Breast Lift: What Is a Breast Lift?

The Greek word “ptosis” means fall, so ptosis simply refers to an organ sagging. Don’t worry – breast ptosis is not a disease. It is simply a term for sagging breasts. All breasts, large or small, can be affected by breast ptosis… Fortunately, it is possible to remedy this. Would you like to have your breasts be firm and shapely again?

Correction of Breast Ptosis
Breast ptosis, a condition characterized by sagging breasts, is corrected by a surgical procedure known as a breast lift or mastopexy. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and its purpose is to reposition the mammary gland and the nipple, so that the nipple is higher than the fold of the breast (around 5 cm). Depending on the severity of ptosis, the plastic surgeon can remove excess skin and occasionally reduce the diameter of the areola.

The breast lift procedure can be done alone or in conjunction with:

  • Breast augmentation: Breast lift on implant
  • Breast reduction: Correction of hypertrophic-ptosis (large sagging breasts)

Each case of breast surgery is unique. Before the procedure, the plastic surgeon will discuss with you your motivations and objectives and conduct a clinical examination to verify the degree of sagging breasts and skin tonicity.


Who Is a Candidate for a Breast Lift?

Breast ptosis can be caused by various factors:

  • Pregnancies
  • Nursing
  • Weight loss
  • Heredity
  • Aging
Breast lift surgery is for women of all ages, young and not so young, who would like to improve the shape of their breasts. The characteristics of breast ptosis are the following:


  • Nipples under the fold in the breast
  • Nipples pointing to the ground
  • Soft breasts whose outline or curve is not harmonious


Breast asymmetry (one breast is up while the other is sagging) can also be corrected with mastopexy. The procedure is then performed only on the sagging breast.

Results
While final results vary from one person to another, a breast lift really helps reposition the breasts in an esthetically pleasing and lasting manner. The size of the incisions will depend on the excess skin to be removed and the severity of the ptosis. Of course, the plastic surgeon will do everything possible to minimize the number of scars and their length. However, for minor ptosis, it is possible to perform a periareolar breast lift (around the areola), leaving only a slight, nearly invisible scar.

Dr. Gilles Beauregard, a renowned plastic surgeon at Centre de Chirurgie Plastique de l’Île-des-Sœurs, successfully performs breast lift procedures to correct breast ptosis. For more information on this treatment that could solve your problem of sagging breasts contact us.

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