If a woman desires to address breast ptosis, or sagging, through surgery, a breast lift procedure is usually the recommended approach. However, in some cases, breast augmentation surgery can slightly improve the positioning of the breasts in addition to adding volume. An experienced surgeon can determine the best approach for a particular woman based on her goals, preferences, and body type. For this and other types of plastic surgery, the expert to turn to in the Tampa, FL, area is Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Greenwald of Bayshore Plastic Surgery.

As explained by Dr. Greenwald, breast ptosis can develop in varying degrees based on a woman’s age, genetics, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy history. Over time, the skin and support structures of the breast can gradually lose tone and elasticity, and this can be intensified by the effects of gravity and the stretching that result from weight gain and pregnancy. If, in addition to addressing breast ptosis, a woman is concerned about a loss of breast tissue, or breast atrophy, and would like to add fullness to her breasts, Dr. Greenwald can perform a combined breast lift and augmentation procedure to accomplish both goals during one surgical session.

There are several approaches that Dr. Greenwald can take to enhance the appearance of the breasts. For instance:

  • In cases of breast atrophy combined with a mild degree of breast ptosis, breast augmentation can sometimes provide sufficient improvement. Not only will the placement of breast implants increase the size of the breasts, but it can also slightly lift and reposition the breasts higher on the chest wall.
  • To address a moderate level of breast ptosis, Dr. Greenwald will likely need to perform a mastopexy, or breast lift, to remove excess skin and reposition the nipple-areolar complex upward. This can be accomplished through any of three different incision patterns – peri-areolar, vertical, or anchor. The optimal approach will depend on the degree of breast ptosis, the patient’s preferences with regard to scarring, and other individual factors.
  • For a patient who has an extensive amount of excess breast skin and significant breast ptosis, Dr. Greenwald might recommend mastopexy with the anchor incision pattern to lift the breasts and place implants, if desired.

If you’d like to consult with Dr. Greenwald about possible ways to address breast ptosis, he’ll be pleased to meet with you at his clinic in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Greenwald can evaluate your specific needs and objectives, show you before and after images of patients he’s cared for, and help you determine whether breast surgery is right for you. To schedule a personal consultation, call Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 1-888-840-3199 today.