Breast lift, or Mastopexy, is designed to recreate the appearance of firm and more youthful breasts. Whether from childbirth and breastfeeding, changes in weight, gravity, or the natural aging process, a woman’s breasts will change over time. These factors can result in sagging breasts losing their elasticity and firmness, a condition also known as ptosis. Depending on the specific problems to be addressed, a breast lift procedure may consist of one or multiple discrete procedures:
- Tighten skin to eliminate the sagging effect
- Reduce the size of the areola to keep them in proportion to the newly shaped breasts
- Move the nipple higher up on the breast so it is approximately even with the lower crease of the breast
In some cases, when there has been significant loss of breast tissue, a breast augmentation can be performed in conjunction with the breast lift. A breast lift won’t significantly change the size of your breasts. However, a breast lift can be done in combination with breast augmentation or breast reduction.
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A breast lift can be performed at any age, however it is recommend that women wait until breast development has stopped, a stable weight is achieved, and no future pregnancies are planned. Pregnancy and breast-feeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts. A breast lift can be performed on breasts of any size. Women with smaller sagging breasts will likely have longer lasting results. Larger breasts are heavier, which makes them more likely to sag again. The following conditions could indicate that breast lift surgery is right for you:
- Have breasts that lack substance or firmness
- Have breasts that are loose and sagging (breasts are flatter and longer)
- Have one breast that falls lower than the other
- Have nipples and areolas that point downward (fall below your breast creases)
- Have areolas stretched out of proportion to your breasts. During the consultation, you will be asked about your desired breast shape and size. Your surgeon will discuss with you how your nipples and areolas will be repositioned.