Mastopexy (Breast Lift)
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pregnancies and weight fluctuations, breasts tend to lose their
youthful appearance. The upper portions become sunken, and the
nipples move inferiorly, sometimes actually pointing down. A bra is
required for support and to bring the breasts up to a more normal
level. Wearing clothes without a bra creates an unflattering
appearance. Sometimes, the overall volume and size of the breasts
also decreases, and they feel too soft to the touch; they have lost
the “firm and perky” look and feel. These changes are seen as early
as the teen years in some patients because of genetic (hereditary)
pre-disposition. A Mastopexy (Breast Lift) is a surgical procedure
that restores the breasts to their youthful appearance.
actual “lift” is usually accomplished by excising or removing excess
skin which bunches up or tightens the deeper breast tissues and
makes the overall breast feel firmer. This skin removal results in
scars. Luckily, in most women, the scars fade with time and blend in
with the surrounding skin. Surgical experience has also taught
surgeons where to place the scars to minimize them. Unfortunately, a
true breast lift always results in some degree of
In instances where the breasts have just lost so
much bulk that they look “deflated” but the nipples are still in a
good position up on the breast, a simpler solution may be a breast
augmentation (breast implant) without mastopexy scars.
Sometimes, the best solution is a combination of a “lift” and
insertion of breast implants.
Since each patient has her own
unique pattern of droopiness or loss of volume, the actual procedure
employed to solve the problem varies. Search the Internet and you
will see all of these variations: Scar location only around the
areola (the dark skin around the nipple), with or without a vertical
scar (“lollypop”) or the traditional “Anchor” or “Inverted-T” scar.
It doesn’t mean that one procedure is better than another. An
experienced surgeon like Dr. Palma will recommend the best procedure
for each patient’s anatomy and desires.
Mastopexy or Breast
lift is one of the most challenging procedures for plastic surgeons.
It is somewhat difficult to achieve long lasting good results. It is
not unusual for the droopiness to recur after surgery because the 3
main causes for the droopiness are all unchanged and persistent
after surgery [Breast Tissue Weight, Gravity, and most importantly,
the patient’s genetics]. This is most often seen in the larger
breasts with more weight in them.
To deal with these
problems, surgeons have sometimes “cheated” by using breast implants
to create upper breast fullness. Even if the breast tissues droop
again, at least the upper fullness remains. These breasts have a
tendency to look fine in a bra but not without a bra.
extensive experience, Dr. Palma has found that in most patients a
combination of using implants and removing some breast tissue
works best to achieve long lasting and pleasing results. However,
there isn’t a single procedure that fits all patients.
Palma will recommend what he believes is the best or optimal
procedure for a patient only after a thorough consultation
where he has the chance to discuss the patient’s desires and after a
full examination where he will take into consideration the patient’s
health status, height and weight, tissue quality and degree of
Every patient has unique breasts and the
solutions tend to be different for each.
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