Many women come to our clinic for plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, requesting a breast augmentation, when in fact they need a mastopexy or breast lift. How to know what surgery each patient needs?
When a patient comes to the office wishing to improve the shape of his chest, the first thing we do, in Renovaren Clinic, is an aesthetic diagnosis of the breast, exploring the shape of the chest to analyze whether or not there is chest sagging.
We say that there is sagging of the breast, when the areola is at the same level or below the submammary groove. When this situation occurs, we would talk about breast sagging or breast ptosis, and a mastopexy or breast lift should be done.
However, when the areola is above the submammary fold, we will say that the patient does not present chest sag, so it would not be necessary, in that case, to add a breast lift. Only by adding volume, we could improve the aesthetic appearance of the breasts.
To differentiate if what we need is a mastopexy or a breast augmentation, it is essential to consult with the plastic surgeon. This, in the examination of the patient, will tell us if there is sagging of the breast and to what degree. The degree of sagging is found by analyzing the position of the areola with respect to the submammary groove. In addition, in that consultation, it will be necessary to see to what degree that breast has gone down due to the passage of time due, pregnancies, etc.
In the case that the areola is at the same height of the submammary groove or below it, we would consider doing a mastopexy or breast lift, in addition to increasing the volume if necessary. While, when the areola is above the submammary groove, it is not necessary to add a breast lift.