Breast Lift Chicago
Breast lift is not a procedure done in a cookie-cutter fashion. It is
tailored each time to the anatomy of the patient and their wishes for size.
There are a number of variations in breast lift incision style depending on the amount of excess skin, whether an implant is going to be used and how significant is the stretching of the
To simplify the discussion of breast lift we going to talk about elements of the breast, the mound or gland itself, and the nipple areola complex. The goal for the mound is to make it firm and shapely. The wisdom for experienced plastic surgeon is that the ‘foot print” of the breast is set in, few things can alter it. But if the tissues are loose and soft imbricating them will make them more shapely and firm. The goal for the nipple areola complex is to be of an appropriate size ( If it was stretched over time) and to be resting on the most projecting point of the mound.
In breast lift there is always a scar around the areola. In this scar allows reduction of the size of the areola if needed, and allows for a limited elevation off the nipple.
Sometimes, an incision around the areola is all that is needed. Sometimes, a vertical incision from the areola done in a “lollipop design” is needed and rarely an “anchor” shaped incision similar to what is done in breast reduction will
be required. If
Assessment of the patient involves:
1. Evaluation of the inframammary fold.
2. The distance between the nipple and the inframammary fold.
3. The distance between the clavicle and the nipple.
4. The amount of overall stretching, skin quality and whether the patient wishes augmentation or not.
5. How soft and loose the breast tissue is and amenable to correction is it
Based on all of these factors, a recommended plan of treatment is formulated.
Frequently, a drain is placed to decrease the amount of bruising and swelling and it is removed at 24 or 48 hours. Nipple sensation is preserved and the breast reaches its final shape at about two months from the surgery.
Severe breast ptosis. Areola to inframammary fold distance 12cm (5cm normal). After: One year post-op. 285 cc implant was placed on the left. 300 cc implants was placed on the right. Scar around the areola with a small vertical component. No inframammary scar.