Through time, the effects of gravity and the reduction of the skin’s natural elasticity can have a negative impact on the look of a woman’s breasts. These factors, combined with pregnancies and nursing, can cause the breasts to lose their youthful shape and firmness. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a procedure that raises and reshapes sagging breasts. Charlotte-area Dr. Ferrari can also reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). Breast implants combined with mastopexy can increase both firmness and size.
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Women often seek to rejuvenate their breasts with a breast lift or “mastopexy” to remove excess skin, tighten and raise the breasts and reduce the diameter of the areolas. However, it is important to understand that mastopexy will not significantly change the size of your breasts or add upper breast fullness. Charlotte plastic surgeon Dr. Ferrari will recommend breast reduction for women who want smaller, perkier breasts. Women who want upper breast fullness and/or larger breasts should consider breast augmentation along with mastopexy.
There are three basic types of mastopexy with varying degrees of lifting and scarring. The basic thought is that the more you lift and tighten the breast, the more skin that needs to be removed and therefore more scaring is created. The first is called a “PERI-AREOLAR” or “DONUT” mastopexy. This is really a nipple shifting operation and does not significantly raise the breast. This is performed by first removing a “donut”-shaped piece of skin around the areola. Then a deep “purse string” suture is placed and tightened in order to decrease the diameter of the opening and lift the nipple to a higher position. Initially, there will be a small amount of wrinkling around the areola due to the bunching up of the skin, but this tends to resolve completely within three to six months after cosmetic surgery.
The second type of mastopexy is called a “LOLLIPOP LIFT” due to the shape of the scar. There will be a round scar around the areola plus a vertical scar extending down to the level of the breast fold (where the lower part of the breast meets the chest). By removing some vertical lower breast skin, the breasts and nipples will both be lifted.
The third type of lift is the “ANCHOR” mastopexy. In addition to the “lollipop” shaped scar, a horizontal scar is added along the breast fold in order to remove large quantities of skin and give the maximum lift.
We hope this information has been helpful. To learn more about breast lift cost and procedures, get in touch with our Charlotte breast lift doctor at Premier Plastic Surgery Center, call (704) 288-5554. For your convenience, you can reserve your preferred consultation using our online request an appointment form. Though most of our breast lift patients come to us from Monroe, Waxhaw, Matthews, Charlotte and Weddington, Dr. Ferrari has also had many patients that have travelled from many parts of the United States and South America to have him perform their surgeries.
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