A mastopexy, or breast lift, can work wonders for breasts that have begun to look less-than-buxom.
Unlike augmentation and reduction, which change the size of the breasts, this procedure repositions existing breast tissue for a perkier appearance.
There are many reasons why bosoms change over time. No matter the cause, a breast lift can be extremely beneficial for recontouring breast tissue that has shifted due to weight fluctuations, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or simply due to the passage of time.
If your breasts are looking a little lower than you’d like, this surgery can make quite a difference in your appearance, self-esteem, and quality of life. Breast lifts help to create a more youthful appearance and can increases one’s clothing options – so you can break out that fitted dress you couldn’t fathom putting on before.
For those with sagging breasts, exercise can include back and neck pain, as well as chafing. Breast lifts remedy this by refining the shape and symmetry of your breasts.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the popularity of mastopexy has grown by 70 percent since the year 2000, proving that many patients are giving gravity the cold shoulder.
If you’re considering a breast lift, you’ll want to seek the advice of a specialist board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
What to Expect
Keep lines of communication open with your doctor and be realistic about what results to expect.
Today, there are many techniques used for breast lifts; your surgeon will help you select which is right for you.
One of the most common reasons for a breast lift is to adjust the size and direction of the areolae – the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple. If your nipples and areolae point downward or are enlarged, the weight of your breasts may be (literally) bringing you down.
Try a test to see for yourself. Remove your bra and slide a piece of paper underneath your breast so it sits under the breast crease. If your nipples fall below the top edge of the paper (indicating they fall below your breast crease), you may be a good candidate for a breast lift.
There are different breast lift techniques to choose from, depending on the severity of your drooping.
Surgeons usually stick with a crescent lift for those with minimal sagging. However, this procedure is usually overlooked for the more favorable, “lollipop” lift – a nod to the shape of its incisions. The lollipop lift is ideal for eradicating excess skin (possibly left behind from weight loss).
The next step up is an anchor lift, which leaves behind some visible scarring, but produces outstanding results for those with particularly pendulous breasts.
Should you want to also increase breast size, you can ask your doctor about a breast lift with augmentation to simultaneously address both issues.
If you’re looking for a lift, reach out to the experts at Atlantic Center of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Essie Kueberuwa Yates focuses solely on surgical procedures of the face, breast, and body – and will help you get back to feeling like your best self. Call (954) 983-1899 for more information.