Over time, the effects of gravity along with the loss of the skin’s natural elasticity begins to have an effect on the appearance of a woman’s breasts. These factors, combined with pregnancies and nursing will often cause the breasts to lose their youthful shape and firmness. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. The procedure can also reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). In some cases, Dr. DiBello may recommend the use of breast implants inserted in conjunction with a mastopexy procedure to increase both firmness and size.
The mastopexy procedure improves the appearance of the outside of your breasts in several ways. The breast tissue is elevated, removing the excess skin from the lower portion of the breast, reshaping and tightening the remaining breast skin. At the same time, it repositions the nipple and the areola (the pigmented skin surrounding your nipple) to the aesthetically desired higher position. The procedure can also reduce the size of the areola if a significant amount of stretching over time has occurred. While the mastopexy procedure will result in some increase in upper breast fullness, significant enhancement or improvement in fullness can be achieved by placing a saline implant at the time of the mastopexy procedure.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts. Nevertheless, many women decide to undergo breast lift surgery before having children and feel that they can address any subsequent changes later. Since the milk ducts and nipples are left intact, breast lift surgery usually will not affect your ability to breastfeed.
A consultation with our Philadelphia plastic surgeon will help you determine if you are a candidate for a breast lift alone or in conjunction with implants. At that time, Dr. DiBello will discuss his personalized approach to your surgery as well as important considerations involved in breast lift surgery.
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