or poor skin tone resulting from sun damage.

Other candidates for a breast lift are women whose breasts that have lost shape or volume due to breast feeding, as well as patients with flat or elongated breasts. Mastopexy can also benefit patients whose nipples or areolas point downward or who have one breast that is lower than the other. During your consultation, Dr. Brendan Smith will help determine whether you are a good candidate for a breast lift.

Breast Lift in Okatie

If you are interested in learning more about the breat lift procedure, contact us today at 843.705.8940 to schedule an appointment.  We look forward to hearing from you.


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