Full Breast Lift And Implants Indications
This figure shows the results of an inverted-T breast 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.
The inverted "T" breast lift and breast augmentation is for women with moderate to severe breast ptosis. The inverted "T" mastopexy is widely used for combined mastopexy and augmentation procedures. With this design, the scar is the shape of an up-side-down "T", with scars in the middle and across the base of the breast. Like nearly all methods of breast lifting, this procedure also results in a scar around the areola. This technique is also called a Wise pattern mastopexy and an Anchor pattern mastopexy.
Inverted "T" Lift And Implants Technique
For women with excess skin at the lower part of the breast, this is often the most powerful mastopexy and augmentation technique, as much of the lower and central breast skin is removed. After the excess skin is excised, the breast implant is placed through a deeper incision at the base of the breast. In addition to skin removal and tightening, the deep layer of breast tissue is often sutured together to shape the breast, as well. Finally, the areola is slid into a higher position and the skin is closed around the areola, down the center of the breast and across the breast fold. The final scar is like an anchor or inverted "T", with a scar around the areola, straight down the center of the breast to the breast fold and across the base of the breast. The length of the scar in the breast fold varies according to the degree of skin excess at the lower aspect of the breast.
Inverted "T" Lift And Augmentation Recovery
This technique typically does not cause puckering of the skin around the areola (as does the areolar lift), but it does leave the breast implants very high on the chest, and the bases of the breasts tight and flat. Within a few weeks from surgery, the skin expands, the implants drop and the breasts begin to assume a nice appearance.
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. This technique is used in moderate to severe cases of breast ptosis.
This figure shows the final skin closure and the breast shape after surgery. After removal of the skin, the areola is slid into a higher position and the skin is wrapped around the breast tissue and closed with dissolvable sutures. During the first few weeks after surgery, the breasts are tight, swollen and perky.