Over time, the effects of pregnancy, physical activity, weight changes, and other factors have an inevitable impact on the shape and position of a woman's breasts. Breasts that were once firm and perky begin to droop and lose volume. Triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Albert Chow performs breast lift surgery at his San Francisco practice to help women regain their youthful breast contours along with lasting self-confidence. Dr. Chow has the experience and training required to provide outstanding results with many different styles of breast surgery.
The Breast Lift Procedure
At his practice in San Francisco, Dr. Chow performs breast lift surgery, technically called mastopexy, as an outpatient procedure accompanied by a board-certified anesthesiologist. Dr. Chow carefully removes excess skin and tissue and then molds the breasts into the desired shape, repositioning the nipples as necessary. As a result, breast lift patients emerge from the procedure with firmer, tighter, more youthful looking breasts that perfectly complement their natural body contours.
Women who would like to enhance the size and shape of their breasts may need to combine breast lift with breast augmentation to achieve their desired results.
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Whether you are considering a subtle change or a more dramatic enhancement, Dr. Chow's results will inspire you.
Breast Lift Techniques
Dr. Chow has mastered a number of specialized breast lift techniques to meet the unique needs of each of his patients. Certain techniques require fewer incisions, while others allow for dramatic aesthetic improvements.
Crescent Areola Lift
When performing a crescent lift, Dr. Chow removes a crescent-shaped area of skin from above the areola, and then lifts the areola into place and closes the incision. For patients with only minor breast drooping, a crescent areola lift offers an attractive combination of excellent results and minimal visible scarring.
Circular mastopexy, also known as a Benelli or doughnut lift, involves removing a circular or doughnut-shaped area of skin from around the areola and then stitching the remaining skin into place. With a circular mastopexy, Dr. Chow is able to conceal incisions in the line between the skin of the breast and the areola, where the resulting scars are very difficult to see.
Vertical Lift (Lollipop Lift)
Dr. Chow also performs minimal-scar vertical breast lifts. This approach is also called the lollipop lift because it involves a circular incision around the areola with a vertical line extending down to the breast crease. As a result, there is no need to make an incision underneath the breast, meaning that the patient experiences less scarring and a faster recovery.
Inverted T (Anchor)
In the inverted T or anchor approach to breast lift surgery, Dr. Chow makes an incision around the areola, down to the underside of the breast, and along the crease where the breast meets the chest. With this surgical technique, Dr. Chow can produce the most thorough transformation possible with a breast lift. It is appropriate for women suffering from significant drooping and loss of volume.