Mastopexy (Breast Lift)
Dr. Eberbach performs over 300 breast surgeries each year, many of which are breast lifts. A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is very common in women who have lost weight, had children, or are more mature where gravity has taken it’s toll on. One easy way to figure out if a lift is needed is simply by looking at your profile in the mirror. If your nipple falls below the crease at the bottom, you probably need a breast lift. Nipple position tells the story.
So what exactly is a breast lift? A breast lift addresses sagging and uneven breasts, decreased breast volume and drooping nipples, recreating a youthful shape and lift to your breasts. A breast lift raises the nipple by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. It is quite common that patients will also get implants along with the breast lift to add more volume, size and shape.
Dr. Eberbach usually performs a full breast lift in under 90 minutes, the procedure is done under general anesthesia. A breast lift is an outpatient procedure where patients are able to go home an hour or so after surgery. There are four types of breasts lifts that Dr. Eberbach performs. The crescent, donut, lollypop, and the wise pattern lift. Dr. E usually determines the type of lift that will be best for the patient after examining them at their complimentary consultation.
When to Consider a Breast Lift
- Pregnancy, nursing, gravity, weight gain or loss, normal aging, and heredity have taken a toll on the shape of your breasts, resulting in sagging
- If Dr. Eberbach thinks that breast implants alone are unlikely to achieve the contour you desire
- If the tissue surrounding the nipple or areola has become stretched
Do I Need a Lift?
- Does your nipple sit below the bottom crease of your breast?
- Does your nipple point downward?
- Has the skin at the base of the breast stretched out or is there too much skin from nipple to crease?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then you probably need a breast lift.
Types of Breast Lifts
The Wise Pattern or “Anchor” Lift: Corrects Extensive Sagging and Reshapes the Breast
The wise pattern lift is the most common lift that Dr. Eberbach performs. When a patient has extensive sagging a wise pattern lift tends to give the best long term results. This lift allows Dr. E to remove excess skin and sagging tissue giving the patient a higher nipple and perkier breast. This technique involves 3 incisions: one around the edge of the areola, an incision vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, and one along the inframammary fold, hidden in the breast crease. Those incisions allows Dr. Eberbach to reduce the nipple to crease length while raising the nipple and narrowing the breast. Don’t freak out, with proper after care, scars fade quite nicely over time. Most of the photos in our gallery are only 5 week post-op, the incisions will continue to fade.
Vertical or “Lollipop” Lift: Corrects Moderate Sagging
A lollipop lift is very similar to a wise pattern lift but does not have the incision at the crease of the breast. A lollipop lift involves 2 incisions: one around the edge of the areola, and one running vertically from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold, creating a “lollipop” shape. This lift is good for patients who do not have a lot of extra skin from nipple to crease.
Peri-Areolar or “Donut” Lift: Corrects Mild Sagging
Patients who are experiencing mild sagging, yet still will benefit from a breast lift, are often good candidates for a donut lift. The incision for this lift runs around the edge of the areola, and like the crescent lift, is commonly performed in conjunction with breast augmentation. This lift is not right for women who have more extreme sagging or larger areolas.
Crescent Lift: Smallest Lift/ Minimal scarring
Dr. Eberbach performs a crescent lift on patients who are getting a breast augmentation and have nipples that are just a little low. This lift involves a small incision running halfway around the top half of the areola along the edge. Dr. Eberbach removes a small crescent shaped piece of skin above the areola to bring the nipple/areola up about 2-3 centimeters. A unilateral crescent lift is very common when a patient has one nipple that is a little lower than the other. A crescent lift can be done at the same time as a breast augmentation or at a later date as an in office procedure.
NEW Internal Bra Mesh
Dr. Eberbach has brought the newest innovation in breast lifting to the Tampa Bay area. Galaflex mesh goes in conjunction with a traditional breast lift or breast lift with implants to help results last longer. During the procedure, Dr. Eberbach will insert the oval shaped mesh material into the lower part of the breast, and then suspend it to the chest wall (near the breastbone) to provide a natural sling that lifts the breasts. The mesh will naturally dissolve over time, prompting the body’s own ability to grow connective tissue around it to create an additional layer of support. While time and gravity can’t be stopped, GalaFlex helps slow it down. This extra layer helps with aging and gravity so results can be maintained longer. LEARN MORE