With the effects of gravity over time, pregnancies, and weight loss, many women become unhappy with the droopiness and sagging of their breasts. Breast Lift Sacramento Mastopexy surgery aims to give the breasts a more youthful appearance by elevating the nipple and areola to a position at or above the breast fold, reshape the breast tissues to give a perkier appearance, and tighten loose skin on the breast. Some patients are candidates for breast augmentation or reduction in addition to the lifting and reshaping of the breast.
What is breast lift Sacramento mastopexy surgery?
This is a surgery designed to improve your appearance both in and out of clothes and for many results in enhanced self-confidence. Incisions for breast surgery are placed around the nipple-areola complex (periareolar mastopexy), around the nipple and down the center of the breast leaving the scar in a lollipop shape (vertical mastopexy), or they have an additional scar across the lower fold of the breast in an anchor configuration. The type of scar is determined by the amount of droopiness or sagging (ptosis) present in the breast. Dr. Jeffrey Sweat will be happy to review all of your cosmetic options during your consultation.
What will lifting my breasts do for me?
As of the year 2000, statistics from the last 16 years from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons state that mastopexy surgery has grown by 70%. This number rises above breast implants by a ratio of 2-to-1. Lifting your breasts can restore the composition that often is reduced in the elasticity of skin and firmness due to many factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, fluctuations in weight, aging, gravity, and heredity. However, mastopexy surgery will not drastically alter the overall size of your breasts. In most cases, the upper-most portion of your breast will not be rounded out with the lifting of the breast by itself. If your goal is to achieve a fuller look in the upper pole of your breasts, you may be a candidate for a breast lift with augmentation surgery (breast implants). Please examine Dr. Sweat’s patient’s before and after photo below to visualize what is being explained in this section.
How do I know if I need a Mastopexy with Breast Implants?
A mastopexy with augmentation is particularly helpful for women whose breasts have lost substantial volume due to the effects of weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding. If your breasts have mild to moderate ptosis (sagging) in addition to being smaller in size, then a breast lift with augmentation can enhance your breast fullness and return them to a more youthful position on the chest. Dr. Jeffrey Sweat typically performs a crescent breast lift with augmentation for women need a small correction of the nipple-areola complex. This surgical procedure involves the excision of a crescent-shaped skin excess above the nipple-areola complex. Through this incision, the breast implant is placed in the submuscular plane. The nipple-areola is then lifted appropriately over the new fuller breast mound. For women with a larger quantity of skin excess, Dr. Sweat utilizes a surgical technique known as a donut mastopexy to remove the excess skin and reposition the nipple-areola complex. However, for more severe skin excess, together with breast tissue sagging, a breast augmentation can be combined with either a short-scar breast lift or anchor-type incision. Please take a moment and examine the before and after photo of Dr. Sweat’s patient who underwent a mastopexy surgery with breast implants to help visualize what is being explained in the above paragraph.
I’ve heard the term breast ptosis mentioned. Can you explain what that means?
Breast ptosis is common amongst women and is generally referred to as sagging or drooping. The progression at which breasts begin to sag may be caused by a variety of causes:
Fluctuations in weight
Effects of menopause
Body Mass Index (BMI)
As a board-certified plastic surgeon, I examine the degree of ptosis by grading the position of your nipple to the inframammary fold. This is where the underneath portion of your breasts are attached to your chest. In severe cases of ptosis, the nipples are far below the fold and point almost completely downward. I have included a diagram to help you visualize what degree of ptosis you may be suffering.
Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Unfortunately, 1 in 8 women will face the diagnosis of breast cancer in their lifetime. While cancers are being detected earlier, treatments are improving, and the expected length and quality of life for women with breast cancer has improved greatly over recent years, treatment for some women still involves removal or significant disfigurement of the breast. Dr. Jeffrey Sweat also specializes in breast reconstruction using a variety of techniques. These include the use of tissue expanders and breast implants to reconstruct the breast mound. Alternatively, your own body tissues (autologous breast reconstruction) from the abdomen (TRAM flap breast reconstruction), back (latissimus flap breast reconstruction), or other areas can also be used to recreate the breast mound. Nipple and areaolar reconstruction are also utilized to give a complete appearance to the reconstructed breast. Breast reconstruction helps restore breast shape both in and out of clothing and gives women back their sense of femininity.
Watch and Learn About Mastopexy Surgery
Understand.com is proud to inform you of the newest addition to your Plastic Surgery Library: Mastopexy and Mastopexy with Breast Implants. This new HD animation covers both procedures in a simple and easy-to-understand format. The Plastic Surgery Animation Library is endorsed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Jeffrey Sweat is a board certified plastic surgeon and specializes in plastic surgery of the breasts, with breast augmentation, mastopexy, breast reduction and breast reconstruction being part of his specialty. You can read more about what it means to be board certified in plastic surgery and the importance of choosing a surgeon who meets these respected standards by clicking here.