The effects of aging and pregnancy can result in downward movement of the breast tissue and sagging of the skin. There may also be an increase in the size of the nipple or in the skin around the nipples. These conditions are rarely corrected by breast implants alone. Some patients may be satisfied with their breast size; however, they desire a more "uplifted" or "perkier" appearance. These conditions are easily addressed by a procedure called mastopexy or breast lift.
Using this procedure, the surgeon re-shapes the breast tissue to a new and a more desirable shape. This procedure also re-positions the nipple and areola to a higher location. Even without the use of an implant, the breasts are often more rounded and full-appearing due to the repositioning of the tissues.
Individuals who have lost a large amount of weight may also develop sagging of the breasts. In these patients, the same technique is employed to reduce the amount of excess skin and restore a more uplifted and a natural appearing breast.
Other patients may be concerned the size of their breasts. Large, heavy breasts can cause neck, back, and shoulder problems. They also interfere with the fit of clothing and may be a source of embarrassment. The breast lift procedure may also be modified to include removal of a significant amount of breast tissue to alleviate symptoms. Many times, the more extensive scars usually needed for a breast reduction can be minimized. For patients who desire an improved breast shape or smaller more youthful size, mastopexy and breast reduction can be excellent choices.