What is a breast lift?
Breast Lift in Birmingham
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Many women come to see me enquiring about breast reshaping. They may have had children and their breasts have lost the shape they used to have. In fact, often they do not need implants. The best treatment in these cases may be a breast lift.
Breast lift or “mastopexy” aims to reshape breasts which have dropped or have become “droopy”. Breast tissue, like all tissues in the body, is subject to the forces of gravity. It is measured depending on how low the nipple has descended. This droop is known as ‘breast ptosis’. Breast ptosis is part of the normal ageing process, but can be exacerbated if the skin of the breast is stretched and then the stretching force is removed.
This commonly occurs after massive weight loss or following childbirth when the breasts become swollen. A breast lift involves removal of skin and mobilisation of the gland to lift the breast. During the procedure, the nipple is lifted to a higher position and the width of the breast is narrowed to create a better shaped breast.
It is important to be aware that scars will be inevitable and the extent of the scarring depends on the amount of tightening that is required. There is always a scar around the nipple, and this may be the only scar. However, it is usually necessary to also have a scar running down from the nipple to the chest wall and one along the inframammary fold (the fold in which the wire of a bra sits) in a similar pattern to that after breast reduction. The scars are red and obvious for the first 3 months but usually fade fully within 6-18 months.
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Breast Lift with Implants – ‘Augmentation Mastopexy’
Breast Lift or Breast Implants?
In my experience, there are many patients who are borderline for a breast lift, who can have breast implants to restore fullness to the breast, and while this may not give quite as good a shape as a breast lift, it does avoid the scarring and potential complications associated with a breast lift.
Furthermore, in borderline cases, this approach can always be followed by having a breast lift at a later date to improve the shape further.