A breast lift addresses sagging and uneven breasts, decreased breast volume and drooping nipples and stretched areolas (the darker area surrounding the nipples), recreating a youthful shape and lift to your breasts. If there is too little or too much breast volume, a breast augmentation or breast reduction might be recommended in addition to a lift. Every year, thousands of women undergo successful breast-lift surgery, experience no major problems and are pleased with the results.
When to Consider a Breast Lift
Pregnancy, nursing, gravity, weight gain or loss, normal aging, and heredity have taken a toll on the shape of your breasts, resulting in sagging.
If your surgeon thinks that breast implants alone are unlikely to achieve the contour you desire.
If the tissue surrounding the nipple or areola has become stretched.
You will have improved breast shape, projection, and symmetry
Your breasts will have a more youthful appearance.
You will look better in and out of clothes and feel more self-confident.
The effects of a breast lift might slowly diminish over time because of gravity and aging.
A breast lift leaves scars that will be hidden in a bra or swimsuit.
Subsequent pregnancy may compromise your surgical results.
Am I a good candidate for a breast lift?
If you’ve become increasingly unhappy about the sagging of your breasts, you may wonder what surgery can do. Don’t be surprised if your surgeon suggests combining breast augmentation or breast reduction with your lift; adjunct procedures may be necessary to achieve your goals.
The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider a breast lift:
Breasts that are pendulous but adequate in size.
Breasts that lack substance or firmness.
Nipples and areolas that point downward, especially if they are positioned below the breast crease.
Breasts that appear different from each other; one breast may appear firm and well positioned while the other does not.
Breasts that are not equal in size.
Breasts that are relatively small.
Breasts that are large and heavy can be lifted, but the results may not be as long-lasting as a breast lift performed on smaller breasts; the weight of larger breasts works against surgical changes.
You are finished with childbearing and breast-feeding. If you plan to have children, you may want to postpone cosmetic breast surgery. Pregnancy may stretch the breasts and reduce their volume, compromising surgery benefits.