A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, places the breast skin and soft tissue into the correct position behind nipple.
This procedure is appropriate for people whose nipple areola complex is lower than normal (breast ptosis). There is also a condition known as pseudoptosis where the nipple may be close to the correct position however the breast tissue behind it has descended to an abnormally low position.
Causes of breast ptosis include pregnancy, significant weight loss, prolonged breast-feeding, or insufficient support of the breasts with gravity taking its effect over time.
If there is ptosis or pseudoptosis, a breast lift will reposition the breast tissue and nipple areola complex into the correct position. A fine-line scar around the nipple can be expected and either a vertical scar running below the nipple or an inverted T-shaped scar with the horizontal portion hidden in the crease below the Breast.
Sometimes the areola becomes enlarged over time, and a breast lift will reduce this as well.