With aging, pregnancy, or weight loss, the breasts may begin to sag. A breast lift (mastopexy) is a surgical procedure to restore a perkier, elevated, more aesthetic breast. Dr. Shuster specializes in short-scar, minimally invasive breast lift techniques to give the breasts a naturally firmer appearance, leaving only the faintest hint that surgery has been performed. This may be done as a stand-alone procedure or in conjunction with breast implants.
Breast Lift Surgery Details
Dr. Shuster performs the breast lift procedure in a hospital setting using general anesthesia. The surgery typically takes two and a half hours to complete, although this can vary depending on the extent and complexity of your case. During your surgery, Dr. Shuster will use one of two techniques:
- The Concentric (Periareolar/Benelli) Mastopexy:
This technique utilizes an incision that encircles the areola. It improves the nipple position and breast shape and is commonly performed together with breast augmentation. It is only appropriate for the most minimal change in nipple position.
- The Vertical (Lollipop) Mastopexy:
This technique involves an incision around the areola that extends down towards the crease under the breast. Vertical incision breast lifts allow for more extensive reshaping. It typically produces a better shape and projection than the concentric method.
- The Anchor Pattern Mastopexy:
This method provides the most effective, long-lasting lift for patients who have more sagging of their breast tissue. The scar from this procedure is around the areola, vertically towards the crease under the breast, and along the crease.
Dr. Shuster will discuss these breast lift techniques with you and determine which is more appropriate during your consultation. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks to be considered./p>