Gravity is a tireless worker, never taking a day off, never calling in sick, and always pulling our tissues and muscles downward. Gravity is particularly tough on the breasts, especially if you add in changing breast size due to pregnancy or from weight gain and loss.
Dr. Barrera performs breast lift surgery to bring the breasts back up to a higher position on the chest.
What is a breast lift?
Clinically known as mastopexy, a breast lift has the goal of reducing the sagging and stretching that has brought much of the breast volume down to the bottom of the breast and far lower on the chest. Dr. Barrera trims excess skin and tightens underlying support muscles. The breasts will again be higher on the chest, and they will be firmer. Many patients also combine implants with their lift to replace volume lost during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Would a breast lift be good for me?
Breast lifts are a great option for women who don’t like the way their breasts have accumulated volume at the bottom, losing volume on the higher areas above the nipples. This procedure also addresses breasts that have flattened. In some cases, the nipples are pointing downward rather than forward.
Most women who have had children or whose weight has fluctuated could benefit from a breast lift.
The breast lift procedure
A breast lift usually involves fairly significant incisions to gain access to the skin to be trimmed. If there is excessive sagging skin, Dr. Barrera will likely use what is known as the anchor incision, which circles the areola, moves straight downward to the breast crease, and then moves outward in both directions. Once the excess skin has been removed, the nipple/areola complex is moved to a higher position on the breast.
In some cases with less sagging skin, it may be possible to make a doughnut incision around the areola, removing a doughnut-shaped area of skin.
If the patient has opted to also add volume to her breast lift, Dr. Barrera will insert breast implants after the lift portion of the procedure is complete. This is easy to do, as the implants can be placed through the incisions already made for the breast lift.
Do your sagging breasts make your spirits sag along with them? Call Dr. Barrera at (713) 468-5200 and set up a consultation for a breast lift.