The NaturaBra® breast lift technique
After spending years in the lab perfecting it, Dr. Alizadeh finally introduced the NaturaBra breast lift procedure in 2004 at the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons. He then followed up at the Plastic Surgery Research Council and a 5-year update report at the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
The NaturaBra technique consists of making small incisions between the nipples and the breast crease, resulting in a triangle-shaped flap of skin on each breast. This flap, which stays intact, so it continues to receive its vital blood supply, is gently rotated and placed within the breast to form an internal bra that is designed to support the woman's breasts for the remainder of her life.
The inner bra, which remains attached to the rib cage for stability, works like an internal support hammock for the breast. This NaturaBra® method also eliminates the need for additional incisions on the breast, making it one of the most natural-looking and virtually scarless breast lift techniques available.
Once the incisions are closed with absorbable sutures, the whole breast is lifted in a safe and secure fashion. The nipple and areola are raised to a more youthful height. At this time, overly large areolas can be reduced by extracting skin from their perimeter.
A regular breast lift approach
With a regular breast lift approach, three possible incisions can be made:
- Circumareolar Mastoplexy: incisions that are made exclusively around the areola (also referred to as the “donut” breast lift)
- Circumvertical Mastoplexy: vertical incisions around the areola that go down to the breast crease (also referred to as a “lollipop” breast lift)
- Wise-Pattern Mastoplexy: incisions made around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and horizontally at the breast line (also known as an “inverted-T” breast lift)
After the incisions are made, the underlying tissue can be lifted and reformed, enhancing the texture and definition of the breasts. Just like with the NaturaBra® breast lift treatment, the nipple and areola are raised, and the areolas can be decreased in size if necessary.
In contrast to the NaturaBra breast lift, a Mastoplexy does not achieve long-term results, as the tissue will eventually start to sag again.
Scarring and risks
After the treatment is completed, the treatment areas heal, and visible scars form. The color of these scars fade over a period of several months to a year, starting out as red and fading to pink, then white.
Breast lifts come with many of the risks that other surgeries do, like infection, excessive bleeding, adverse reactions to anesthesia, unfavorable scarring, and others. Other risks that are unique to breast lifts include:
- Loss of feeling in the nipples or breasts. This usually reverts back to normal after a few weeks, but in some cases, it may be permanent.
- Asymmetry of the breasts or irregularity of size
- Interruption of blood flow to the treated region during the breast lift, resulting in loss of the areola
- A reduction in milk supply for breastfeeding