CANDIDATES FOR A BREAST LIFT
Excerpts from The Beverly Hills Shape, The Truth About Plastic Surgery, authored by Dr. Stuart Linder, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, page 128. Candidates for Breast Lift. “Candidates for breast lifts usually include women who have a severe amount of sagginess to their breasts. This usually includes those individuals whose nipples are located below the inframammary fold. The inframammary fold is the crease under the breast and this is a demarcation line when the doctor determines the degree of sagginess. Referred to as ptosis in Latin. Where the nipple lines in relationship the inframammary fold gives us the degree of ptosis. Very severe ptosis with the position of the nipple well below the fold indicates a need for breast lift in which skin is removed both underneath the areolar and along the fold. This is what results in the anchor scar that we have discussed previously. In a breast lift the incision goes around the areola, down in a straight line from the areolar to the inframammary fold and then in a semi-circular line around the fold. This technique allows us to limit the amount of skin removal and hides some of the incision underneath the breast crease.”
In general, breast lifts are very successful surgeries if patients have realistic expectations and are accepting of the scarring. Remember that scarring is unpredictable and is a tradeoff for any breast lift, breast reduction or abdominoplasty procedure. For more on breast lifts, refer back to Chapter 13 of The Beverly Hills Shape, The Truth About Plastic Surgery.