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Breast Lift Surgery

Breast lift Can Provide a Big Lift To Your Appearance.

Women often pay a price for weight loss, nursing and the relentless pull of gravity. The medical name for it is Mammary ptosis, but in plainer English it's called "sagging breasts."

This sagging condition can occur in any size breast, even the smallest. The lost elasticity can cause a loss of self esteem, regardless of a woman's age. Restoring a more youthful bust line is easily accomplished with a Breast lift performed by Board Certified Chicago Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A. Ross of the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute located in Chicago, Oak Brook , Naperville or Arlington Heights, Illinois.


Restoration of a more youthful breast shape can be achieved through a mastopexy (breast lift). Sometimes mastopexy (breast lift) can be achieved by a breast augmentation alone. In other cases, the breast is fashioned through a tailoring of the skin within the breast to create a new skin brassiere. Usually this includes the removal of wrinkled skin, elevation of the position of the nipple, and creation of a more firm, youthful breast.


The procedure begins with a series of drawings made by the surgeon on the morning of surgery. These determine the new position of the nipple and exactly how much skin needs to be removed to create a new skin brassiere. Unevenness between the breasts can be corrected at this time. The procedure usually lasts between two and four hours, and is often performed under a general anesthetic. After surgery, a light dressing is applied and a postoperative brassiere is often used. The dressings are usually removed the next day and normal activities can be resumed within 1-3 weeks. In most cases, patients return to work at one week and can resume working out by three weeks.

There are three common incision patterns:

- Around the areola

- Around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease

- Around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease

Other Procedures Performed by Dr. David Ross:


Breast Lift with Implants/Augmentation - The Breast Lift with Implants are for patients who have droopy breasts with inadequate volume; a combination commonly scene in women following pregnancy.


Vertical Breast Lift - A Vertical Breast Lift is describing a lift that results in a scar that encircles the areola. There is a second scar that runs from 6 o'clock on the areola vertically down to the fold; hence the name, Vertical Lift.

Benelli Breast Lift - The Benelli Lift otherwise known as a Periareola Lift describes a lift accomplished by removing a circle of skin around the areola. The resulting wound is gathered around the areola with a purse string stitch which creates the lift.

Lollipop Scar - A Lollipop Scar is another way of describing the scar that results from a Vertical Lift. The circular portion joined by the vertical scar resembles the outline of a lollipop.

Anchor Scar - An Anchor scar refers to a lift that results in a scar pattern that resembles the anchor of a boat. There is a circular scar around the areola; a second scar that begins at 6 o'clock on this circular scar and runs down to the fold; and a third scar which follows the curve of the breast fold. 

Laser Bra Lift - The Laser Bra lift is a technique that is designed to increase the longevity of the breast lift by utilizing the skin that normally would be discarded during the lift surgery as an internal bra.

Crescent Breast Lift - The Crescent Lift is performed by excising a moon shaped or a crescent shaped area of skin just above the areola. The repair of the subsequent defect lifts the breast and results in a final scar that runs from 9 o'clock to 3 o'clock on the upper edge of the areola.

Uneven Breasts/Asymmetrical Breasts/Problem Breast Surgery - For women who have more than a normal breast asymmetry (such as a cup size difference between the two it is possible to correct this. Depending on the exact nature of the difference, a breast reduction, lift or augmentation may solve the problem.

Before You Elect to Undergo Mastopexy, Have All Your Questions Answered:


The following are questions most frequently asked by patients considering Mastopexy or Breast Uplift. While this brochure can clear up the basic questions, it is not a substitute for a personalized consultation with a surgeon at our center. To have all your questions answered, we suggest that you schedule a personal consultation with Board Certified Chicago Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A. Ross of the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute located in Chicago, Oak Brook, Naperville or Arlington Heights, Illinois.

1. What Is a Mastopexy?

It's an operation designed to uplift sagging breasts for a more youthful looking bust line.

2. How do I know I'm a candidate for an uplift?

If your nipples point downward or hang below the level of the fold under your breasts (the inframammary fold), you can benefit from uplift surgery. There are also more subtle forms of breast ptosis (or sag) that might lend themselves to uplift. A consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A. Ross will help resolve this question. Dr. David A Ross is located at the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute in Chicago Oak Brook, Naperville or Arlington Heights, Illinois.

3. How is uplift surgery performed?

By three basic techniques, depending on the condition of the breasts.

The first technique, called a "tuck", is used where maximal uplift is needed. You can demonstrate the effect by pinching together the skin beneath the nipple on the undersurface of your breast. Notice how both the nipple and breast are raised. Basically, this is what a surgical "tuck" accomplishes by removing the "pinched" skin.

The second technique, utilizing a Breast Implant, is for those breasts that require less uplift. To accomplish this, a breast implant is inserted under your breast to lift it up to the proper elevation.

The third technique combines the tuck and the Breast Implant. The choice of technique must be decided after consultation with Board Certified Chicago Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A. Ross.

4. Will any scars be visible?

Yes. But scarring is lessened if the Breast Implant is feasible. In the tuck technique, scarring encircles the nipple, extends to the inframammary fold and along this fold for a variable distance. Implants require a 1'/z" to 2" incision in one of three locations: the lower nipple border, the underarm or the inframammary fold.

5. Will my breasts be larger after Mastopexy?

On the contrary, most uplifts can be done by utilizing the tuck approach which will produce a small decrease in the size of your breasts. However, since Breast Implantation produces minimal scarring, many women choose this method and accept larger breasts to achieve uplift. Again, the proper decision requires consultation.

6. What cause breasts to sag?

The three most common causes are: pregnancy, weight loss, and gravity aided by aging.

7. Will I need hospitalization?

No. Mastopexy is easily performed on an outpatient basis. Dr. David A. Ross performs the procedure at the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute here in Chicago, Illinois.

8. Is there any post-op pain?

Surprisingly, very little, especially when the tuck technique is chosen. More discomfort is encountered if a Breast Implant is needed.

9. How long are bandages worn?

Usually overnight. The next day, you'll return to the Chicago Center to be fitted for a supportive brassiere which should be worn during the healing process,

10. When can I go back to work?

Usually seven to ten days after your operation, except for physically demanding occupations.

11. When can I exercise again?

Usually in 3 to 4 weeks.

12. Are there any potential complications?

The skin tuck procedure involves very little, if any, risk.


Risks and potential complications are uncommon with mastopexy. The most common problems are sensory abnormalities and some firmness, which is temporary in the scarring. An alternative form of mastopexy is termed concentric mastopexy, and this may result in some unevenness around the areola. This too, is temporary. Serious complications such as hematomas, infections, and skin loss are incredibly uncommon.


Though the above description of Breast Lift Surgery (mastopexy) is accurate, it is also incomplete. The best way to determine that you are a candidate for Breast Lift Surgery (mastopexy), form of Breast Lift Surgery and the Breast Lift cost is to Schedule a personal consultation with Board Certified Chicago Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A. Ross of the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute located in Chicago Oak Brook, Naperville or Arlington Heights, Illinois. That way, your specific anatomical requirements and aesthetic desires can be discussed with Chicago Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A. Ross. A plan can then be made on how to improve the appearance of your breasts.