As a woman becomes older it’s no secret that her breasts typically become droopier and begin to sag. The combined effects of pregnancy, significant weight loss, or the natural aging process can all lead to a woman’s breast tissue changing in very significant ways. Any of these physiologic events can lead to stretching of the breast tissue. This can then ultimately lead to an imbalance between the amount of skin and the amount of breast gland.
Invariably, throughout this process the nipple and areola will begin to point further downward on the breast itself. Plastic surgeons refer to these changes as breast ptosis.
Plastic surgeons grade breast ptosis by the position of the nipple and areola in relation to the bottom of the breast. This relationship allows surgeons like Dr. Parson to designate a grade of ptosis to each breast (1-3).
A mastopexy (breast lift surgery) is a procedure that is performed to rearrange the breast tissue by one of several standard methods, depending on the specific amount of breast ptosis.
Patient’s who have a mastopexy performed will ultimately have breasts that are more youthful and firm in appearance. A mastopexy (breast lift surgery) can also decrease the size of the areola (the pigmented area around the nipple). When changes from either pregnancy or weight loss cause the breasts to “deflate” in size, a breast augmentation may also be added to the mastopexy procedure. The breast augmentation will allow Dr. Parson to restore the lost volume of breast tissue while he also “lifts” the breast. This loss of breast volume is a very common occurrence, and is often seen after breast-feeding. Breast lift with breast augmentation can be performed to make the breasts appear larger and firmer.
Women who are healthy, emotionally stable, and realistic about what the surgery can accomplish are the best candidates for surgery. The best results are obtained in women with small, sagging breasts. In larger breasted women, the results may not be as long lasting, because of the weight of the breasts.
Breast lift surgery is a comprehensive procedure that can help women regain the youthful contours they desire. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts and would like to learn more about mastopexy or other breast procedures, contact Dr. Shaun Parson today at 480-282-8386. During your consultation he can review your procedure options, including breast lift and breast augmentation.