BREAST LIFT – Mastopexy
Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman’s breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. Breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts – at least, for a time. (No surgery can permanently delay the effects of gravity.)
Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. If your breasts are small or have lost volume – for example, after pregnancy – breast implants inserted in conjunction with mastopexy can increase both their firmness and their size.
While a breast lift does not generally affect breast function, women who are planning future pregnancies should discuss this with Dr. Pound. The changes that occur in the breast during pregnancy can minimize the reverse the improvement a breast lift provides. Likewise, plans for significant weight loss should also be discussed.
For these reasons, good candidates for a breast lift are generally women of normal, stable weight whose breasts are fully developed and who have completed their family.
BREAST REDUCTION – Reduction Mammaplasty
Breast reduction is generally considered a reconstructive procedure and may be covered by health insurance when it is performed to relieve medical symptoms.
Breast reduction surgery can be performed at any age; however it is best performed when the breasts are fully developed. Because significant amounts of breast tissue are removed, breast reduction surgery may impair the ability to breast feed. Changes in the breasts during pregnancy can alter the outcomes of previous breast reduction surgery, as can significant weight fluctuations.