Have you noticed your breast nipples have fallen? Perhaps beast feeding, age, weight loss, or just genetics have left you with nipples that have fallen just too low. If you are concerned about the way your breasts look and wonder if you need a breast lift (called a mastopexy), than read on to see if this is something that can be fixed.
One way to find out if you need a breast lift is to do a pencil test. You place a pencil below the breasts in the fold. If the pencil stays there while you’re standing, you may need a lift. It’s not the most reliable test, but it’s a good start.
Another technique that doctors use to determine if you need a lift is to measure from the clavicle to the nipple. It this measurement is greater than 25 cm (10 inches), then you most likely will need a lift.
A beautiful breast has its nipple pointing forward. The Nipple areola complex (pigmented area) is centered in the middle of the breast mound with a slight tilt upward. Most breasts like these do not need a lift. However, it they are too small and the woman wants them bigger, a breast augmentation can be performed to enhance her beauty.
When the breasts sage excessively, called ptosis, the medical classification of the types of ptosis are based on where the breast tissue fall below the fold made by the breasts over the chest skin. This is called the IMF, or InfraMammary Fold, or the “fold”. The types of ptosis are rated 1 to 3 degrees. In a 1st degree ptosis, the nipple is at the level of the fold.
Sometimes a woman might think that her nipples fall too low because her breasts are excessively large. However, this is not always the case. The nipple may be just at the level of the fold, as noted above. This is still considered a 1st degree ptosis. In either case, normally a breast lift, called a mastopexy, is indicated.
As the amount of ptosis progresses, the nipple falls more, as does the main amount of the lower breast tissue. Once the nipple fall below the fold, this is considered a 2nd degree ptosis. Most of the time, there still is much breast tissue below the nipple and the nipple still points forward. However, in order to correct this, a breast lift is necessary. In addition, of mor upper volume for the breast, an implant is recommended too. This will result in the best result for most women.
As the breast tissue falls, the nipple progressively points downward until it is at the lower part of the breast tissue, pointing down. This is called a 3rd degree ptosis, and requires more expertise in lifting, especially when an implant is placed to improve the upper volume of her breasts.
The position of the lower tissue of the breasts is very important. Some women think their breasts sag too low because much of the lower breast tissue falls below the fold. However, the nipple may not have fallen below the fold. In this case, there really is no ptosis, but is call pseudoptosis, or false ptosis. Many times, just an implant with an augmentation can enhance these types of breasts very adequately.
If you have further questions regarding any of the above conditions, or you are wondering if you need a lift, please come in for a complimentary consultation to see how we can help you achieve your desires. We can help you have that beautiful breast, with the nipples pointing forward, fullness at the top of the breasts, lifted breast tissue, and an enhance appearance and shape of your breasts.
Look at some of our examples of a few breast lift surgeries. Notice that the breasts are lifted with nipples pointing forward. If an implant is used, fullness in the upper part of the breasts enhances the breast appearance greatly. Either silicone or saline implants can be used for this purpose. Moreover, the procedure can be performed while the patient is asleep, or while awake in many situations. Either way, the breasts can be sculptured to look like beautiful breasts, and the nipples don’t fall too low anymore.