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
There will be scarring visible where the incisions are made. Over time, the scar color should fade to pink and then to white. This scar lightening will take several months up to a year after surgery.
Like any surgery, a breast lift comes with the risk of bleeding, infection and reactions to anesthesia. Other risks include:
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation. While sensation typically returns within several weeks, some loss of feeling might be permanent. Erotic sensation typically isn't affected.
- Irregularities or asymmetry in the shape and size of the breasts. This could occur as a result of changes during the healing process.
- Partial or total loss of the nipples or areolae. Rarely, the blood supply to the nipple or areola is interrupted during a breast lift, which can damage the breast tissue in the area and lead to this outcome.
- Difficulty breast-feeding. While breast-feeding is usually possible after a breast lift, some women might have difficulty producing enough milk.