With age and time, breasts often lose their fullness and the “lifted” placement that lends a youthful appeal to the female form. Breast lift surgery reverses the breast sagging that affects all women at some point. Skin and ligaments that secure the breasts to the underlying muscles hold the breasts in place. These structures weaken and stretch out over time, even in small-breasted women.
Is a Breast Lift Right for You?
If you have sagging breasts and a loss of fullness – particularly in the top part of your breasts – you are most likely an excellent candidate for a breast lift. Many women opt for this procedure alone, particularly those patients with firm skin and minimal sagging.
The Breast Lift Procedure
Several surgical techniques are used during a breast lift. What the surgeon chooses depends upon the degree of correction required to restore the breasts to their former placement above the rib cage.
Each technique involves reshaping and lifting breast tissue by removing excess skin from around the nipple or from the bottom of the breast. Sometimes the areola is repositioned for a more pleasing appearance.
Breast lift & Breast Augmentation
When the skin thins and breast tissue loses volume, breast augmentation (or breast lift) alone may not yield a satisfying outcome.
In this case, breast implants can fill out the excess skin and restore fullness. Once the implants are in place, the breast lift is then performed to achieve a better position on the chest. An augmentation done with a silicone implant creates fullness of the breast by providing a structure on which to rebuild a natural-shaped breast. Once the silicone implant is in place behind the muscle, a breast lift can then be done to reconstruct the breast shape you desire.
You will have more scarring around the nipple and down to the base of the breast. This will fade and improve over time, but will always be present. It is a tradeoff, but well worth it as confirmed by almost all of our breast lift patients.