If you’re feeling a bit down because you’ve noticed your once perky breasts are drooping, have flattened, or become unsightly, it could be time to give them a lift – literally, with a breast lift.
A breast lift, or mastopexy, can return breasts to a more attractive, even shape you can be proud of and feel more confident showing off.
Women who choose to undergo mastopexy often experience a change in their breasts due to childbirth, weight loss, hereditary factors, or the slow action of gravity.
Because a breast lift is a surgical procedure, you should know what it entails before scheduling a surgery date with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Deciding to make a change to one’s body often raises questions about surgery and what to expect.
Mastopexy is one of the most popular surgeries today, and according to new stats reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, “breast lifts have increased 70 percent since 2000, outpacing breast implants 2-to-1.”
Here are some common questions and answers about a breast lift to help you decide if the procedure is right for you.
Why Would I Need a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is the only procedure that will help your breasts look better after they have begun to sag, flatten, or droop, which occurs due to weakening ligaments and the loss of volume in breast tissue.
A breast lift can rejuvenate and lift breasts to a more youthful appearance and elevate breast tissue as well as reduce enlarged areolas.
Are your breasts not symmetrical? A breast lift can help. If your breasts are moderately uneven in size or shape, or if areolas are not at the same level, a breast lift can reshape the breast tissue.
One of the advantages of a breast lift is it can reposition breasts to look more natural. Some patients worry about scars after a lift, but today’s surgical techniques and more advanced scar treatments leave minimal scars once they are healed.
Implants vs. Breast Lift
Breast augmentation will make breasts bigger but unfortunately, won’t lift sagging breasts. If your breasts are sagging at all, implants only make breasts larger. The wrong size of breast implants can cause drooping and weigh down already stretched tissues.
Scarring After a Breast Lift
The length of a breast lift scar depends on the incision, but the appearance of a scar can be minimized post-surgery. Breast lift incision scars become barely noticeable after about one year.
Non-surgical Breast Lift Options
Non-surgical treatments for tightening skin have evolved over the years, and it is possible to get firmer breasts with minimally invasive treatments. But the breasts work differently than regular body skin, and droopy breasts more often than not need surgery.