Mastopexy Surgery (Breast Lift)
Cleveland Ohio Mastopexy Surgery to Restore a Natural, Youthful Appearance
Breast may droop over time due to aging, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and breast feeding. The breast tissue is a mixture of fat and glandular tissue. Over time, the proportion of glandular tissue decreases and fat increases, consequently the breast becomes less dense, less firm. The skin of the breast also may become thinner and less elastic over time.
Plastic surgeons distinguish between droop (ptosis) and flattening (pseudoptosis) of the breast. True ptosis is corrected with a breast lift (mastopexy). Flattening is corrected with placement of breast implants. The ideal procedure may combine both a mastopexy and breast implants.
Types of breast lift
The basic types of breast lift are periareolar, vertical, and inverted-T. A periaereolar mastopexy involves making an incision around the areola (the pigmented circle of skin around the nipple). A crescent of skin is removed from above the areola. The nipple and areola are lifted upward, and the incision is closed as a circle, concealing it in the border between the areola and the surrounding skin.
The vertical breast lift incorporates the periareolar incision and a vertical incision below the areola. The inverted-T breast lift adds a horizontal, curved incision just above the fold underneath the breast (the inframammary fold). The vertical and horizontal incision together form the shape of an upside-down T (hence the name).
In general, mild droop can be corrected with a periareolar lift. Moderate droop necessitates a vertical lift. And moderate to severe droop requires an inverted-T mastopexy.
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