Mastopexy: a procedure to correct breast ptosis

Mastopexy: a procedure to correct breast ptosis

05th Mar 2020


When thinking about plastic surgery on the breasts, many people think about breast implant surgery, and there is a reason behind this. Breast augmentation with implants allows millions of women all over the world to get the breasts of their dreams in a matter of a few hours with minimal risks and a recovery period no longer than a few weeks. 

It is normal to think that implants are a solution for all of the imperfections that occur in the breasts. We use implants to correct asymmetries, the shape of the breasts, and so on. However, there is one imperfection of the breasts that can’t be treated with implants that requires another surgery, and this is breast sagginess.

Sooner or later in their lives, many women are confronted with an unpleasant appearance of the breasts that have descended low on the chest wall, look empty, and with the nipples facing down. There are many causes of breast ptosis we know about, such as pregnancy, weight fluctuation, breasts with a large volume, and the natural aging process. 

When the first signs of breast ptosis occur, many women tend to look for natural methods to prevent or correct the sagginess of the breasts. While there are some things that can be done to delay the development of breast ptosis such as always wearing a good quality bra that fits perfectly, always wearing a compressive sports bra when exercising and so on, there are no natural methods to fight breast ptosis or to fix it.

Mastopexy is the procedure designed and performed to correct breast ptosis and entails incisions on the breasts. If we are talking about a minor or moderate level of breast sagginess, the plastic surgeon might decide a periareolar incision is enough to correct the condition. For more severe cases, additional incisions will be performed vertically from the areola’s edge to the inframammary fold and horizontally in the fold under the breasts. 

Mastopexy is often performed with the patient under general anesthesia. During the procedure, the plastic surgeon will use the incisions to detach the skin tissue from the mammary gland tissue that will be re-centered and positioned higher on the chest wall for an ulterior perky appearance of the breasts. Then the skin envelope is re-draped on the mammary gland and the excess is removed to have firm skin on the breasts. During the procedure, the plastic surgeon can also correct the dimensions of the areolas in case they are enlarged to make them more harmonious to the new breasts.

Mastopexy often requires a shorter recovery period than breast implant surgery, and there are few potential complications that can occur post-operatively. Choosing a talented, experienced board-certified plastic surgeon will help you avoid many complications and achieve spectacular results. 

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