Also known as mastopexy, the breast lift is performed on women who have experienced sagging or drooping of the breasts. This procedure may be done in conjunction with augmentation. Several different techniques can be used t correct this condition depending on the degree of sagging. Surgery consists of removing excess skin from around the areola and from the bottom of the breast and shifting the skin of the breast to tighten the skin envelope. In doing so, the position of the nipple and areola can be scars around the nipple and usually beneath the breast. Some patients who seek breast enlargement actually will nee a breast lift for the most desirable result. You cosmetic surgeon is trained to help you make the proper decision.
Large, heavy breasts can be painful due to excessive weight and often cause problems such as back pain and soreness in the shoulders from bra straps which cut in to the skin. Breast reduction surgery involves removal of excess breast tissue in conjunction with reshaping of the breast. The incisions are similar to those used for more extensive breast lifts. Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss the varying methods of breast reduction and explain the technique that may be best suited for you. Because of the functional problems associated with abnormally large breasts, insurance will often cover the cost of this type of surgery.
These surgical procedures can be performed on an out-patient basis, in the hospital, or an ambulatory suite under either general or local anesthesia.
This brochure is only intended as an introduction to this procedure. It should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed and should not be construed to guarantee the result.