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What Does a Breast Lift Entail?


Breast lifts are a popular surgical procedure for raising and reshaping the breasts. A woman’s breasts often changes over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight gain and weight loss, genetics, and aging. Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show breast lift popularity is on the rise, growing 70% since 2000, outpacing breast implants two-to-one.


A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, raises the breasts creating a more youthful contour. This procedure is a solution for drooping breasts, as it removes excess skin and tightens the skin creating a perkier contour with firmer breasts. For some women, the areola becomes enlarged over time and a breast lift reduces and reposition the nipple for a more natural look.


A breast lift does not increase the size of the breast, however for patients with sagging breast and looking to increase their size, an augmentation mastopexy (breast augmentation and breast lift combined) can be performed. If patients are looking to reduce the size of their breasts, a breast reduction, also called reduction mammoplasty, can be performed simultaneously to remove excess breast fat and glandular tissue to achieve a breast size that is proportionate with your body.


Some patients include a breast lift as part of a Mommy Makeover, which refers to a mixture of two or more plastic surgery procedures customized for a patient to get back her ‘pre-baby’ body. This can include a combination of tummy tuck, breast lift, breast augmentation, and liposuction procedures.


For a breast lift there are several types of incisions. The least invasive is the crescent lift, which involves a crescent of skin removed at the top of the nipple to improve it’s positioning. For women with low hanging breasts, the lollipop lift (vertical scar lift) or anchor lift, is the most effective. The lollipop lift involves a lollipop-shaped incision that surrounds the nipple and a vertical incision made down the crease of the breast. An anchor lift is similar to the lollipop lift, however the incision continues along the breast crease, creating an anchor shape. Though the anchor lift is more invasive, it allows for more contouring of the breast.


If you are considering a breast lift surgery or any cosmetic surgery, and would like to discuss your options in depth, email me directly at DrAzad@KamranAzadMD.com to schedule a free consultation.

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