Breast Lift surgery
To lift or not to lift?
There are many reasons womens breasts are different shapes including,
weight gain or weight
loss, aging, pregnancy, hormonal changes, breast deformity as well
as genetics. In evaluating a patients need for a breast lift Dr.
Corbin addresses several issues: overall breast shape, nipple location,
amount of excess skin, amount of sag, elasticity ofthe breast skin and
the best location on the breasts for the least amount of scarring.
If a womans breasts are sagging no amount of exercise, laser
treatments, breast firming gels or creams or push up bras are proven to
permanently lift the breasts. The only permanent way to lift breasts
is with breast lift surgery.
The goal of Breast surgery is to give each patient the best result possible.
If a patient would benefit from a breast lift with their augmentation
and doesnt have one they will only have a larger version of the
breasts they started off with. A breast augmentation alone only
makes the breasts larger it does not lift the breasts.
Breast Augmentation without a lift performed
by another surgeon. Dr. Corbin corrected the appearance
of the patients breasts by replacing the breast implants
and lifting the breasts with a Binelli mastopexy.
We have seen many patients over the years that thought or were told by
surgeons that breast implants would make droopy breasts perkier and more
youthful appearing. This is simply not true. The weight of breast implants
will only make droopy breasts droopier and not lift anything.
Patient who wanted Perkier breasts only.
Her first surgeon told her that breast implants give her perkier breasts.
All she ended up with was larger droopier breasts.
Dr. Corbin improved the appearance of this patients breasts
by removing the breast implants and performing a breast lift.
Also, a breast lift alone will not change the amount
of breast tissue a patient has naturally, it will only reshape the breast
and or reposition the nipples.
Breast lift without implants
If a patient wishes to have larger perkier breasts they may want to include
an augmentation with their breast lift surgery.
Detailed mastopexy with breast implants
Many patients ask the breast expert, Dr. Corbin, how they can evaluate
their breasts before their consultation to determine if they need a breast
lift. We have put together a basic check list for patients which may help
to determine whether a breast
lift is right for them.
Breast Lift Checklist
1. One or both of your nipples
2. One or both of your nipples are at or below your breast crease.
3. Your breasts lack a pleasant shape and firmness.
4. Your breast skin is loose and sags and the nipples are at an undesirable
location on the breasts.
5. Your breasts size is good, but they are pendulous and their shape
and nipple location could be improved.
6. You have a breast
7. You have had children and or breast fed and noticed changes
in breast shape, skin tone, firmness and the nipple location.
8. You have had weight
loss and have skin laxity and nipples at or below the inframammary
9. If you want your nipples higher on the breasts.
10. You want your breasts to be Perkier.
11. If one of your nipples is at a different height than the other and
a lift is need to correct the difference.
You may be a candidate for a breast lift if you meet any of the
If you checked off one or more of the 11 points from the checklist and
you would also like to increase your breast size you may be a candidate
for a breast
lift with augmentation.
If you have not checked off any of these 11 points and you just want to
increase your breast size, you may be a good candidate for an augmentation
Our patient care coordinator Dee has found after interviewing thousands
of breast surgery candidates that if they cant go bra less in a
halter top, or strapless summer T-shirt these are some of the patients
who benefit from breast lifts.
Breast Lift Surgery Options for the best results
At Dr. Corbins
office there are many breast surgery options to give you the prettiest
breasts. Dr. Corbin can perform any type of breast lift. He generally
evaluates each patients anatomy and surgery goals to determine which
breast lift will give the patient the best results. Dr. Corbin
performs crescent lifts, Binelli
breast lifts, circum
areolar breast lifts, Lajour
breast lifts, Spair
breast lifts or inverted
T breast lifts. In evaluating each patients need Dr. Corbin tries
to suggest a plastic surgery procedure that will give each patient maximum
lift with minimal scarring.
If a womans breasts are very droopy and the nipples are at or below
the breast crease it is very likely that they would benefit from a circum
vertical breast lift. The saggier the breasts and the lower the location
of the nipple or nipples the more detailed the breast lift should be.
Circum vertical mastopexy
Not all Plastic Surgeons are created Equal
Not all Surgeons perform the many different breast lift
techniques. Beware of the too good to be true surgery options.
The majority of the breast lift revisions we correct from other surgeons
work is usually due to the patient needing a major breast lift and the
surgeon only performed a minor breast lift procedure to try and correct
the breast ptosis.
One of the most important aspects of a patients consultation is
the surgeons physical examination and evaluation of the patients
surgical needs. For example, a patient who has droopy breasts with nipples
at or below the breast crease would not benefit from a crescent lift only.
If a crescent breast lift is performed on this type of patient, minimal
to no breast lift can be expected and because the incision is at the top
of the nipple areolar only, generally the nipple will be pulled up slightly
and the weight of the breasts can cause the nipples to be misshapen and
or to become enlarged and stretched out.
Constricted Breast Deformity
Also for patients with various natural breast deformities like constricted
breasts the diagnosis must be recognized by the plastic surgeon prior
to surgery. Initial diagnosis is important for a number of reasons. First
so the patient can be informed of the deformity. Second, so the surgeon
can educated the patient on the corrective surgery procedure. And third,
if the constricted breast diagnosis is not made before surgery, and the
proper reconstructive surgery is not done, the shape and unattractive
appearance of the breast deformity may look worse after surgery. Patients
with constricted breasts are not candidates for breast augmentation alone.
If a plastic surgeon inexperienced in this diagnosis fails to recognize
the appearance of one or both constricted breasts and fails todo a liftthe
patient will not have an attractive surgical outcome.
An Accurate Evaluation + An Experienced Plastic Surgeon
= Beautiful Breasts
A better candidate for the crescent lift is a patient who
has nipples at different heights and needs a slight lift on one nipple
to match the other nipple height or a patient who would benefit from a
slight nipple lift on both sides.
crescent lift on one nipple
Sometimes women who have had pregnancies and or breast fed
have pseudo ptosis where there is a lot of extra skin, less breast tissue
and nipples that sit above the breast crease. These women may also be
good candidates for crescent breast lifts with breast augmentations to
restore fullness to the breast and give them a more youthful appearance.
pseudo ptosis crescent lift
The best way to determine which breast
enhancement surgery will create the most beautiful
breasts for you is to be evaluated by a board certified plastic surgeon
who is experienced in all the different types of breast lift techniques.
When booking your personal consultation with Dr. Corbins office
please let our staff know if you think you are a candidate for a breast
lift. This may add a little extra time to your consultation. Our goal
is to give you the most accurate, and informative information on the latest
surgery techniques. We take great pride in educating you about the breast
procedure that will give you the beautiful breasts you desire.
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