For patients concerned about the sagging of their breasts our plastic surgeon, Dr. Richard Zeff, may recommend breast lift surgery. Also known as mastopexy, breast lift surgery involves lifting and tightening the breasts into a more youthful position. Our surgeon can help patients determine if breast lift, breast augmentation, or another breast surgery procedure is best suited to their unique needs. Please contact our practice for more information, or to schedule a consultation.
Breast Lift Surgery Candidates
Patients who are interested in breast lift surgery should consider the following questions:
- Are your breasts the desired size in your bra, but without a bra they are too low or flat?
- Does it look as though someone let the air out of your breasts?
- Do you wish you could put your breasts back up where they were before having children and gravity set in?
- Do your nipples and/or the majority of your breast-tissue hang lower than your breast creases?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, a breast lift may be appropriate for you.
The Pencil Test
Another simple way to determine whether your breasts may be in need of a breast lift is the pencil test. To perform this test, simply stand upright in front of a mirror with your shoulders back in a proper posture position. Without a bra on, take a pencil and slide it under the crease of your breast. When you stand up straight does the pencil stay in place under your breast? If so, you may be a candidate for a breast lift surgery. Be assured that not all patients whose pencil stays in place are in need of a breast lift. Our surgeon will be able to more accurately determine your breast lift needs at the time of your initial consultation.
The Breast Lift Procedure
During the breast lift procedure, your plastic surgeon will create incisions on the breast and remove excess skin and tissue to lift and reshape the area. Breast lift incisions may be limited to the area around the nipple-areolar complex or may extend down to and include some of the crease beneath the breast, depending on the amount of lift necessary and the specific needs and goals of the patient as discussed during the pre-surgery consultation. In addition, the nipples are placed in a higher and more natural position. Once complete, the incisions are closed with sutures.
Before & After
The breast lift procedure is often followed by breast augmentation with implants. Some patients find that the addition of breast implants helps to achieve a fuller perkier look. Small implants may be chosen to achieve this without increasing the size of the breasts dramatically. However, there is also the option of choosing a larger-sized implant to increase breast size. With or without implants, a breast lift is a re-positioning procedure that will help restore a more youthful shape to your breasts without making them smaller. These are all topics that can be discussed during a personal consultation with our experienced breast lift surgeon.
“I would highly recommend Dr. Zeff to anyone looking for cosmetic surgery. I was so nervous, but Dr. Zeff and his staff answered all my questions thoroughly and helped me feel calm and prepared. My breast surgery was in March of 2008. I healed very well and best of all my results are wonderful. I love it! I feel great about the choice I made!”
Cindy – Derry, NH
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