A mastopexy, often called a breast lift, is a popular cosmetic surgery for women who want to restore the natural youthfulness of their breasts. With pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, and the simple effects of gravity, breast skin can lose its elasticity and youthfulness.
A brest lift restores the breasts by removing excess skin and breast tissue as well as decreasing the size of the areola and raising it to a more youthful position. A breast implant may also be used to enhance breast volume if desired.
There are different grades of breast deformation, and appropriately, different grades of mastopexies to match. You can determine your grade and what style of breast lift you might need by looking at your profile in the mirror. The crease beneath the breast—known as the inframammary crease—determines the grade of skin elasticity and sagging that the breast has undergone. A youthful breast has the nipple above the inframammary crease.
A mastopexy augmentation is ideal for breasts with mild sagging and is usually combined with a breast implant for fuller, more firm looking breasts. A periareolar mastopexy is appropriate for breasts with moderate sagging. In this procedure the extra skin between the areola and the incision is removed; areolae can also be reduced during this procedure. For breasts with severe sagging a full mastopexy is required. This procedure is designed to essentially recreate the breast envelope by reshaping the breast and lifting the nipple, as well as reducing the size of the areolar complex.