Factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity can take their toll on a woman’s breasts over the years. As skin loses its elasticity, breasts can often lose their shape and firmness, and begin to sag. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that raises and reshapes the breasts. A breast lift can also reduce the size of the areola, which is the darker skin that surrounds the nipple. If your breasts are small or have lost their volume, breast implants inserted in conjunction with breast lift can increase both their firmness and size.
As with other forms of cosmetic surgery, breast lifts can provide significant psychological and physical benefits, including increased self-esteem and improved self-confidence. Breast lifts may provide expanded wardrobe options for women who feel as if their choices for clothing, bras, and swimsuits are limited by breasts that have started to stretch or sag.
During your breast lift consultation at Monarch Plastic Surgery, your doctor will explain the procedure and create a customized treatment plan based on your individual goals. Your doctor may also take photographs in aid in your treatment.
During your procedure, your surgeon will remove excess skin and tighten the tissue around your breasts to reshape and support the breast. If your goal is also to increase breast volume, your surgeon can also perform a breast augmentation at the same time as your breast lift.
The best candidates for breast lifts are healthy women who have realistic expectations about what surgery can accomplish. The best results are usually achieved in women who have small, sagging breasts. Breasts of any size can be lifted, but results may not last as long in heavier breasts.
Many women seek a breast lift after pregnancy and nursing have left them with stretched skin and less volume in their breasts. If you’re planning on having more children, it may be a good idea to postpone your breast lift. While there are no special considerations that affect future pregnancies (for example, mastopexy usually does not interfere with breastfeeding), pregnancy is likely to stretch your breasts again and offset the results of the procedure.