If childbirth, nursing, weight loss or the hands of time have taken their toll on your breasts, breast lift surgery will revive their appearance and increase your self-confidence.
A breast lift achieves a natural teardrop shape. It eliminates sagging skin, repositions tissue, and improves the appearance of your nipples. The result is a more youthful, sexy appearance that helps you feel great about the way you look.
But are you ready for a breast lift? Read on to learn more about the procedure.
First, What Is A Breast Lift?
Technically called a mastopexy, a breast lift improves the contour of your breasts. The surgery may also make your areolas look smaller and more shapely. However, a breast lift is not an augmentation. The surgery will not make your breasts look larger. In fact, they may look a little smaller since they end up being positioned higher on your body.
If you want larger breasts, you can certainly combine a lift with breast augmentation surgery. For some people, a lift and simultaneous augmentation are necessary to get results. The combination of the two procedures will improve excessive drooping and make the results last longer, especially if you have heavy, large breasts.
Here’s what happens during the surgery. First, an incision will be made on your breasts. It can be made around:
- the areola
- the areola and vertically down to the crease
- the areola and vertically down to the crease, then horizontally along the crease.
Next, the breast tissue is lifted and reshaped. The nipple and areola are moved to a higher, more natural position. Some of your skin may be removed to reduce the size of large areolas. Lastly, excess skin is removed to improve elasticity.
Will I Have Scars?
Yes, you will have scarring as a result of your breast lift surgery. Most breast lift scars can be concealed in the fold. You may have some scarring on the breast and around the nipple, but they will diminish over time.
The Pencil Test
You may have heard that you need a breast lift if you can hold a pencil under the fold of your breast. Nothing could be further from the truth. All breasts — even surgically lifted breasts — have some droop. There are other ways to determine if you’re ready for a breast lift. Here are eight things to consider.
1. Your Nipples Point to the Floor
At one time, your nipples may have pointed straight ahead. Time and gravity cause your nipples to point straight to the floor or even to become hidden in your breast crease. A breast lift can restore your nipples to a more natural position.
2. Your Breasts Have Lost Roundness
Just because you’re happy with the size of your breasts, you may not be satisfied with their shape. If your breasts look pendulous or flat, a breast lift can restore roundness or fullness without changing their size.
3. Your Breasts Change Your Body’s Silhouette
Sagging breasts can alter your body’s contours, especially your profile. If you don’t like the way your body looks when viewed from the side, a breast lift can help.
4. Bras Don’t Hold You Up or In Place
When bras no longer offer support, a breast lift will make it easier to find a supportive device that works. After a breast lift, your bra straps won’t dig into your shoulders, relieving pressure on your skin and joints. The procedure may also help you find clothing that fits better.
5. You Try to Hide Your Breasts
If you avoid looking at your breasts in the mirror or wear clothing and accessories to hide your breasts, a lift will restore your confidence in your body.
6. Your Lifestyle is Suffering
Athletes and people who maintain active lifestyles may want to consider a lift if sagging breasts impact comfort during exercise.
7. You Have Breast Crease Issues
Sagging breasts can cause skin irritation and even yeast infections in the creases of your breasts. Lifting your breasts can eliminate this problem.
8. Your Self Esteem is Suffering
Restoring your self-confidence is the number one reason to get a breast lift. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, this procedure can make you feel better about yourself.
Learn more about breast lifts by contacting us for a consultation with Dr. Weniger today.