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The medical term for a breast lift or breast uplift surgery is Mastopexy. As women age, the ligaments that hold up the breast begin to stretch and the breast sags. Also, changes such as pregnancy or large amounts of weight loss can lead to drooping breasts. Medically the breasts are not considered to be dropping unless the position of the nipple is at or below the level of the inframammary fold. The inframammary fold is the crease under the breast. The medical term for drooping is called “ptosis”, which is why drooping breasts are called ptosis breasts.
There are different degrees of severity for drooping breasts (ptosis). The mildest form of breast ptosis is when the nipple just drops below the inframammary fold. The most severe form of breast ptosis is when the nipple and areola are pointing toward the floor and are at the lowest part of the breasts. There are many techniques for lifting the breasts and the type of breast lift surgery used depends on the amount of breast ptosis. Obviously, the more severe the droop the more extensive the breast surgery must be to correct the problem.
Dr. Lane Smith Of Smith Plastic Surgery
Las Vegas plastic surgeon Dr. Lane Smith holds 4 separate board-certifications in plastic surgery and was voted “Top Plastic Surgeon Three Years in a Row as per the Las Vegas Review-Journal.” He and his team will perform the breast lift surgery that best fits the patients’ needs while leaving the fewest scars possible.*
Breast Lift And Breast Implants
Sometimes a breast lift is combined with breast implants, as this helps fill the breast when it has a deflated appearance and increases the overall volume of the breast. In general, if a patient just wants just to have her breasts lifted we do a breast lift without implants. Breast implants are needed in conjunction with a breast lift procedure when the patient wants her breasts to be lifted and fuller. When breast implants are not used, the breasts become smaller with a breast lift because the breast tissue is tightened making the breasts smaller. If a patient wants the breasts to be the same size as they were prior to breast lift surgery or larger, as lifted, then Dr. Smith performs a mastopexy with breast implants.* The medical term for this procedure is Augmentation Mastopexy.
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The Benefits Of Breast Lift Surgery
When Dr. Smith performs breast lift surgery the patient benefits from the improvement of the breast position and the shape of the breast.* Following the procedure the breast should be in a more pleasing, uplifted and youthful position.* The shape of the breast should also be improved after breast lift surgery.* The breasts should be more firm and round.* Also, if the areolas are large, they can be reduced at the time of the breast lift. With breast lift surgery, it is very important for the patient to have realistic expectations. The goal is an improvement in the shape and position of the breasts, they will never be perfect and most likely the breasts will never look as good as a young woman who comes in for a routine breast augmentation.*
Will the Breasts Look More Youthful After Breast Lift Surgery?
A breast lift can make the breasts more youthful looking.* Youthful breasts are high round and firm with a conical or slightly sloping shape. The nipples should be near the center of the breast with about 50% to 60% of the breast mass under the nipple and 50% to 40% of the breast mass above the nipple. Even in a young woman, if the breasts are sagging they appear old and it makes that woman’s overall figure appear old. Conversely, even an older woman, if the breasts are high, well-shaped and firm, it makes her entire figure appear younger and sexier.*
Can You Combine Breast Implants With A Mastopexy?
Combining breast augmentation and mastopexy is called an Augmentation-Mastopexy and is primarily performed by Dr. Smith when a patient desires an increase in breast volume or size, as well as a more uplifted breast. Another reason to combine breast augmentation and breast lift surgery is to give the breasts a more round appearance. Breast implants are needed when patients desire very round shaped or even “fake looking” breasts.* This process seems to be common in the Las Vegas area, with more patients requesting breast implants with their breast lifts.
Can A Breast Lift Help Make Uneven Breasts More Symmetrical?
Yes, a mastopexy procedure by Smith Plastic Surgery can make uneven breasts more symmetrical.* When the breasts have a large difference in size, shape, nipple position or droop, some form of mastopexy or mastopexy augmentation will be needed.*
When there is a large difference in the size, almost always a breast implant will be needed to help make the breasts more even.* For example, if one breast is small and not ptosis and the other breast is larger and ptosis, Dr. Smith may need to place a breast implant in the smaller breast and lift and reduce the size of the opposite breast to get them to match. The breasts will never look exactly alike, but they should be more similar.*
What If My Areola Is Too Large, Uneven, Or Elliptical-Shaped?
