BREAST LIFT (Mastopexy)

 Background
 Patient Groups
 Patient Concerns and Planning
 Classification of Ptosis
 Preparing for Surgery
 The Operation
 Recovery
 At Home
 Office Visits and Follow-up
 Outcome and Complicationsn
 Case Histories (Before and After)


CLASSIFICATION OF BREAST PTOSIS (BREAST SAGGING)
Minor Ptosis
The nipple is at the level of the lower breast fold. Fig. 1.


Moderate Ptosis
The nipple is located below the level of the lower breast fold but above the breast contour. Fig. 2.


Major Ptosis
The nipple is below the level of the lower breast fold and below the breast contour. Fig. 3.




Glandular Ptosis
The nipple is above the breast fold but the breast contour has dropped below the nipple. Fig. 4.


Pseudoptosis
The nipple is above the breast fold but the breast has minimal volume and has dropped below the nipple. Fig. 5.


Constricted Breasts with Variable Position of the Breasts More Side to Side or Up and Down
The breasts can commonly take off from the chest more laterally and have a large space between, have a tight lower fold where the breasts tip over, and when the breasts are large, they are usually long and pear shaped or even tubular in shape, and can exhibit the most severe ptosis. Fig. 6.


Nipple-Areolar Hypertrophy with Constricted Breasts
The nipple and areolar platform is very large in comparison to the breast contour and the breasts are usually far apart. Fig. 7.


Asymmetric Breasts with Any of the Above Deformities
The breasts can be of unequal size, one large and one normal, one small and one normal, both small and abnormal, or large and abnormal, having a different height of take off from the chest and location from the center of the chest. The breasts don't fit side to side in a bra and often cannot accommodate a single cup size. Fig. 8.