A breast lift in San Antonio at Hill Country Plastic Surgery is a procedure performed to restore the youthful lift, shape, and appearance of sagging breasts. This surgery involves reshaping the breast tissue, removing excess stretched skin, and creating a fresh, youthful, lifted breast contour.
There are multiple techniques for performing a breast lift (mastopexy):
- Periareolar (aka donut mastopexy): An incision is made around the areola and can be done with or without reshaping of the breast tissue. Risks are nipple areolar complex (NAC) widening and pleating the tissues. This is used for patients with mild sagging who need a less extensive lift.
- Vertical scar: A vertical incision is made on the breast and around the areola, shaped like a This incision pattern is appropriate in many cases of sagging breasts.
- Inverted T scar: This uses the traditional Wise (anchor) pattern which is also used for breast reductions. This is good for severe ptosis and for patients with poor skin quality.
- Inferior wedge excision: This technique is for patients that have the proper placement of the nipple structure, who have extra breast tissue on the lower region of the breast. This incision is hidden so there are no visible scars left on the breast mound itself.
- Auto-augmentation procedure: if a patient has had significant weight loss, there may be severe drooping of the breast with most of the breast tissue at the bottom of the breast. This results in what some people call a “rock in a sock” look. To create a fresh, youthful look, our surgeon will reshape the breasts, move them higher on the chest wall, and re-drape the skin over the breast to create a dramatically rejuvenated look, without placing implants.
The limitations of a mastopexy are that it will lift the breast, but it will not fill out the superior pole (upper) of the breast. If a fuller look is desired, an augmentation with implant can be done at the same time as the breast lift.