What Type Of Breast Lift Do I Need?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in a mastopexy/abdominoplasty (mommy makeover) in future years. So that I have an idea about cost, I would love to know the extend of the incisions that I would need, i.e., anchor incision and full vs crescent incision with partial tummy tuck. I am 5 pounds from my ideal weight and still carry quite a bit of weight in my torso. My ptosis is moderate to severe in my mind, but would love an expert’s opinion. Thanks!

A: There are four basic types of breast lifts that vary based on much lifting is needed and the scars that they produce. Without seeing pictures of your breasts, it is impossible for me to say what exact breast lift operation you need. But since you used the term ‘moderate to severe’ ptosis, and patients almost always underestimate what they really need, I will assume that you need a full breast lift. (anchor scars) Also know that few women actually ever have just a breast lift alone unless they already have substantial volume. Breast lifts in general do not create persistent upper pole fullness which most women want when undergoing any breast enhancement procedure. This is why most breast lifts also incorporate the use of an implant at the same time. (augmentation mastopexy) Even if it is a small implant, it provides that retained upper pole fullness that merely lifting up and resuspending the breast tissue on the chest wall that does not.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana