Vertical Mastopexy

Multiple factors can adversely affect the appearance and quality of a woman’s breasts, causing them to droop, lose elasticity, lack their original firmness, and change shape. The causes of sagging (“ptosis”) can be one of, or a combination of, these things: the unavoidable aging process, pregnancy, nursing, excessive weight loss, gravity, and genetics.

Breast lift surgery (“mastopexy”) is a cosmetic procedure that will correct the problem of droopiness, as well as the unwanted loss of elasticity, firmness, and defined contour. There are multiple mastopexy methods that can be used for a breast lift, as each one is designed to improve a particular extent of breast ptosis, from mild to severe.

vertical mastopexy lift before and after photos 1The vertical mastopexy method, also referred to as the Lejour Technique or “lollipop” technique, is useful for patients with Grade 1 and Grade 2 ptosis. Grade 1 ptosis is where the nipple is at the inframammary fold or slightly below. Grade 2 ptosis is where the nipple areolar complex is one to two centimeters below the fold. Some patients may do well with combined augmentation mammoplasty with saline or silicone gel implants placed either under the muscle or above with a vertical mastopexy, a breast lift technique that entails the skin to be removed circumferentially around the nipple areolar complex as well as in a vertical plane.

These patients therefore do not need to have the inframammary incision and skin removed along the fold which could lead to increasing scar for the Wise-pattern. Most importantly, the breast lift should be catered directly to the amount of lift necessary for the patient’s breast.

vertical mastopexy lift before and after photos 2Trying to reduce scarring may lead to an inadequate or a sub-optimal result if there is skin laxity along the inframammary fold. Board Certified Plastic surgeons who are specialists in breast augmentation, breast revision and breast lift surgery will be able to determine the amount of skin that must be removed in order to recreate a nipple areolar complex into the center of the breast and reposition it appropriately and safely. Vertical mastopexy is similar to the Wise-pattern technique; however, they do not have the inframammary fold component as seen with the anchor scar. Patients who have Grade 2 ptosis and a significantly large implant placed under the muscle, may not require the inframammary scar and may do well with a vertical mastopexy alone.

Dr. Linder will assess the prospective patient's breast condition and learn of her aesthetic goals and concerns during the consultation, prior to his decision regarding which mastopexy method is the best solution for providing optimal results. Patients will also find out if they qualify for breast implant surgery.

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Beverly Hills OfficeStuart A. Linder, M.D., F.A.C.S., Inc.

Phone: (310) 275-4513
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