I have a natural 34C. My own breast is soft and very saggy with the nipple at the crease. My skin has lost much of it's elasticity. I would love to have firm breasts again, but do not want implants that have my natural sagging tissue hanging off the bottom, creating an even larger more saggy look. Is it was possible to remove all my nautral tissue, and replace the volume with an implant of the same size C or slightly larger to fill the pocket? Is this too technical of a procedure to request?
Natural Saggy C Cup Breast Tissue "Removal" Prior to D Size Implants? Possible?
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Surgery for sagging breasts.
You have a very common problem that is seen daily in plastic surgeons offices. There really is no reason to remove your natural breast tissue before adding an implant, in fact this will make your result less attractive and lead to a higher incidence of complications. What you need is a breast lift to remove the excess skin of your breast and repositioning of your nipple and an implant to give you the overall size you are requesting. When this surgery is performed correctly your breast will look natural and the nipple will sit on the mound of your breast in a normal position. You do not have to worry about your breasts falling off the implants.
Implants and saggy breasts
The correction for naturally sagging breasts is not to remove the breast tissue, but rather to resuspend and reconfigure the breast tissue while also elevating the nipple to a normal position. This is known as a mastopexy or breast lift. The placement of a breast implant to increase the volume of a breast is may be performed at the same time in select patients. However, if the lift that is necessary is significant, it is often safer to stage these two operations:
- First stage is to reshape the breast and reposition the nipple
- Second stage to place an implant for volume increase
Concerns with performing both of these procedures at the same time is the risk of losing blood supply to the nipple. I recommend you have at least 2 consultations with Board Certified Plastic Surgeons who perform a lot of breast surgery to find out which options are available to you.
Sagging breast fix
Based on the description, you may be a candidate for an augmentation mastopexy. This is a lift with implants and is very common. Skin may be excised around the border of the areola (circumareolar lift), or you may need a vertical lift (often called the lolipop lift). Very saggy breasts require a wise pattern mastopexy. This results in an inverted anchor scar. Your lift may require excision of skin and minimal breast tissue along with placement of an implant in the submuscular plane. In my opinion, the best look is achieved with a frame appropriate implant and a lift. A common request is to place a very large implant in order to lift saggy tissue. As you have implied, this merely results in a large implant that is enveloped by a persistently droopy breast. A picture would allow a more conclusive evaluation. Hope this helps. Good luck
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Breast Lift and Augmentation
It sounds like you would need an augmentation and a lift. During the lift some times there may a be a small amount of breast tissue removed to improve shape and aid in closure of the incisions. Removal of all of your breast tissue is neither recommended or required.
Correcting Breast Sagging with Removal of Sagging Breast Tissue and Breast Implants is NOT a Good Idea
Regarding: "Natural Saggy C Cup Breast Tissue "Removal" Prior to D Size Implants? Possible?
I have a natural 34C. My own breast is soft and very saggy with the nipple at the crease. My skin has lost much of it's elasticity. I would love to have firm breasts again, but do not want implants that have my natural sagging tissue hanging off the bottom, creating an even larger more saggy look. Is it was possible to remove all my nautral tissue, and replace the volume with an implant of the same size C or slightly larger to fill the pocket? Is this too technical of a procedure to request?"
...possible to remove all my nautral (breast) tissue, and replace the volume with an implant of the same size C or slightly larger to fill the pocket? Yes, it is possible but not advisable unless you have cancer or a high likelihood of developing breast cancer.
Breast Sagging is the result of stretching of the ligaments that hold the breast to the chest wall (the Suspensory Ligaments of Cooper) and developing excess breast skin (resulting in a higher ratio of breast skin to breast volume). Unlike a breast implant, your breast will not ripple, leak or need to be replaced. Replacing it should therefore be done as a last resort.
A BETTER option would be to have a short scar breast lift like the Hall-Findlay Breast Lift in which the sagging breast tissue is flipped up and used as an auto-implant and the breast is made perkier by changing the arrangement of the breast itself followed by the removal of the excess skin. Once the breasts are made perkier and lifted, if you need more volume, only then would either fat grafting or a breast implant be called for.
Dr. Peter Aldea
Vertical breast lift will give you firm breasts.
You don't need implants. What you need is a good internal breast lift that does not rely on just pulling skin.
Look up Lejour and Hall-Findlay techniques. They work very well.
Skin Rather Than Tissue Causes Sagging
There is no reason to replace your normal breast tissue with an implant. The sagging you describe is due to loss of elasticity (and an excess) of your skin. An operation similar to that you describe was performed often 20 years ago in women with fibrocystic disease and/or a strong family history of breast cancer and the results were not good. You should be able to achieve the result you seek with a mastopexy with or wothout a small implant.
Saggy breasts and implants
Your description of your nipple position implies that you have significant sagging. Usually this occurs from skin laxity and/or heavy, dense, or condensed breast tissue. Removal of your breast tissue is not warranted. The drooping breast is made "perky" by a mastopexy (breast lift). Most often, an implant is used at the same time to fill out the desired volume at the top of your breast as well as increase your size.
Breast implants in the sagging breast
With loose skin and nipple position at the level of the fold under the breast, a breast lift will be required to raise the nipple and tighten the skin envelope over the implant. Removal of breast tissue is another matter, and the implants will look best if all of the natural breast tissue is present to cover and hide the implant. A proper lift will tailor the skin over the implant and make them look and feel as one.
Best of luck,
How to build a perky breast
You must understand that you skin quality has a lot to do with your current breast shape. Skin that has lost its elasticity allows the breast to fall and sag. Even if all your breast tissue was removed, your skin quality would still be an issue, as your skin would now be supporting the weight of the new implant.
It makes more sense to place implants to get you to your desired size, then do a breast lift at the same time. This will leave more tissue coverage over the implant, which will reduce the risk of implant wrinkling, rippling, and palpability.