Breast lift plastic surgery illustrations
Breast reduction surgery and breast lift plastic surgery are two of the most common plastic surgeries performed throughout the World for cosmetic breast rejuvenation. The breast lift and breast reductions are very similiar surgeries but they are different plastic surgeries. A breast reduction will lift a sagging breast and will also make the breast smaller. This reduction of breast fat and gland along with raising the breast and its nipple and areola are the two most important aspects of a breast reduction. A breast lift will also raise the breast and its components to a higher position but a lift does not necessarily have to make the breast smaller.
So a breast lift and breast reduction will both raise the structures of the breast, but only a breast reduction will make the breast significantly smaller. To complicated things just a bit, during a breast lift some breast tissue and fat can be removed for shape or breast symmetry. So technically speaking a breast lift can also reduce a breast’s volume but it is not to the same degree of reduction compared to a breast reduction. It is this degree of volume reduction via significant breast gland and fat removal that distiguishes a breast lift from a breast reduction.
There are many different techniques used throughout the World to perform breast lift and breast reduction’s. There is no single correct way to perform these two complex surgeries. The techniques illustrated below are the ones used by Dr. Michael J. Brown for the majority of his breast lift and reduction surgeries. These 3-D illustrations were created for Dr. Brown to serve as an aide for a person to understand the steps involved in the breast lift and breast reduction surgeries. These simplified steps are attempting to provide a means for a better level of understanding about breast lift and reduction surgery.
This 3-D rendering is showing the marks for the breast lift surgery or breast reduction. The circular areolar marking is showing the new areolar diameter. The outer markings on the breast are guide lines for the planned skin removal. The highest point of these markings above the nipple and areola (at approximate 12:00 o’clock) is the position that the areola and nipple will be raised or lifted.
This 3-D illustration is attempting to depict what the breast looks like after the outermost layer of the extra breast skin has been removed. The extra areolar skin has also been cut away leaving the smaller sized areola. The remaining deeper skin tissues kind of look like an ‘ice cream cone’. The ‘cone part’ or whiteish part is the deeper layer of the skin that remains. This deeper layer of the skin is called the dermis and it is also the strength layer of the skin. The dermis will be used in the breast lift as a strength layer to sew to. Please note that the nipple areola has not been cut off, it typically remains attached to the breast gland.
The breast gland in this rendering has been separated from the overlying skin. The breast has been undermined along its lower half from the skin and the chest wall. The metal instruments that are seen are called ‘retractors’. These retractors aide in exposing the breast areas to be operated on.
In this image, a stitch has been placed near the bottom aspect of the breast (tip of the ice cream cone) and the retractor is lifting the breast up. The stitch will be sewn onto the chest muscle area in an effort to raise the breast gland and breast mound. This will tuck the breast up under itself and add volume to a higher, fuller looking breast.
This 3-D illustration depicts the higher positioned breast gland. The two sides (pillars) of the breast that are now essentially hanging over the central area of the breast will also be raised. These pillars are rotated towards the middle of the breast and raised as well. The stitch that remains for this illustration is to depict the ‘midline’ of the breast.
At this point in the breast lift, the breast gland has been lifted and reshaped. The sutures have allowed the breast to be narrowed and provide a nice aesthetically shaped breast. With this breast lift or breast reduction, there is also an elevation of the breast crease or inframammary fold to a higher position.
In this final illustration and at this point of the breast lift or reduction surgery, any extra skin will have been cut away and the wounds closed. These are NOT the stitches that are used during this surgery. These graphical stitches are for illustration purposes. There are NO external stitches along the vertical line of the wound (stick of the lollipop), and the circular areolar wound is closed with internal stitches and a rapidly dissolving stitch on the skin. There are no stitches that are required to be removed from a breast lift or breast reduction performed by plastic surgeon, Dr. Brown.
In a breast reduction, all of these steps are very similiar. The main difference is that the lower aspects of the breast after they have been mobilized are cut away. The removal of the breast gland and fat results in the breast reduction. This removing of the breast tissue actually occurs after the second step of these illustrations. It has been placed here to avoid confusion.