Breast Lift [ Mastopexy ]
Who It Is For
According to Towson, MD, plastic surgeon Michael D. Cohen, MD, a breast lift is for the woman whose breasts droop too much. “She’s inherited that tendency, lost a lot of weight, or she’s experiencing post-pregnancy sagging,” he explains.
You may be an ideal candidate for a breast lift, if you have these conditions:
- Sagging breasts that lack firmness
- Nipples that have begun to point south rather than straight ahead
- Multiple pregnancies
- A lifetime of weight fluctuation
- Age-related breast sagging
In addition, surgeons grade the degree of breast sagging, and Seattle plastic surgeon Phil Haeck, MD explains that the level of ptosis (the medical term for drooping) may dictate your breast lift options. “It all comes down to where your nipple falls in comparison to your breast crease.” You can see how you stack up by standing sideways in front of a mirror.
- GRADE 1: Your nipple is above the breast fold. Often an implant alone may be able to give you a subtle lift.
- GRADE 2: Your nipple is at or slightly above the fold. This level of sagging may require inserting an implant, removing excess skin or repositioning the nipple—or a combination of these approaches.
- GRADE 3: Your nipple is beneath the breast crease. If an implant is going to be used, excess skin must be removed and the nipple must be repositioned.