The areola is the colored part of the skin around the nipples. They are frequently too large or abnormally shaped, especially in drooping breasts. As part of the breast lift, we frequently reshape the areola. We can make the areola smaller and rounder.*
What About Breast Feeding After Breast Uplift Surgery?
Following most types of breast lift and breast augmentation surgeries, the majority of patients will still be able to continue breastfeeding. However, there is an increased chance of not being able to breast-feed after breast uplift surgery. For patients who are concerned about the ability to breastfeed you may want to postpone surgery until after your last pregnancy.
What if My Nipples are at Different Heights?
As part of the mastopexy procedure, we attempt to make both nipples the same level and both breasts the same shape. Truthfully the nipples and breast shapes can never exactly alike, just as in nature no two snowflakes are exactly alike. However, the shapes and position of the nipples should be similar.*
Breast Lift Procedures From Smith Plastic Surgery
There are many techniques used to lift the breasts and Dr. Smith discusses the various options with you during your consultation. Since all breasts are different, each breast lift surgery is individually tailored to the patient by Dr. Smith.
Are There Various Types Of Breast Lift Procedures?
The most common technique used by Dr. Smith is the Vertical Mastopexy, also known as the “lollipop lift”. The advantage of this type of breast lift is that produces a very good breast shape, resulting in a nice high breast lift that is long lasting.* The disadvantage is that there is a scar created around the nipple and straight down the breast like a lollipop shape, hence the nickname “lollipop breast lift.”*
Smith Plastic Surgery typically performs breast lift surgeries under general anesthesia. Dr. Smith will mark a keyhole type pattern on the skin prior to surgery. The top of the keyhole will be the new, higher position of the nipple. Dr. Smith removes the skin around the nipple and below the nipple in this keyhole type pattern. Dr. Smith makes sure that during the procedure the nipple is not detached from the underlying breast and remains on the breast mound.
More On The Surgical Process
When Dr. Smith is placing a breast implant, he will do so through an incision in the lower part of the keyhole and the breast implant is placed exactly like a breast augmentation. Dr. Smith almost always places the breast implant under the muscle (submuscular breast augmentation.)
If Dr. Smith is not placing a breast implant, he will take some of the breast tissue and fold it underneath placing it in a new higher position. This gives fullness to the upper part of the breast. Dr. Smith will also place sutures to in the breast tissue itself to pull the breast together to make it more round and firm. At this point, Dr. Smith pulls the remaining breast skin together and closes it with sutures. This tightens the “breast envelope” and contributes to lifting the breasts. The final scar will be around the nipple and straight down the bottom half of the breast in a lollipop shape.*
The Scars Following Breast Uplift Surgery
When Dr. Smith performs Breast Lift Surgery typically he removes a large amount of skin to lift the breast. This requires fairly long skin incisions, usually around the nipple and straight down the breast. Sometimes Dr. Smith will be able to use a smaller incision as each patient is different. However, it is not possible to lift the breast without any incisions or scars. If a patient is unwilling to accept scars on the breast she should not have (breast lift surgery) mastopexy. Fortunately, scars fade for 2 to 3 years and can often become nearly invisible and difficult to see.*
Scheduling a Consultation at Smith Plastic Surgery for a Breast Lift Evaluation
The best way to learn more about breast lift surgery or breast uplift surgery with breast implants and what choices are best for you is to schedule an appointment with one of the best cosmetic surgeons in Las Vegas, Dr. Lane Smith. Dr. Smith, a board-certified surgeon, has numerous satisfied breast lift patients in Las Vegas, Henderson, Utah, and California and indeed from all over the world.
At Smith Plastic Surgery, You Will Find A Very Helpful, Caring and Experienced Team Ready To Serve You. Schedule Your Consultation Today By Calling Us At (702) 838-2455 Or Contact Us Online.