Less Invasive Alternative to Breast Lift?

I have stretch marks, some freckles/brown, spots/wrinkles after having my son, and would like to do something less invasive than Breast Lift.

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Mastopexy Is Likely To Produce Best Result

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It’s virtually impossible to make a specific recommendation without additional history, a physical examination or pictures.Unfortunately, clinically significant breast sag usually always requires surgical intervention.This usually always requires some type of mastopexy surgery.

A mastopexy is a surgical procedure that has been designed to correct breast sag.This procedure lifts the breast into normal position and repositions the nipple areola at an appropriate level.The procedure can be performed in combination with either breast reduction or breast augmentation.

Breast lift surgery is associated with high levels of satisfaction.The exact procedure depends upon the patient’s aesthetic goals and physical examination.Depending upon the severity of the breast sag, several treatment options exist.

It’s important to remember that every woman with breast sag is unique.Their anatomic starting points and aesthetic goals are always different.Any patient considering breast lift surgery should consult a board certified plastic surgeon.After careful analysis, an appropriate treatment plan can be formulated.It’s important to understand that for the majority of patients, correction of this problem requires some type of surgical intervention.

Breast lift and laser treatments

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Surgery is the only thing you can do to make your breasts perkier. For your discoloration, you can try laser treatments or peels (both are nonsurgical).

Options instead of Breast Lift?

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The solution depends on what you are asking for.  The equation for droop is too much skin, not enough breast tissue. This is treated with an implant, and/or taking away skin, (Mastopexy). Exercises, pills, creams, meditation, etc; will not correct the anatomical abnormality. If it is discoloration, there may be treatments.  Best to see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. He/she will evaluate your situation. Together you will come up with an appropriate plan for you.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation Vs. Breast Lift for Skin Sag

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A patient is considered a candidate for a breast lift if there is significant laxity of the breast skin and subsequent drooping.There are various degrees of breast lifts depending on the amount of sag present and the need for elevation of the nipple and the areola (the areola is the darker skin surrounding the nipple).The least invasive breast lift would require an incision around the edge of the areola.If more skin needs to be removed then an additional incision is normally made between the areola and the underlying fold of the breast.Sometimes an incision is also required in the fold of the breast.The degree of scarring will depend on the amount of sag that needs to be treated.

Small amounts of breast sag can be treated with a breast implant.In this situation, the breast is made fuller and some lifting is achieved and the incision is much small and less obvious than those normally associated with a breast lift.

If the definition of invasive is less scarring, then an augmentation would be the best alternative to correct the sag, provided the degree of sagging is small.

John J. Edney, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Ultimate Breast Lift is an alternative technique for lifting breasts

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There is a new technique that has been developed for women who are afraid of the standard Weis, anchor, le jour, short scar, etc. that do not provide upper pole fullness, have no longevity, and have unsightly visible scars. I am guessing this is why you are shying away from a lifting procedure. The Ultimate Breast Lift was developed using a background in engineering to best solve the effects of gravity on breasts. There is NO VERTICAL scar. Incisions are hidden around the areola and in the natural crease of the breast mound. Breasts are high and perky giving the appearance of implants. Your own tissue is reshaped into a cone that is then attached permanently to your chest muscles to help prevent droopiness. Unlike your standard techniques that rely solely on the skin envelope to hold the breast in place; this technique provides a solid support for your breasts. It's worth looking into.

Best wishes,

Dr. Horndeski

Gary M. Horndeski, MD
Texas Plastic Surgeon
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Breast surgery options

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A photo would be very helpful to determine what possible options would be best for you depending on what results you would like to achieve. A large enough implant could provide somewhat of a lift for you, however, to remove some stretchmarks and provide a perky and fuller look, a  breast lift procedure may be beneficial for you. There are different lifting procedures involving less invasive incisions. Some women would like to reduce the size of the areola as well and so we use a "donut" incision which provides a very limited lift. A "lollipop" incision involves a vertical scar as well. The most invasive lift involves an "anchor" lift which requires a horizontal incision under the inframammary fold.

For information regarding breast lifting, please check out and compare before and after photos of patients. Although the scar will never dissappear, it will fade over time and I am very careful to make a nice fine line incision which will give you a longer lasting result if you need a lift. I highly recommend consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss all possible options with you. Good luck!

The different options in breast lift surgery

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Patients today have many different options in breast lift surgery. If you have some sagging of the breast and breast skin changes such as stretch marks, a small mastopexy may be the best option. This mastopexy may be performed through a periareolar incision that will leave a small scar around the perimeter of your areola. If you have additional skin or breast tissue that needs to be lifted, this scar may be accompanied with a small vertical line at the lower portion of your breast. This second surgery is common called the lollipop surgery. To determine which option is best for you, be sure to be evaluated by a board-certified plastic surgeon who is very familiar with the many different options in breast lift surgery.

Breast lift alternatives

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There are no specific alternatives to performing a breat lift without performing surgery and removing loose skin, raising the nipple and milding the breast tissue.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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It depends on your goals

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If you want your breasts to be perkier without implants, some form of a breast lift is your best option. If you are interested in an implant you may not need a lift. The best course of action is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgero so you can get a first hand idea of what all of your options are.

Dr Edwards

You may not need a breast lift.

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In New York City, we do breast lifts only when women have significant saging. That's not what you are describing, so you may well not need a breast lift.

I don't know what to recommend without seeing you. Many women develop "empty" breasts. But the bad news is that stretch marks -- in general -- cannot be removed.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

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