Have your breasts begun to sag as a result of age, pregnancy, or weight loss? If so, you may be wondering: “Should I get a breast lift?” Kansas City, MO-area plastic surgeon Matt Chhatre can evaluate your candidacy for breast lift surgery, and help you achieve the results you desire. Breast lift surgery is designed to give your bustline a more youthful, perky look. Dr. Chhatre will listen closely to your aesthetic goals and design a surgical plan to achieve them. To learn more about your candidacy for breast lift surgery, contact us today.
Evaluating Your Candidacy
During your consultation, Dr. Chhatre will listen to your concerns and examine your breasts. He will evaluate your ptosis (the medical term for drooping), and determine its extent. The four grades of ptosis are classified according to the relation of the nipple to the lower crease of the breast (the inframammary fold):
- Mild Ptosis – The nipple is at the same level as the inframammary fold, with most of the breast tissue below it.
- Moderate Ptosis – The nipple lies below the line of the inframammary fold, but still above most breast tissue.
- Advanced Ptosis – The nipple is below the inframammary fold, and points downward with the slope of the breast.
- Severe Ptosis – The nipple is far below the inframammary fold, and points to the floor.
If you are in good health, and experiencing any degree of ptosis, you may be a candidate for a breast lift. The degree of ptosis you are experiencing will determine the type of incisions used during your breast lift.
Breast Lift Types
The goal of all types of breast lift surgery is to lift the nipple higher on the breast, remove excess tissue, and tighten and lift the skin envelope of the breast. Dr. Chhatre will use the fewest and smallest incisions possible to result in minimal scarring. He will help you determine which approach to surgery is best to achieve your goals:
- A periareolar lift is performed using a half-circle incision around the areolae (the colored areas that surround the nipples). Periareolar lift is often recommended for patients who require a minimal amount of lifting.
- A circumareolar lift is performed using incisions that completely encircle the areolae. This type of incision can help achieve moderate lifting, and gives Dr. Chhatre the opportunity to reshape or resize the areolae as well.
- A vertical lift (also known as a lollipop lift) is performed using a circumareolar lift combined with a vertical incision that extends from the areolae to the bottom of the breast. It is used for more substantial ptosis because it allows Dr. Chhatre access to more of the breast tissue.
- A traditional breast lift is also known as an anchor lift. It combines a circumareolar incision, vertical incision, and a third incision along the lower crease of the breast, creating an anchor shape.