Breast Lifting (Mastopexy) Mastopexy is the medical term for procedures that raise the nipple and restore the shape of sagging breasts. According to Sydney cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr Darryl Hodgk...Continue Reading
Mastopexy – Breast lift Surgery
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About The Procedure
Breast Lifts with Mastopexy Surgery
Over the years, factors such as weight loss or gain, pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman’s breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag.
Breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts-at least for a time. (No surgery can permanently delay the effects of gravity.) Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. If your breasts are small or have lost volume, for example, after pregnancy, breast implants inserted in conjunction with mastopexy can increase both improve their volume, shape, firmness and their size.
Minimal Incisions with Mastopexy
Traditionally breast lifting was performed with the same anchor shaped scars as breast reduction that go around the nipple and vertically from the nipple to the inframammary fold where the scars would follow the fold for a few centimeters or inches depending on the amount of breast tissue and sag. Lifting today, however, can be performed with just a peri-areolar incision around the nipple complex. Through this incision, the tissue can be lifted and tightened, the nipple can be moved to its appropriate position and the breast can be augmented with an implant if desired. This type of minimal incision mastopexy is also commonly known as the Benneli Mastopexy or the Goes Mastopexy after the French and Brazilian surgeons respectively who are credited with the development of the procedure. To perform this type of mastopexy a surgeon must have vast experience in this specific operation as it is more technically demanding than the traditional mastopexy with anchor scarring. Dr. Hodgkinson has this expertise as a cosmetic plastic surgeon and has been performing this procedure for nearly 15 years.
|Before & After Mastopexy Without Implants|
If you’re considering a breast lift, Dr. Darryl Hodgkinson can assess you and let you know if you are a candidate for minimal incision mastopexy and provide you specific information on how he would proceed in your particular situation.
If I have a breast lift, will my breasts sag again?
The extent to which this will happen is in your hands and the hands of the Gods. The patient needs to control weight gain or loss, lifestyle habits that erode skin elasticity (smoking, drinking, sunbathing) and general wellness. The Gods have given you your genetic make-up and that in turn determines how we age and we all age differently. One thing is for sure, with time and ageing gravity will take its hold whether you have had surgery or not. Patients who require breast lifts also usually have compromised elasticity of their skin and women who have had children especially, due to previous enlargement and shrinkage of the breasts following pregnancy and lactation. Breast implants in conjunction with a lift can help prop up the sagging breast tissue and give volume especially in the upper pole. Sometimes the patient’s own fat is injected to fill the upper pole of the breasts. If necessary, a mastoplexy (breast lift) can be repeated at a later date.
Before and after Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Would a breast-lift help after having children?
Drooping breasts can be a source of embarrassment as well as a sign of their loss of youth and femininity. This sagging can occur naturally with age or follow after pregnancy when the breast tissue shrinks. Breast droop can be corrected with an operation called mastopexy which involves removing some skin and excess tissue from the lower breast with a vertical incision combined with a peri-areolar incision (incision around the nipple) or with just the peri-areolar incision itself (the Bennelli technique). The skin is drawn together and stitched creating a higher, tighter breast. Sometimes I insert an implant to give the breast added support and fullness if the patient has inadequate breast tissue.
Before and After Breast Lift with Breast Implants (Bennelli: Minimal Incision) by Dr Hodgkinson