While you may be familiar with the physical and emotional improvements that breast augmentation and breast reduction procedures can provide, breast lift surgery can also enhance the silhouette in dramatic fashion. While a breast lift alone can sometimes provide the aesthetic change you’re looking for, the truth is that breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, is often performed in combination with other breast procedures. Let’s discuss why.
Breast Augmentation + Breast Lift
How do you know if you need a lift to achieve the goals you have for your new bustline? It can be difficult to judge for the untrained eye; it often takes a skilled plastic surgeon to see that an augmentation alone will not achieve the improvement you might be hoping for. If skin elasticity has been lost and muscle tone is compromised, an augmentation by itself is not likely to achieve satisfactory results. For example, many women see drastic changes in their breasts after pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss. While it’s natural to think that a breast augmentation will return volume to the breasts, sometimes a lift must also be considered to reshape the breasts and achieve the firm, youthful look they once had.
The location of the nipples is the telling sign that a breast lift should be considered in addition to a breast augmentation; if the nipples point down and lie below the fold underneath the breast, a lift is called for. The size of the areola—which often enlarges through the years—can also be addressed during a breast lift. There are several lifting techniques that can be considered depending on the physical issues present.
Breast Reduction = Breast Lift
On the other hand, some women are bothered by the excessive size of their breasts and would like to correct that often painful situation with a breast reduction. Unusually large breasts can cause chronic back and shoulder issues and physical activity is often difficult and must be limited. In effect, a breast reduction includes a lift, as extra breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed while the breast is reshaped and lifted to a higher position on the chest wall.
A breast reduction creates breasts that are sized appropriately for your frame, resulting in a more youthful silhouette. Breast reduction surgery has an extremely high satisfaction rate among women who have had the procedure because of the positive changes it brings to their lives.
Whether alone or in combination with another procedure, breast lift surgery is an effective way to improve the contour of the breasts. If flat, drooping breasts concern you, please come in for a consultation. We can discuss whether an augmentation alone will provide the change you want, or whether the additional shaping created by a lift is in order. If overly large breasts are worrisome, please schedule a consultation. Contact our practice to discuss what type of breast enhancement procedures will best fit your needs.