Mastopexy is an operation designed to lift a sagging breast to a more youthful, perkier position. Some women experience extensive breast enlargement during pregnancy, which subsequently subsides following delivery (post-partum breast involution). In addition to the postpartum loss of fat tissue, swelling can cause the skin to stretch and sag, resulting in ptosis of the gland and nipple-areolar complex. No amount of exercise will re-tighten this skin. The type of scars that result from this operation can differ for each patient, and largely depends on the extent of excess skin that is present. In general, the scars heal well and fade significantly over the first year after surgery. A mastopexy operation must be tailored to the needs of each individual patient. This can range from a simple crescent mastopexy (to give the nipple a very small amount of lift) in combination with a breast augmentation, to a circum-areolar mastopexy(i.e. donut), to a vertical mastopexy (i.e. lollipop) to a full Wise-pattern mastopexy (i.e. anchor) as pictured above. Mastopexy can also be performed following massive weight loss as well as in conjunction with nipple reduction surgery.
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