What is the definition of a “breast lift”?
Breast lifting is a procedure to lift the breast when it sags as a result of loss of elasticity and lengthening of the supporting ligaments of the breast. These supporting ligaments are called Cooper’s ligaments and they arise from the deep fascia of the clavicle and the pectoralis major muscle behind the breast and they branch through the breast tissue all the way to the dermis which envelopes the breast. Pregnancy, breast feeding, large breasts, weight loss, involutional changes with menopause and aging will cause stretching and loss of the youthful elasticity of Cooper’s ligaments. Sagging breasts can alo be developmental and be associated with features such as a ‘tubular’ breast. Dr. Kirwan has published several articles on breast lifting: