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Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Another type of breast enhancement surgery frequently performed by Dr. Lowenstein is the breast lift, or mastopexy. The breast lift operation is performed for patients who feel that their breasts are too low on their body. This breast form can come about for a number of reasons.

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Reasons for Drooping Breasts

  • Some patients are born with longer breasts that droop from a young age
  • Pregnancy alone can cause breasts to enlarge and then droop after childbirth
  • Breast feeding can cause breasts to remain engorged for some time, stretching tissue and causing drooping afterward
  • Weight loss can cause deflation and drooping of breast tissue

No matter what the reason for a drooping breast, enhancement by a skilled plastic surgeon can restore an attractive breast appearance with or without the use of a breast implant. Sometimes a breast implant is all that is required to improve a small amount of drooping, and in some cases a procedure without the addition of any volume works very nicely. Incisions for breast lifts can vary with the degree of lifting needed, the use or absence of a breast implant, and the preference of the patient.

FAQs: Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

What is a Benelli breast lift?
A Benelli breast lift is also known as a peri-areolar or purse string breast lift because the only incision and scar is found around the areola.  This breast lift is best for women that need a mild to moderate amount of breast reshaping, as the amount of lifting that can be performed with this small incision can be limited.  That said, the peri-areolar breast lift is the lift most often used by Dr. Lowenstein when combining a lift and breast augmentation with a breast implant.  Though most often breast augmentations do not require breast lifting, it is the Benelli breast lift that Dr. Lowenstein favors when some lifting is required.
What is a vertical breast lift?
The vertical breast lift represents a breast lift that includes a vertical incision that extends from the bottom of the areola down toward the inframammary crease.  This breast lift is also known as a “keyhole” mastopexy because the incision pattern looks like a keyhole. Because of the addition of an incision in the vertical plane, more skin can be re-arranged and removed with the vertical breast lift than the periareolar lift.  In patients requiring a breast lift but not an augmentation, the vertical mastopexy provides Dr. Lowenstein with an excellent option in optimizing the breast shape for many Santa Barbara patients.
What is a Weiss pattern breast lift?
The original means of doing a breast lift was the Weiss pattern, or “anchor” breast lift as the incisions for this breast lift involve the peri-areolar incision, the vertical incision, and another incision along the underside of the breast in the inframammary fold (IMF).  The addition of the incision in the IMF plane adds yet another means to remove redundant tissue and re-arrange drooping breast tissue.  In patients with severe breast drooping, this Weiss pattern breast lift can allow for amazing results and a really significant change in the shape of sagging breasts.