Mastopexy or breast lift involves surgical maneuvers to lift the profile of the breast mound and nipple position of the breast to achieve a more youthful attractive appearance. A fuller upper breast with a higher nipple position, often with a smaller areola, is the result. It is most helpful for patients to have developed sagging and loss of volume of the breast as a result of childbirth, aging, or weight loss. However, some women have not had these issues but have had a natural descent of nipple and breast position that would benefit from lifting. The procedure may be combined with breast implants in which case it is called an Augmentation Mastopexy.
The plastic surgeons at Raleigh Plastic Surgery Center will perform an in-depth history and physical examination to determine what procedure will suit your needs and desires. Decisions about incision patterns include using an inverted T type anchor scar which is usually suitable for patients with significant excess skin and severe degrees of drooping. Alternatively, a vertical or lollipop like scar pattern may be suitable for a smaller breast or one with less degree of skin laxity. The placement of breast implant may be performed simultaneously if necessary to achieve your goals. Discussion of risks and benefits will also be carried out during your private, customized consultation. Risks include loss of feeling in the nipples (which usually resolves but may be permanent), asymmetry, unfavorable scarring, hematoma, wound healing problems and infection. These are all fairly uncommon.