A breast lift, medically know as a mastopexy, is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure performed to rejuvenate breasts that have a somewhat saggy or droopy appearance and return them to a more youthful and attractive position.
This popular surgical procedure removes excess skin and tighten the surrounding tissue to create a more youthful breast contour. A lift can also reduce the size of the areolas if they have become enlarged over time.
Rejuvenating your breasts with a lift
Pregnancy, nursing, weight loss and previously having large, heavy breasts can all contribute to accelerating the aging process of the breasts and can cause premature or more excessive sagging.
Some women feel very self-conscious about the deflation of their breasts and wish to have a breast lift to restore their breasts to a more feminine and natural position. In most cases, the breast lift procedure also repositions the nipple and areolar placement to enhance the new breast appearance.
Adding breast augmentation to your lift
The breast lift procedure alone is not designed to enhance breast size, however, in most cases, only unneeded skin is removed and not breast tissue, so your breasts will appear fuller and more shapely as a result. Some women want to enhance their breast size along with the lift and so, in some cases, a combination of breast augmentation with a breast lift may be performed to achieve the desired results.
If you think you may want to add breast augmentation to your lift but aren't sure how it would look, 3D photography may be able to assist. Many board-certified plastic surgeons utilize 3D photography and special software to assist with surgical planning and to simulate your desired outcome. This is an excellent way to envision how you would look after your procedure.
A breast lift in a mommy makeover
The term "mommy makeover" is used to describe a set of procedures commonly performed to rejuvenate a woman's body after having children and breast lifting procedures are often recommended. A breast lift is a common procedure in a mommy makeover, and sometimes a lift is paired with breast augmentation to enhance the breast size while lifting them.
Raising a family and giving the majority of your attention to your children is a remarkable challenge as well as a privilege. If you feel that the time is right to allow yourself to focus on you, a breast lift may be just the ticket to a revitalized life!
Choosing a plastic surgeon for your breast lift
It is important to seek the opinion and expertise of a board-certified plastic surgeon in order to fully explore your goals and concerns to determine the best timing, procedure or procedures for returning your form to the youthful, feminine shape you desire and deserve.
- Anthony Terrasse, MD | Lake Forest, IL
The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or Her Body Bank.