The NaturaBra® breast lift technique
Dr. Alizadeh spent years in the laboratory perfecting the procedure before introducing it first in 2004 at the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, followed by the Plastic Surgery Research Council, and then a 5 year follow up report at the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
Dubbed the NaturaBra®, this technique involves making short incisions from each nipple to the breast crease and creating a triangular flap of skin on each breast. This flap, which remains attached to an essential blood supply, is then carefully rotated and placed inside the breast to form a natural, inner bra that will support a woman's breasts for the rest of her life.
This inner bra, which is anchored to the rib cage for stability and longevity, resembles an internal support hammock for the breast and is the primary reason Dr. Alizadeh has achieved such positive, lasting outcomes. Dr. Alizadeh's NaturaBra® technique also mitigates the need for an extra incision on the breast, which is why many of our satisfied patients call it the most natural and nearly scarless breast lift.
Once he closes the incisions with absorbable sutures, the entire breast is safely and securely lifted. The nipple and areola are repositioned to a natural, more youthful height. If necessary, enlarged areolas are reduced by cutting skin away around their perimeter.
A regular breast lift approach
There are three possible incisions that can be made during the regular breast lift approach:
- Circumareolar Mastoplexy: incisions made around the areola only (also called the “doughnut” breast lift)
- Circumvertical Mastoplexy: incisions made around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease (also called the “lollipop” breast lift)
- Wise-Pattern Mastoplexy: incisions made around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and horizontally along the breast crease (also called the “inverted-T” breast lift)
Once the incisions are made, the underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped, improving the firmness and contour of the breasts. In the same way as is done in the NaturaBra® breast lift procedure, the nipple and areola are repositioned, and the areolas may be reduced as well.
Results of a traditional mastopexy, in contrast to the NaturaBra® breast lift, do not stand the test of time, because the skin and breast tissue, pulled by gravity, eventually sag again.
Scarring and risks
After your procedure, your incisions will heal and become visible scars. The scar color will fade over several months to a year, turning first pink, then white.
A breast lift includes the risks that any surgery does, such as infection, bleeding, reactions to anesthesia, unfavorable scarring, and others. Risks particular to a breast lift include the following:
- A change or loss of feeling in the nipple or breast. Sensation usually returns after several weeks, although in some cases, the loss of feeling may be permanent.
- Breast asymmetry or irregularity of size or shape of breasts.
- Partial or total loss of the areolae or nipples, caused by an interrupting of blood supply to the area during the breast lift.
- Difficulty producing an adequate milk supply to breastfeed.