Breasts are an essential part of the female body, and their shape and size can impact a woman’s confidence and self-esteem. Factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, and ageing can cause breasts to sag or droop, leading to feelings of self-consciousness and discomfort.
Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is a cosmetic procedure that can help lift and reshape the breasts. During the procedure, the cosmetic practitioner will remove excess skin and tissue, reposition the nipples, and reshape the breast to provide an aesthetically pleasing result.
By understanding the procedure and its benefits, you can make an informed decision about whether this procedure is right for you!
What is ptosis or sag?
Ptosis is a medical term for breast sagging. Sagging breasts can be categorised into different levels based on the position of the nipple in relation to the inframammary fold. The three levels of ptosis are:
- Level 1: The nipple is at the same level as the breast (inframammary) fold.
- Level 2: The nipple is below the breast fold.
- Level 3: The nipple is significantly below the inframammary fold.
- Pseudoptosis: The nipple is still above the inframammary crease, but the breast appears to droop.
What are the different types of breast lifts?
There are several types of breast lifts, each designed to address a specific level of ptosis. The three main types of breast lifts are:
- Crescent Lift: This type of lift fits women with very minimal sagging due to poor nipple placement. It involves making an incision above the areola and removing a small amount of skin to lift the nipple.
- Benelli Lift: Suitable for women with minimal sagging (level 1 ptosis). It involves making a circular incision around the edge of the areola, the darker pigmented area surrounding the nipple.
- Lollipop Lift: The vertical lift, or lollipop lift, is suitable for women with moderate sagging (level 2 ptosis). It involves making an incision around the areola and down the centre of the breast.
- Anchor Lift: This type of lift is suitable for women with severe sagging (level 3 ptosis). It involves making an incision around the areola, down the centre of the breast, and along the inframammary fold.
Combining breast lift surgery with breast implants
Many women who choose breast lift surgery also wish to have breast implants inserted to enhance the size and shape of their breasts. However, combining a breast lift with implants may not always be possible in one procedure. In some cases, to ensure a good outcome, the doctor may perform a breast lift first, and then a second stage surgery to insert the breast implants 6 months later.
Some of our patients who have had breast lifts and implants:
Breast lift surgery is a popular and effective way to enhance the shape, position, and firmness of sagging breasts. The procedure can help women regain their confidence and feel more comfortable in their bodies. If you’re considering breast lift surgery, it’s important to discuss your goals and expectations with a qualified, experienced cosmetic practitioner. By understanding the different types of breast lifts and levels of ptosis, you can make an informed decision about which procedure is right for you.
With breast lift surgery, you can lift more than just your spirits – you can lift your breasts too!
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