Determining Breast Sagging Grade Ptosis (Sag) Do You Have?
Your initial surgical assessment in conjunction with your consultation will include a physical examination to determine the laxity of the skin and degree of ptosis of the breasts. Determining your breast sagging grades of ptosis can be done at home in advance if you are curious. This can be done by placing a ruler under the breasts at the natural breast fold, called the infra-mammary fold. The top edge of the ruler should be at the junction of the breast where it meets the ribcage.
Grade 1 (Mild Ptosis): The nipple is at the same level of the mammary fold, or slightly above the top of the ruler, and is still above the lower pole of the breast.
Grade 2 (Moderate Ptosis): The nipple is 1 to 3 cm below the top edge of the ruler and still above the lower pole of the breast.
Grade 3 (Severe Ptosis): The nipple is 3 cm or lower than the top of the ruler, it is a possibility that you may have Grade 3 ptosis.
Pseudo-ptosis (Pseudoptosis): The nipple is still above the top edge of the ruler, but your breasts appear as if they are sagging due to a prominent, (and sometimes flattened) breast lobe.
Your Surgeon will also discuss the type of Breast Lift Technique for your situation, as well as the choice of anesthesia he prefers for your particular breast lift procedure. Most breast lift procedures are performed under either General Sedation. If you do go under General, your surgeon will need to ascertain a list of all of the medications that you presently take for both the-the surgeon and the anesthesiologist. Please bring a list of all medications prescribed, over the counter or otherwise (and dosage amounts) with you to your consultation.