Taking the Sag Out of Your Breasts

Breast Lift San Diego, CAThere are many things ganging up to keep your breasts from staying high on your chest. The gain and loss of weight during pregnancy stretch the tissues. Breastfeeding reduces volume. Aging, genetics, and the everyday pull of gravity. One day you wonder how low your breasts may go.

To regain a more youthful breast profile, Dr. Kearney can perform a breast lift.

What is a breast lift?

A breast lift is clinically known as mastopexy. The surgery returns the breasts to a higher position on the chest. The goal of the procedure is to remove excess, stretched skin and to tighten the surrounding tissue to reshape the breasts and support the new contour.

Would a breast lift help you?

It’s rare for any woman not to have some sagging as the years pass by. For women who have had children, especially if they’ve breastfed, it’s almost guaranteed. For women with last nipple/areolar complexes that have begun to point downward, a breast lift can change things.

A breast lift is a way for women who are happy with their breast size to simply return the breasts to a higher position on the chest, firming them up. But some women opt to also increase their size with augmentation done in conjunction with the lift.

How are breast lifts done?

Dr. Kearney can use a couple of different methods for breast lifts. If overall sagging is minimal, but the nipple area is large and sagging, Dr. Kearney will use a concentric lift. Here the incision is made around the nipple-areolar complex. This method may include some minor liposuction if the breasts are very fatty.

A standard breast lift involves a larger incision. This incision runs around the nipple/areola and runs vertically downward to the crease at the bottom of the breast. From there the incision runs outward horizontally in each direction. This incision is colloquially known as an “anchor” incision. Dr. Kearney uses the standard method for cases with more sagging and where more excess tissue needs to be removed.

A combination of the two procedures can be used as well. This creates what is known as a lollipop incision.

Interested in taking the sag out of your breasts? Call Dr. Kearney at 858-677-9352 and schedule a consultation for a breast lift.

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