We talk about breasts all day long in our all-women office! One of the most common concerns is droopy breasts and what can be done about them. If you’re interested in a breast lift but unsure about whether it’s right for you, here are a few things you should know.
A breast lift (“mastopexy”) is a procedure which reshapes and repositions the breast tissue. Typically, incisions are made around the nipple and in a line down to the bottom of the breast, like a lollipop. This allows the breast tissue to be rearranged and the skin tightened. You’ll end up with a similar amount of breast tissue in a smaller skin envelope, making the breast look uplifted.
Women typically request breast lifts because they see sagging in their breasts. This can be due to a variety of factors. The most common factor is aging, as over time the skin loses elasticity and the effects of gravity take a toll, stretching the skin and causing sagging. In addition, many women see deflation and drooping after pregnancy and breastfeeding, as the rapid change in breast size also causes the skin to stretch, resulting in a sagging appearance. The same effects can be seen in women who have lost a significant amount of weight, which also causes fluctuations in the volume of the breasts. Finally, some women simply have sagging or drooping breasts due to genetics. If you’re unsatisfied with the position of your breasts for any reason, a breast lift may be an option.
I’ll be able to determine which procedure will best meet your goals after I examine your breasts in a consultation, but there are some simple signs to look for at home that can give you a good idea. First, if your nipples fall below the breast fold or point downwards, it’s likely that you’re best suited to a breast lift. Other signs to look for include stretched skin, a lack of firmness in the breasts, a pendulous or drooping shape, and loss of volume in the upper portion of the breasts. If you see these signs in your breasts, it might be worthwhile to consider a breast lift.
Many women also wonder if they should add an implant to their breast lift. If you’re happy with the size of your breasts but not the shape, you may be a great candidate for a lift alone. If you want an increase in fullness, size, or more volume in the upper part of your breast, you may want to think about adding an implant to your breast lift.
If you’re interested in learning more about breast lift, schedule an appointment with me at Mountain Lake Plastic Surgery. We’ll go over your options and suggest a suitable treatment plan. Call (802) 231-4284 or request an appointment online.