Breast lift or mastopexy is a trending cosmetic surgery procedure that involves the removal of excessive skin from the saggy breast, reshaping breast tissue, and raising chest to change the shape of your breasts. A breast lift never adjusts the size of your breasts as such. However, a breast lift procedure can be done in combination with breast reduction surgery or breast augmentation.
Why Choose a Breast Lift?
A breast lift can restore sagging breasts to firmer, perkier, and more aesthetically pleasing ones. It can not only improve your self-esteem and confidence by restoring your youthfulness, feminine proportions but also help bras, swimsuits, and dresses fit more comfortably.
Women get a breast lift for some of the common reasons such as:
Pregnancy causes your body to change, and your breast supporting ligaments might stretch as they get more substantial. This stretching of ligaments might cause sagging breasts post-pregnancy, regardless of whether or not you choose to breastfeed your child.
Weight changes in your body can cause your breast skin to stretch and lose elasticity.
A breast lift can help undo these unpleasant changes and restore a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
With aging, ligaments in the breast stretch and sag. A breast lift can remove sagging and reshape the breast by raising the position of the nipples and the areolae, which a darker area surrounding the nipples. Sometimes the size of the areolae can also be changed to match the size of the newly shaped breasts.
Some women desire improved breast contour after significant weight loss. Losing weight often means losing breast volume and size, which results in saggy breasts. You can get more youthful, perky breasts by removing excess skin through a breast lift.
Types of Breast Lift
Surgeons use various techniques for a breast lift procedure. The methods used depend on your existing tissue, the amount of excess skin to be removed, and your personal goals and other aspects. Your cosmetic surgeon can recommend a breast lift that will best suit your needs with the least scarring possible.
For women who have a minimal amount of sagging to fix, surgeons may use the “crescent lift” technique. This technique involves a small incision made on the top half of the edge of the areola.
Peri-Areolar or Donut Lift
For women who experience mild sagging and desire breast lift, this is best suited for them. A circular incision running around the areola is made in this technique. This technique can also be used for reducing areola size.
Vertical or Lollipop Lift for More Extensive Reshaping
This technique allows the surgeon to remove excess skin and reshape the entire breast resulting in modest, easily hidden scars. In a vertical lift, two incisions are made.
Inverted T or Anchor for Extensive Sagging
For a considerable amount of sagging, an anchor lift technique is used, which allows a surgeon to remove excess skin and tissues, this method yields the best results. In this technique, three incisions are made. This technique is also used if you’re having a breast reduction with lift. There will be some visible scarring in this method but may fade with time.
Should You Consider a Breast Lift?
Although you should consult a qualified surgeon for whether or not you need a breast lift, there are, however, a few questions you may ask yourself to get a general idea about how a breast lift might help you.
Are your breasts sagging, have they lost shape and volume, or have they gotten flatter, see if your nipples fall below your breast creases, then you should consider a breast lift.