There are a variety of factors that contribute to sagging breasts. You may experience this as a result of heredity, extreme changes in weight, hormonal changes, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and even just aging. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your sagging breasts, a breast lift may be exactly what you need.
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that can help elevate the breasts and make them appear more youthful by eliminating excess skin and other tissue that have contributed to your breasts sagging. The procedure is designed to give your breasts a tighter and more youthful appearance by repositioning your breast and nipple higher
How to Tell If You Will Make a Good Breast Lift Candidate
There are three common incision patterns for a breast lift. The first is around the areola.
Around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease
Around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease
You will make a good breast lift candidate if:
- You want your breasts to sag less and have a more youthful and uplifted appearance.
- You believe your nipple is too low on your breast and isn’t in an optimal position.
- If you don’t like the skin on skin feeling from your breast skin rubbing against you lower chest
- You are satisfied with the volume of your breasts and are not interested in an augmentation
- You’re in good enough health to have surgery.
- You’re not planning on getting pregnant soon.
- You have realistic expectations about your final results.
The Benefits of a Breast Lift Procedure
A breast lift can enhance your overall figure and provide a variety of benefits, like:
- Correcting drooping breasts
- Restoring your breasts to a more youthful appearance
- Giving you your waist back
- Improving your physical health by making it easier to exercise and prevent skin rashes
- Improving your confidence and self-esteem
What to Expect During Your Breast Lift Consultation
Your journey toward more youthful and uplifted breasts begins with a consultation. During your consultation, your surgeon will assess your needs and discuss your goals. This includes a physical exam of your breasts, nipples and skin, designed to help in determining the optimal height and shape of your breasts, and whether you need additional volume in the form of added fat or a breast implant. Once the goals have been established, it’s time to discuss some options regarding possible incisions and the scars that will necessarily follow. After going through all of this together with your surgeon, he will propose a plan that is ideally designed to address your specific individual needs.
Preparing for the Procedure
Once a surgical plan is developed to make sure you get the best results possible, there may be certain preoperative steps to take before you undergo the procedure. You will have to be ready to make any necessary dietary and health changes suggested by your doctor. If you are a smoker, you will also be advised to avoid any kind of nicotine products for a few weeks before and after the surgery. You may be advised to undergo a screening mammogram as well as have a basic physical exam prior to surgery.
Surgical Techniques for a Breast Lift
The surgical technique used for a breast lift procedure varies depending on your specific needs. Your doctor will analyze the degree of sagging and the shape of your breasts to determine which technique is best for you. There are four types of breast lift techniques:
- The Crescent Mastopexy
- The Periareolar or “Benelli” Mastopexy
- The Vertical Mastopexy
- The Anchor or “Wise” pattern Mastopexy
The procedure that I most commonly recommend is the “Vertical,” or “Circumvertical” which includes an incision around the areola plus a vertical incision for tailoring of the breast and breast skin. The final incision and resulting scar may include extending the incision all the way down to the crease and even under your breast with an incision in the fold.
The extent of the incision depends in part on how sagging your breasts are and how much your breast needs to lifted. A critical decision is whether you want or need additional breast volume. As a general guide, if you are happy with your breast size in a bra, then you don’t need an implant, but if you wish you were larger, then you may need an implant and/or fat grafting. Combining an augmentation with your Mastopexy is called an “Augmentation-mastopexy.” You can find out more about these options during your initial consultation.
Recovering From Your Procedure
The most important aspect of recovery is making sure to follow the post-operative care directions laid out by your Plastic Surgeon.
After the procedure, you may have drains. The drains are intended to remove excess fluids and help keep your body free from excess swelling and possibly other complications.
Contact a Board certified experienced Plastic Surgeon to schedule your breast lift consultation to begin your journey to perkier and more youthful breasts.