Women look at their breasts as an integral part in defining their femininity and overall sexuality. Life and ageing causes relatively small changes for a woman’s breast size or shape that can have a large effect on a woman’s confidence & self esteem.
Once these changes become more noticeable and pronounced, women tend to seek plastic and cosmetic surgical options to help with their breast appearance. This includes procedures such as a breast lift.
The Most Common Reasons Women Have Breast Lift Surgery
There can be many positive reasons to have breast lift surgery. Some common reasons for having breast lift surgery (or mastopexy) include:
- Wanting to restore a higher, tighter, more youthful breast shape
- Regain breast volume and shape that was lost with, pregnancy, and/or weight loss
- Correcting asymmetry between the breasts
What are the different types of breast lift incisions?
During a breast lift procedure, an incision needs to be made on the breast. For these incisions, there are 3 main types that are made for a breast lift:
- Circumareolar: around the areola,
- Lollipop: around the areola and a vertical incision from the areola to the fold,
- Full anchor: incision around the areola, vertical incision, and incision under the breast fold.
The length of the surgical incisions depends on the degree of breast lift required. The circumareolar lift ideally provides about a 2 cm vertical lift of the nipple and a reduction of the areola size if needed.
If this kind of lift is used for more than 2cm, the final result will have puckering of the incision, an oval areola, and an overall flattening of the breast mound. If there is more than a 2 cm lift needed, the next option is the lollipop incision.
This type of incision is used when there is some excess skin on the bottom half of the breast. The full anchor or Wise pattern incision is used when there is significant skin excess or the need for a higher nipple and areola position that cannot be obtained with the lollipop incision.
Having breast lift surgery and getting Mammograms – What you should know.
If you are age 35 or greater or have a significant family history of breast cancer, you should have a baseline mammogram prior to your breast lift surgery. If you already get routine mammograms, you should wait a few months after surgery to allow time for healing, and then resume your normal mammogram schedule.
I’m considering a breast augmentation procedure. Can I have breast augmentation and a breast lift at the same time?
Short answer – Yes. During your breast lift, if you choose to, you can have a breast augmentation with implants at the same time. The breast implant “fills up” some of the excess breast skin and this routinely makes the resultant incisions shorter because less skin needs to be removed.
I’m ready for a breast lift – What is the next step?
The next step is to schedule a completely FREE complimentary private consultation with Dr. Kole to discuss your desires and to discuss your options. Please call the office at 215-315-7655 to schedule your breast lift procedure.
Our office is conveniently located at 1122 Street Rd Southampton, PA 18966.