BREAST LIFT (MASTOPEXY) UNDER LOCAL ANESTHESIA
Many patients after significant weight loss or pregnancy develop loss of breast volume, especially in the upper portion. In addition, the skin may become loose or the nipple may drop below the inframmamary fold (where the breast tissue attaches to the chest wall). In these cases, typically a breast implant is used to restore volume and shape to the breast and a breast lift is then performed to reposition the nipple and remove the excess skin.
One of the most common consequences of this surgery is bottoming out of the breast tissue. This means the skin below the nipple stretches and the patient develops elongation of the distance from the nipple to the inframmamary fold. For this reason, I try to keep this distance as short as possible, anticipating it may stretch in the future. Once this happens, typically an anchor (inverted T incision) lift is required to reduce the distance and tighten the skin in all directions. Since this procedure involves removal of skin only, it can be performed under local anesthesia, resulting in faster recovery and less expense to the patient.
Michael A. Jazayeri, M.D. is a board certified plastic surgeon with over 12 years of experience. His office is located in Orange County, California. To schedule a complimentary consultation, please call 714-834-0101.