It is important for a consumer considering mastopexy, or breast lift surgery, to make an informed decision regarding whether it is the right choice for her. She should be sure to choose a surgeon certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, who possesses sufficient experience with the procedure, operates in an accredited facility, and has met all continuing education requirements. Above all else, the surgeon must be someone who she can trust.
Mastopexy includes the following procedures:
- Repositioning the nipple and areola
- Lifting breast tissue
- Removing excess skin
- Breast augmentation
- Breast reduction
There are a variety of different reasons that a woman might have for pursuing a mastopexy. A number of natural events can reduce the natural shape and firmness of the female breast, including pregnancy and breast-feeding, weight gain and loss, aging and hereditary factors, and the simple pull of gravity over time. Mastopexy is used to reconstruct a woman’s breast following a mastectomy, or it may be that a woman has a condition such as tubular breasts which she wishes to have corrected. Or perhaps she is not satisfied with the natural size and shape of her breasts.
A mastopexy used for the purposes of breast augmentation may be used to place breast implants. This is the most popular cosmetic procedure pursued in the United States every year, and it is performed for a variety of reasons, including reconstruction of the female breast following a mastectomy. In contract, breast reduction surgery is used to reduce the size of a woman’s breasts through the removal of excess fat and tissue.
Mastopexy is not a one size fits all procedure for the female breast. It is vital that the wise customer educate herself regarding the full scope and breadth of breast lift surgery.