Breast Lift Surgery with Central Florida Plastic Surgery
A breast lift can elevate breasts that are sagging, restoring them to a more youthful position. Technically known as mastopexy, this procedure is the only method proven to lift breasts after they have descended below a certain point. For some patients, a breast lift can decrease the size of the areolas or increase breast fullness when combined with breast augmentation.
Are you a candidate?
To determine if you are a candidate for this surgery, it’s best to schedule a consultation.
Breast ptosis is the clinical term for breast sagging, and it can be measured to help your surgeon design a plan for correction. To measure ptosis, plastic surgeons typically use some form of the Regnault classification, such as the following:
- Mild ptosis: your nipples are level with the breast crease
- Moderate ptosis: your nipples reside below the breast crease
- Severe ptosis: your nipples are the lowest point on your breast and point downward
How a Breast Lift Corrects Breast Ptosis
By removing skin and excess glandular tissue, the breasts become firmer and also get elevated to a higher position on the chest wall. This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia, while local may be an option for select patients. Dr. Serra will choose a technique based on an evaluation of your condition. Common incision techniques include the inverted T incision or a donut incision, with the former being reserved for cases of moderate to severe ptosis.
During surgery, the excess skin is removed, breast tissue is reshaped and the nipple/areola is repositioned. The incisions are closed with sutures (usually dissolvable) and covered with gauze and tape.