Breast Lift Houston
The look, feel, and shape of the breasts play a big part in the feminine appearance. For many women, the breasts can undergo numerous changes with age. Often, these changes can be unwanted. There are many factors that contribute to the shape of the breasts. With aging, pregnancy, and fluctuations in body weight, the breasts can stretch and develop sagging. If you are one of many who are looking for a way to rejuvenate the appearance of your breasts, you may be a candidate for a breast lift.
A breast lift, technically known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that lifts and revitalizes the shape of the breasts. The procedure raises the profile of sagging breasts in an effort to create a more proportionate bust. Generally, the procedure focuses on the nipple-areola complex to ensure that the functionality and sensitivity are preserved for lactation and breastfeeding.
One of the common issues that lead to patients wanting a breast lift is called breast ptosis. Breast ptosis, or breast sag, is a condition where the suspensory ligaments and skin envelope of the breasts have stretched and weakened. There are number of ways this can happen.
The most common cause is simply gravity. Over time, the skin has a natural tendency to lose elasticity, the aspect of the skin that gives it the ability to bounce back after stretching. Skin eventually stretches due to the pull of gravity. Women with larger breasts are more prone to breast sag because of the breasts’ size and weight. Hormonal and physiological changes during pregnancy for breastfeeding can also lead to breast ptosis. In post-menopausal women, aged skin is more prone to stretching.
Breast ptosis is measured on a four-grade scale, from mild to severe. Mild ptosis is categorized by the nipple drooping below the inframammary fold but still above the lower half of the breast. Moderate ptosis is when the nipple is still above the inframammary fold but the lower area of the breast droops as well. When the nipple descends below the inframammary fold, it is categorized as advanced ptosis. The most severe form of ptosis is when the nipple droops far below the inframammary fold.
When planning a breast lift, every consideration is taken to preserve the functionality of the breasts. Each procedure is tailored to the specific needs and body type of the patient.
Generally speaking, there are three types of surgical techniques used to remove excess breast tissue. The first involves circular incisions around the areolae. Another technique involves a keyhole-shaped incision that goes around the areola and vertically downwards towards the breast crease. A more extensive technique involves making an incision around the areola, down towards the breast crease, and horizontally along the breast crease.
Excess tissue is removed and the breast is reshaped. The nipple and areola are repositioned to fit the new proportions of the breasts; during this phase, large or stretched areolae may be reduced as well. The incisions are closed with sutures and other surgical adhesives.
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