Age, pregnancy, genetics and dramatic weight loss can all contribute to the development of sagging or pendulous breasts.
For many women, a breast lift, or mastopexy, can restore a firm, more youthful, natural appearance. Your consultation with board-certified South Carolina plastic surgeon Dr. Ted Vaughn will determine if you’re a candidate for a breast lift and whether a mastopexy is the best solution for your individual condition and body type. Please call our Greenwood office at (864) 605-3151 today.
Breast Lift Candidates
A breast lift may be used to correct issues including:
- Drooping breasts
- Enlarged areolas
- Inverted or downward-pointing nipples
- Stretched breast skin
In addition to having a desire to correct at least one of these problem areas, viable breast lift candidates are women who are in good general health and who are either nonsmokers or who have stopped smoking prior to surgery. If you are considering a breast lift but also plan to become pregnant, it’s advisable to wait until after childbirth and breastfeeding to undergo a mastopexy; pregnancy entails changes in breast size and stretching of breast tissue and can affect the results of your breast lift.
Breast Lift Procedure
The specifics of your breast lift procedure will depend largely on your individual needs, but the idea is to lift, tighten and firm your breasts to a more appealing and comfortable position.
Typically, a breast lift involves elevating the nipples and areolas to a higher position then removing excess skin, repositioning breast tissue to a higher profile and reshaping the breast skin for a naturally contoured appearance. For women who have smaller breasts that have lost volume, breast implants may be used in conjunction with a breast lift to achieve consistent, pleasing results.
Breast Lifts and Scarring
During your personal mastopexy consultation, Dr. Vaughn will discuss with you in detail your breast lift options as well as all potential complications and side-effects, including scarring.
Unlike breast augmentation, in which the breast implant insertion scars are concealed, the incision scars from a breast lift will remain visible on the breasts, and the extent to which they fade varies from patient to patient. While many women find the tradeoff for a more youthful look and feel to be worth it, residual scars are an important consideration.
If you would like to learn more about breast lifts and other breast enhancement options, please contact the Greenwood, South Carolina, office of Piedmont Plastic Surgery by calling (864) 605-3151 or completing our form to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ted Vaughn. We are pleased to serve patients in Greenville, Anderson, Columbia, and Laurens, South Carolina, as well as Augusta, Georgia.