There are three significant life changes that can negatively impact the firmness and appearance of a woman’s breasts – pregnancy, nursing, and major weight loss. These changes to the body can affect even relatively young women. Age and genetics can also take their toll. The breasts may start to sag and droop. They lose firmness and elasticity. Some women complain their breasts seem deflated. Breasts that were already heavy may need more support than they once did.
Breast changes cause some women to feel less confident about their appearance. They may feel that they have prematurely aged. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that can rejuvenate the breasts to achieve a more youthful appearance. Women can feel more attractive and self-confident after having this procedure.
How does a breast lift work?
During the consultation appointment, the patient and the plastic surgeon will discuss goals, medical conditions, anesthesia, previous breast surgeries, and any family history of breast cancer. Women who are not finished with childbearing and those who intend to lose significant weight should consider postponing the procedure to a later date. The surgeon will determine the technique that is most suitable for the patient’s needs.
The surgery is performed in the outpatient surgical center under general anesthesia. Incisions are placed where they will be less noticeable. Excess skin is removed and surrounding tissue is tightened. The areola, or dark circle surrounding the nipple, is repositioned on the chest wall, as is the nipple. The areola can also be reduced in size, if it’s become enlarged over time.
A breast lift will create more shapely and contoured breasts. It is not meant to increase the size. A breast augmentation can be performed in combination with a breast lift if the patient is interested in volume or size change.