Breast Lifts

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Is a Breast Lift Right for You?

Childbirth, nursing, gravity and weight loss can all have dramatic effects on the shape and position of a woman's breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. Breast lifts are commonly performed on women in their 30's, 40's and 50's, but we have performed the procedure on younger and older women as well.

The best candidates for mastopexy are healthy women who are realistic about what the surgery can accomplish. Many women seek mastopexy because pregnancy and nursing have left them with stretched skin and less volume in their breasts. However, if you are planning to have more children, it is best to postpone your breast lift.

While there are no special risks that affect future pregnancies (for example, mastopexy usually does not interfere with breast-feeding), pregnancy is likely to stretch your breasts again and offset the results of the procedure.

Dr. Connall has a wide range of experience with a number of operations to lift your breasts, customizing the procedure based on your unique characteristics and desires.

Breast Lifts can be performed through an incision around the areola only; around the areola and with a short vertical incision; or with an incision around the areola, vertical incision, and an incision hidden in the lower breast fold.

The choice of procedure depends on the severity of your case and the aesthetics you wish to achieve.

If you desire a lift as well as an increased size and upper breast fullness, a combined mastopexy and augmentation can be performed. Each of the mastopexy techniques can be combined with a breast augmentation. Learn more about each approach in combination with augemtation:

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But, as always, we don't expect you to make this decision alone. When you see us for a consultation our team will review this information with you and help you become informed and confident in your choice of implants.

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Areolar lift design
Areolar lift design

illustration of circumareolar lift

This example of a circumareolar breast lift shows the circular pattern of skin that is removed around the areolas. The skin is then tightened around the areolas like a "purse string" and the breasts are lifted and the areolas are repositioned in a higher location.

Areolar lift after surgery
Areolar lift after surgery

illustration of circumareolar lift after surgery

This drawing shows a circumareolar breast lift. For the first few weeks after surgery, the skin is very puckered around the areolas.

Side view of areolar lift
Side view of areolar lift

illustration of side view of circumareolar lift


Here, in side view, is a breast shortly after circumareolar breast lift. The breast is tight and the skin is puckered around the areola.

Side view of areolar lift settled
Side view of areolar lift settled

illustration of side view circumareolar lift settled

After fully healed, the puckering around the areola resolves, and the skin loosens and the breast settles into a soft, natural appearance.

Vertical lift surgery
Vertical lift surgery

illustration of vertical lift

The central breast skin is removed in a "key-hole" pattern. The deeper layers of the breast are usually sutured together to shape the breast. The areola is slid into a higher position and the skin is sutured closed leaving a

Vertical lift results
Vertical lift results

illustration of vertical lift early recovery

The breasts appear natural and youthful after the vertical breast lift has healed and the breasts have softened and settled.

Note the "lollipop" shaped scars around the areolas and down the center of the breasts.

Inverted - T lift
Inverted - T lift

illustration of inverted-t lift

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.  After removal of the skin, the areola is slid into a higher position and the surrounding skin is wrapped around the breast tissue and closed with dissolvable sutures under the skin. This technique is used in moderate to severe cases of breast ptosis.

Inverted - T final closure
Inverted - T final closure

illustration of inverted-t lift early recovery

This inverted-T breast lift illustration shows the final skin closure and the breast shape after surgery.

During the first few weeks after surgery, the breasts are very tight, swollen and perky.

Inverted - T lift after surgery
Inverted - T lift after surgery

illustration of inverted-t lift final results

This figure shows the results of an inverted-T 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.

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