The effects of time, gravity, skin elasticity, and pregnancy can make a woman’s breasts droop and sag. Pregnancy can enlarge a woman’s breasts for breast feeding, which can look quite sensual and beautiful at that time, can cause the breasts to shrink and sag. Many women say they wish their pregnancy breasts would stay there. Unfortunately, after pregnancy and breast feeding, the breasts are just not the same. Some become smaller, some droop and sag, and some change their shape to point down. Age can also cause the breasts to sage. Age increases skin elasticity and gravity pulls the breasts down, distorting their shape. If you are suffering from any of these problems, you may be a candidate for a breast lift procedure.

A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure designed to raise and reshape the breasts. The goal is to give the breasts a more uplifted natural pointing forward shape. It also can create a firmer and more contoured appearance to the breasts. During breast lift surgery, the sagging excess skin and fat are removed, and then the breast is raised and lifted to a more natural shape. The nipples and areolas (pigmented areas around the nipples), usually are also repositioned to a higher level. The resulting shape is more natural, but there are always associated scars that accompany the procedure in order to create this more natural shape.

The reshaped breasts can maintain this appearance for a long time, but one should remember that the aging process does continue and gravity does continue to force the breasts down. Thus, the procedure should not be considered permanent, for it cannot permanently delay these effects that cause the breasts to sag. However, undergoing a breast lift can help a woman achieve a more youthful breast contour for many years. For those women who are still thinking about becoming pregnant, they should consider waiting until after the pregnancy before undergoing this procedure.

There are many differing types of breast lifts, just like there are many reasons why women choose to undergo a breast lift. Some women have adequate sized breasts yet they sag, while others desire not only a lift but also breast enhancement. Breast lift surgery can be performed alone, or in conjunction with breast augmentation to add more volume to the breast. Some women feel their breasts are not well positioned, and some have substantial asymmetry of their breasts. Many women complain of a lack of substance or firmness in their breasts. Other women complain that their breasts point downward instead of forward. A breast lift can help women correct most of these conditions.

Most cosmetic surgeons perform breast lift surgery using general anesthesia. However, the procedure can be performed using mild to moderate sedation and a local anesthetic. The procedure takes from 1 to 3 hours to perform, and is usually performed in a surgicenter, a hospital, or a designated certified procedure room in a physician’s office. After the procedure, there is moderate to severe pain that lasts a few days. This is usually helped with pain medicine. Recovery is usually quite rapid, with resumption of normal activity within one to a few weeks depending on the patient’s activity level.

Anyone who undergoes breast lift surgery must have realistic expectations about the procedure. Most of the time, although the resulting shape is usually quite satisfactory, scars are present on the breasts. These are necessary for longer term satisfactory results, to give the breasts correct proportions, and to give the appropriate strength to the breast tissues so they can maintain their new shape without excess stretching. Any woman undergoing this procedure must realize the fact that she will have scars on her breasts so she has a better idea of the realistic outcomes that will happen from the surgery. If she can accept these scars for having more beautifully shaped breasts that are much less saggy, then she could be a good candidate for the procedure.

Every cosmetic surgeon has his/her own special preferences regarding the best breast lifting procedure. If you think you would like this procedure performed, please make an appointment at my office to discuss your concerns. You should undergo an extensive breast evaluation before deciding on the best course of action for you. I can include the breast lift procedure in their Mommy Makeover Program. Call for a complimentary evaluation today, and become well informed about the procedure and its results.