Sagging breasts don’t just happen to women as they age. Factors such as heredity, weight of breasts, weight loss, pregnancy, and tissue elasticity can cause even young women to notice drooping breasts.
A breast lift , or mastopexy, can be performed in a number of ways to address loose skin, loss of volume, and large areola (the colored area around the nipple). Some women that have little volume in their breasts may also desire increased size and improved projection of their breasts. Dr. Ness, a board certified plastic surgeon in Minnesota, often performs a breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, along with breast augmentation using either a silicone implant or saline implant.
Many patients seek breast lift surgery because they are unhappy with the nipple position because it may point to the floor or lay below the breast crease (inframammary crease). Volume can also be removed from larger, sagging breasts during a breast lift. Depending on the volume removed, the patient may be a better candidate for a breast reduction, which also involves lifting of the breast to improve nipple position.
The technique used for accomplishing a patient’s goals with breast lift surgery will along with the shape and condition of the tissue will determine where the scars will be placed. Recovery from breast lift surgery involves mostly incision care and limited exercise immediately following breast surgery. Dr. Ness recommends a scar healing sheet that the patient wears over the scar for eight weeks once the breast lift incision if fully healed.
You can view before and after pictures of breast lift patients on the Ness Plastic Surgery website or in our Plymouth plastic surgery practice in the Twin Cities metro area. Dr. Ness offers complimentary cosmetic surgery in his Plymouth and St. Cloud plastic surgeon’s office.