A mastopexy is a surgical procedure that has been designed to correct breast sag. This procedure lifts the breast into normal position and repositions the nipple areola at an appropriate level. The procedure can be performed in combination with either breast reduction or breast augmentation.
Breast lift surgery is associated with high levels of satisfaction. The exact procedure depends upon the patient’s aesthetic goals and physical examination. Depending upon the severity of the breast sag, several treatment options exist.
In cases of mild breast sag the excess skin and sag can be treated with a donut mastopexy. The procedure removes and tightens the excess skin around the areola. This leaves a scar at the junction between the areola and surrounding tissue.
In more severe cases of sag, a lollipop incision can be utilized to deal with excess skin. This leaves a circular incision around the areola with a vertical extension that extends to the inframammary fold. When extreme sag is present, excision of excess skin requires not only a vertical incision, but an incision transversely in the inframammary fold as well.
It’s important to remember that every woman with breast sag is unique. Their anatomic starting points and aesthetic goals are always different. Any patient considering breast lift surgery should consult a board certified plastic surgeon. After careful analysis an appropriate treatment plan can be formulated.