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Breast reduction
Breast reduction surgery lifts and reduces the breasts. A woman’s figure and lifestyle can be improved with a breast reduction.

Computer simulations
3-D computer simulations allow women to see how their breasts may look with various size breast implants.

Breast implants & lift
Breast lift, plus breast augmentation, can lead to perky, larger breasts.

Inverted - T lift after surgery
Inverted - T lift after surgery

illustration of inverted-t lift final results

This figure shows the results of an inverted-T lift after several weeks of healing. The upper breast fullness and swelling have resolved, the breast tissue has "dropped", and the lower poles of the breasts have rounded out.

Inverted - T final closure
Inverted - T final closure

illustration of inverted-t lift early recovery

This inverted-T breast lift illustration shows the final skin closure and the breast shape after surgery.

During the first few weeks after surgery, the breasts are very tight, swollen and perky.

Inverted - T lift
Inverted - T lift

illustration of inverted-t lift

The inverted "T" breast lift results in removal of skin from around the areola, down the center of the breast and from the lower portion of the breast. The areola remains attached to the breast tissue, nerves, and blood vessels.  After removal of the skin, the areola is slid into a higher position and the surrounding skin is wrapped around the breast tissue and closed with dissolvable sutures under the skin. This technique is used in moderate to severe cases of breast ptosis.

Vertical lift results
Vertical lift results

illustration of vertical lift early recovery

The breasts appear natural and youthful after the vertical breast lift has healed and the breasts have softened and settled.

Note the "lollipop" shaped scars around the areolas and down the center of the breasts.

Vertical lift surgery
Vertical lift surgery

illustration of vertical lift

The central breast skin is removed in a "key-hole" pattern. The deeper layers of the breast are usually sutured together to shape the breast. The areola is slid into a higher position and the skin is sutured closed leaving a

Side view of areolar lift settled
Side view of areolar lift settled

illustration of side view circumareolar lift settled

After fully healed, the puckering around the areola resolves, and the skin loosens and the breast settles into a soft, natural appearance.

Side view of areolar lift
Side view of areolar lift

illustration of side view of circumareolar lift

 

Here, in side view, is a breast shortly after circumareolar breast lift. The breast is tight and the skin is puckered around the areola.

Areolar lift after surgery
Areolar lift after surgery

illustration of circumareolar lift after surgery

This drawing shows a circumareolar breast lift. For the first few weeks after surgery, the skin is very puckered around the areolas.

Areolar lift design
Areolar lift design

illustration of circumareolar lift

This example of a circumareolar breast lift shows the circular pattern of skin that is removed around the areolas. The skin is then tightened around the areolas like a "purse string" and the breasts are lifted and the areolas are repositioned in a higher location.

Breast Lift Video
Breast Lift Video

Introduction To Breast Lifts

Childbirth, nursing, gravity and weight loss can all have dramatic effects on the shape and position of a woman's breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag.

The medical term for such sagging is breast ptosis. For those women who wish to have breasts with a more youthful position and shape, a breast lift (also called a "mastopexy") is the procedure of choice.

Breast lifts are commonly performed on women in their 30's, 40's and 50's, but we have performed the procedure on younger and older women as well.

Breast Lift Candidates

The best candidates for mastopexy are healthy women who are realistic about what the surgery can accomplish. Many women seek mastopexy because pregnancy and nursing have left them with stretched skin and less volume in their breasts. However, if you are planning to have more children, it is best to postpone your breast lift.

While there are no special risks that affect future pregnancies (for example, mastopexy usually does not interfere with breast-feeding), pregnancy is likely to stretch your breasts again and offset the results of the procedure.

Breast Lift Technique Is Tailored To Your Needs

Dr. Connall has a wide range of experience with a number of operations to lift your breasts, customizing the procedure based on your unique characteristics and desires.

Breast Lifts can be performed through an incision around the areola only (areolar mastopexy); around the areola and with a short vertical incision (vertical mastopexy); or with an incision around the areola, vertical incision, and an incision hidden in the lower breast fold (the full, inverted-T mastopexy).

The choice of procedure depends on the severity of your case and the aesthetics you wish to achieve. For details of each breast lift technique, please see those sections.

Breast Lift Combined With Breast Augmentation

Also, for women that desire a breast lift and increased size and upper breast fullness, a combined mastopexy and augmentation can be performed. Each of the mastopexy techniques can be combined with a breast augmentation. We have an entire section on this website devoted to mastopexy and augmentation. Please look there for additional information. Dr. Connall will review all of your mastopexy options with you during a detailed office consultation.