Sagging and loss of firmness of the breast tissue and skin, or drooping of the nipple and areola
may result from pregnancy, nursing, weight gain or loss, aging and gravity.
Breast lift or mastopexy is a procedure which removes and tightens breast skin and
repositions the nipple and areolar complex to raise and reshape sagging and drooping breasts.
Mastopexy does result in longer and more noticeable scars than a standard breast augmentation,
but these scars are designed to be as inconspicuous as possible. During your consultation with
Dr. Lu, she will discuss the various types of mastopexies and which type she would recommend for you.
There are three common types of incision patterns: around the areola, around the areola and
vertically down to the breast crease (lollipop), and lollipop plus horizontally along the breast
crease (anchor). Women with large, heavy breasts can have mastopexies, but the results may not
be as long lasting due to stretching of the skin from the weight of the breasts. In women with
small breasts or loss of volume from pregnancy, insertion of breast implants in addition to
mastopexy will increase firmness and size, and result in long lasting superior fullness compared to mastopexy alone.