A breast lift can balance your figure
A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, can make your breasts feel firmer, higher and more youthful-looking.
Breast lift surgery addresses issues of droop by surgically removing excess skin and reshaping the breast for a firmer, more youthful appearance.
How is the breast lift procedure done?
During the breast lift surgery, the breasts are raised, and the nipples are repositioned. The areolas (the dark area surrounding the nipple) may be reduced in size for better proportion. If you’d like to restore lost breast volume as well, implants may be used to increase breast size.
There are many variations to a breast lift procedure. The techniques our surgeons use depend upon your individual features and aesthetic goals. The most common method, which offers the most significant lift, involves three incisions: One around the circumference of the areola, another running vertically from the areola to the breast crease and a third incision following the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast.
Through these incisions, your surgeon will remove the excess breast skin and shape the remaining breast tissue. The nipple and areola, which remains attached to the underlying tissue, is then shifted to a higher position. The areola can also be reduced in size for better proportion. Because the nipples and areolas are left intact, nipple sensation and breast-feeding should not be affected.
Am I a candidate for a breast lift?
A breast lift can be performed at any age, however, it is recommended 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. You should mention anything else about your breasts that you would like to see improved. This will help your surgeon to understand your expectations and determine whether those expectations can be met.
Depending on your age, or if you have a history of breast cancer in your family, your surgeon may also recommend a baseline mammogram before surgery and another mammographic examination some months after surgery. This will help to detect any future changes in your breast tissue. Following a breast lift, you will still be able to perform self-breast examinations. Breast lift surgery will not increase your risk of developing breast cancer.
Breast Lift Frequently Asked Questions
It is recommended that you undergo a breast lift when you have no future pregnancy planned as it can cause significant and unpredictable effects to the size and shape of your breasts. This could result in a secondary procedure.
No. Since the nipples remain attached to the tissue during the procedure, the nipples are left intact and the procedure has no effect on the nipple sensation.
Yes, it can be. Although, if breast sagging has occurred during adolescence, it is advised that you wait until your breasts have finished developing before considering a breast lift.