Breast Lift in Tampa, Palm Harbor, Clearwater & Largo, FL
If you feel you have lost the youthful, supple appearance of your breasts, a procedure called mastopexy, or breast lift, can be performed to raise and re-shape your breasts.
Changes can occur to a woman’s breasts over time, causing them to lose their youthful appearance. There are many factors that can cause breasts to sag, including pregnancy and breastfeeding, fluctuations in weight, aging, and hereditary factors. Although Breast Lift Surgery can be performed at any age, Board Certified Tampa Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Isidoros Moraitis, recommends waiting until breast development has stopped. Other factors, including pregnancy and breast-feeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts. Nevertheless, many of Dr. Moraitis’ patients from Tampa and Clearwater decide to undergo breast lift surgery before having children. They feel that they can address any subsequent changes later, because the milk ducts and nipples are left intact with Breast Lift or Mastopexy Surgery, so it typically does not affect your ability to breast-feed.
Breast Lift Procedure
Individual factors and personal preferences will determine the specific technique selected to lift your breasts. Breast lift Surgery in Palm Harbor will raise and firm your breasts by removing excess skin, tightening the surrounding tissue to provide support and a shaplier breast contour, as well as reduce the size of your areolas. Many of Dr. Moraitis’ Breast Lift patients in Dunedin and Largo desire to enlarge their breasts at the same time as they are lifted, by performing Breast Augmentation with implants in conjunction with their lift.
Breast Lift Surgery, or Mastopexy, alone or in conjunction with Tampa Breast Augmentation, is one of the most commonly performed procedures by Dr. Moraitis. This surgery is outpatient and typically takes 2 to 3 hours, depending on the type and extent of lifting.
Where are the incisions placed?
There are several variations to the placement of incisions for Breast Lift Surgery. Your examination by Dr. Moraitis to evaluate the size and shape of your breasts, as well as the extent of sagging will define the best techniques for your lift.
A common method of Breast Lift Surgery performed by Dr. Isidoros Moraitis involves two incisions. The first incision is made around the areola while a second incision runs vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast. This method is known as a Circumvertical, Keyhole, or Lollipop Incision Lift because the shape of the incision mimics the shape of a lollipop or keyhole.
For some patients who require narrowing of the breasts for a more appealing breast contour, a Full Mastopexy also known as an Anchor or Inverted-T Mastopexy is necessary. With this technique, the incisions are similar to those of a Lollipop Mastopexy, but require a third incision which runs horizontal beneath the breast and follows the natural curve of the breast crease. This type of breast lift is the most versatile version, able to address large amounts of dropping of excess skin.
Crescent Mastopexy, also known as Half-Moon Incision, is commonly used in conjunction with a breast augmentation to give the minor lift needed for patients with only slight ptosis, or sagging of the breast. This incision is used for inserting a breast implant by removing a crescent-shaped piece of tissue above the areola and re-suturing the tissue in a higher position. This technique is also great for those with mild breast asymmetry to result in perkier breasts with significant upper pole fullness.
Benelli Mastopexy, also known as a Donut or Circumareolar Mastopexy is also commonly performed by Dr. Moraitis in Tampa. Patients with mild ptosis, or drooping, of the breast may benefit from this specialized technique. A Benelli Breast Lift involves removing a donut shaped piece of skin around the areola, tightening the remaining breast skin and reshaping the breast contour. This technique has many advantages, including less noticeable scarring, and faster recovery and healing time.
Cosmetic Consultation in Palm Harbor
A cosmetic consultation with Dr. Moraitis to discuss your options for Mastopexy Surgery in Palm Harbor, FL can help you decide if it is right for you. During your consultation, your cosmetic wants and goals will be discussed with Dr. Moraitis, and a unique plan will be fashioned to meet those goals.
For more information on Mastopexy Surgery or to schedule a consultation at our Palm Harbor plastic surgery practice, please contact us by calling (727) 219-9168 today or by completing our contact form to request a personal contact from our office. We would love to hear from you!