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What is a mastopexy?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
A mastopexy is simply a "breast-lift." The three main types of mastopexies are: 1) periareolar lift or crescent lift 2) Vertical mastopexy or lolli-pop lift 3) Formal mastopexy also known as an "anchor scar." The function of the mastopexy is to elevate the nipple-areolar complex and tighten the breast. The type of lift depends on the extent of breast ptosis. Grade1- nipple at the inframammary fold (periareolar lift) Grade2- nipple 1-2cm below the inframammary fold (vertical lift) Grade3- nipple is greater than 3cm below the fold (formal lift-anchor scar).

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