A breast lift is commonly performed in women who desire firmer and more youthful looking breasts. Many women complain of increased sagginess of the breast and nipple that has occurred with age or after child-birth. Breast lifts can be performed alone, in combination with breast implants, or during breast reduction surgery. A candidate for surgery may also complain of droopy nipples, loss of breast volume, or breast asymmetry.
Goals of Surgery:
- Reduce Breast Sagginess
- Raise nipple position
- Reduce areolar size
- Improve breast symmetry (size, shape)
- Increase or decrease breast volume
Mastopexy is performed to restore the youthfulness of your breast size and shape. This is often highly dependent on the quality of your breast skin. During your consultation, ask Dr. Karamanoukian about procedures to improve the skin of your breast and chest. The goal of mastopexy is a firmer breast with increased projection and improved shape.
The areola is a central anatomic component of the female breast. With age, the size of the areola may become enlarged, leading to a size mismatch between the native breast and the areola. In most cases, the areola loses symmetry and may become eccentric and elongated.
During your consultation with Dr. Karamanoukian in his Los Angeles plastic surgery office, the areolar dimension will be measured and compared to the contralateral breast. The measurements of the breast, including breast width, nipple position, eccentricity, and other important anatomic parameters will also be made. The degree of breast ptosis, or droopiness, will also be assessed by Dr. Karamanoukian. These measurements will help determine whether an additional corrective breast lift should be performed at the same time as the areolar correction.
Areolar reduction is a safe procedure that does not readily compromise the breast tissue, nipple sensitivity, or breast shape. It can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia. In minor cases, it can also be performed as an outpatient office procedure under local anesthesia. The surgery is designed to provide increasing symmetry to bilateral breasts or to provide a more aesthetically pleasing shape or dimension to the breasts.
Dr. Karamanoukian is a dedicated plastic surgeon and will discuss your options for areola reduction during your consultation. The surgery involves excision or removal of redundant areolar and/or breast tissue using standard plastic surgery techniques. The pattern of excision and suturing may vary from patient to patient depending on the degree of breast droopiness and the overall quality of the breast skin.