Breast Lift: help for natural or excessive sagging By Dr. Sutton Graham on December 14, 2009

Some women come to us with what they think is a relatively uncommon request, "can you put my breasts back where they were?" It is one of the most common issue we help solve.

Breast lift is a procedure the can be done in many ways, adapted to each woman's requests. Provide more projection, cleavage, upper pole fullness. Restore the nipples to the front of the breasts. Move the glandular tissue back to the upper chest (and off the lower ribs). There a variety of ways surgeons use to accomplish these goals.

As plastic surgeons, we want to achieve the best look and function with the least visible incision scars. All breast lifts leave a scar around the areola (except when a woman's goals can be accomplished by implant augmentation alone - no actual lift). When doing a small amount of tightening of the lower gland, a vertical incision is needed. This may be called the vertical mastopexy, key-hole, or lollipop pattern. When there is even more looseness of the gland or skin, we also remove an ellipse of skin beneath the breast, so that this scar is hidden along the inframammary (under-breast) fold. This scar pattern is called the inverted-T or Wise pattern. The latter is most often used when reducing the size of large, heavy breasts.

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Sutton Graham, MD, FACS is an experienced, trusted, board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast and cosmetic surgery. His practice serves South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.

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Dr. Graham has been performing plastic surgery since 1990. He is dedicated to providing high-quality, personalized treatment, and is affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including:
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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