A breast lift is a surgical procedure designed to raise the breasts higher on the chest. During pregnancy or following significant weight fluctuation, the resulting breast enlargement may lead to stretching of the overlying skin. The skin thins and permanently stretches to accommodate the increased volume, but after childbirth or weight management the breast loses volume, but the damaged skin envelope does not shrink, leading to sag.
Once the breasts begin to droop, the skin stretches, and the breast tissue sags. During a breast lift, a surgeon will recontour a patient’s bust by lifting her breasts to a higher position on the chest, tightening the breast tissue, and removing excess skin.The shape of the breast will be conified. In addition, the size of the nipple-areola complexes may be is reduced, and the nipples repositioned, so they face slightly upward on the breast mound without affecting their sensitivity. With a mastopexy, a surgeon can help the patient attain a normal appearing breast mound with a smaller nipple-areola complex, as well with nipples that face forward, providing the patient with shapely, firmer, more youthful looking breasts.
The Potential Effects of sagging breasts (ptosis) on a woman’s life
Many women who have ptosis are dissatisfied unhappy with their appearance the way they look, which has led to a decrease in their level of self-confidence levels. Due to their drooping breasts, these women may be unable to wear the clothes they love and might even avoid wearing bathing suits. Since they do not feel desirable, these women may also avoid intimacy.
How a Breast Lift Can Improve a woman’s life
A breast lift can restore the confidence a woman feels about the appearance of her breasts before her breasts began to droop. Due to her restored self assurance, she will feel comfortable wearing the V-neck tops now sitting in the back of her closet. She will be able to head to the beach in her favorite swimsuit without a second thought. Since her breasts look more youthful and feel firmer, she feels sexier. Now that she feels desirable, more intimate encounters with her partner are likely.
Who Should Consider Having a Breast Lift?
If your bust droops or your breasts sag, you should consider a breast lift. Also, if your breasts are not as firm as they used to be, you may be an excellent candidate for a mastopexy. It is important to note that a breast lift will not increase the size of your breasts. If you want to increase the size of your breasts, the procedure you should consider is breast augmentation (breast implant surgery) which can be performed at the same time. If you would like to reduce the size of your breasts, a breast reduction is the procedure of choice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Good candidates for a breast lift are at a healthy weight and have no other medical concerns with their breasts. We require patients seeking a breast lift to undergo proper breast cancer screening before surgery.
Most patients find that a breast lift reduces or eliminates uncomfortable excess fat and skin under their arms and the sides of their chest. You will also find that your bras fit better!
Like any surgery, there is a risk of scarring after a breast lift. A crescent lift leaves minimal scarring that is hidden by pigment changes between the skin of the breast and the areola. Other breast lift techniques may leave thin horizontal or vertical scars on the breasts. These scars will fade over time and after one year, should be much less noticeable. The incisions are placed within the bra line.
After undergoing an operative procedure under anesthesia, you will need someone to drive you home from the center and stay with you for 24 hours after the surgery. You should plan to take 2-3 days off work following your surgery. While most patients find the pain to be tolerable, you will still need time to rest post-surgery.
You will wear a compression garment for six weeks and be unable to exercise for the same length of time. During recovery, it is important to sleep on your back or side. Unlike some breast procedures, no drain tubes are necessary after a breast lift.
You will have a minimum of 3 appointments: one appointment a week after the surgery, one appointment 1 month post-surgery, and the final appointment at 3 months after surgery.
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