Breast lift, also called mastopexy, is one of the most popular of all cosmetic breast surgeries for good reason. The aesthetic improvement created by the surgical technique certainly addresses the anatomical issue of breast ptosis, but more importantly, helps to resolve the painful emotional issues often associated with sagging breasts caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Breast ptosis is the medical term for degeneration of the breast tissue, leading to a hollow, stretched out, elongated or flat appearance. Depending on the size and shape of the breasts, these changes might be minor or may be extreme, but are always noticeable to the affected woman. Larger breasts are more prone to complete degeneration of the tissue, leading to an overall downward projection of the entire breast mound. Smaller breasts might be less affected and the smallest might only suffer ptosis of the nipple/areola complex. Degenerative breast tissue changes are the result of age and activity, but can be hastened by breast size, genetics, pregnancy, breastfeeding and lifestyle factors.
WHAT IS A BREAST LIFT?
Breast lift comes in a variety of forms, ranging from minimally invasive to major surgery. The goal of every breast lift is to optimize the aesthetics of the breast by improving the placement of the breast mound, firming the underlying tissue and raising the nipple position. Overall, these changes lead to a higher, more youthful looking and feeling breast which is pleasing to the eye and hand.
BREAST LIFT WITH BREAST AUGMENTATION
Breast augmentation and breast lift (augmentation mastopexy) are both effective procedures to address the appearance of breasts without shape and also with sag. The procedure can benefit women, who in addition to being suitable candidates for a Breast Lift, also have:
- Deflated breasts after pregnancy
- A smaller level of correction
- The need to correct asymmetry
WILL A BREAST LIFT WORK FOR ME?
The goal of a breast lift is not to change the size or even the shape of the chest area. It does not add fullness or reduce size, make them appear more round, or otherwise change the overall shape. It simply lifts them back to their normal position and tightens up the tissue to limit sagging. Breast augmentation surgery or breast reduction surgery is best for women looking to change the size or shape of their chests.
Every woman will have her own unique goals and expectations for the outcome of a Breast Lift. Woman who typically seek a Breast Lift surgery are those whose breasts have lost volume and are sagging due to weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding (or nursing) and/or aging.
The surgery elevates and improves the appearance of breasts that exhibit one or more of the following issues:
- A pendulous shape or sagging (while remaining proportionate with the body frame)
- Loss of firmness and skin elasticity.
- A flat elongated shape when unsupported.
- Nipples that fall below the breast fold (infra-mammary fold)
- Nipple/areola complexes that point downward.
- Stretched skin and enlarged areolae > Asymmetry between the two breasts and/or nipple/areola complexes.
If any of the above concerns affect you, you may be an ideal candidate for surgery at Cosmetic Avenue.
WHO IS AN IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR BREAST LIFT SURGERY?
THE BREAST LIFT PROCEDURE
Breast lift surgery involves making incisions on the surface of the breast to access the breast tissue. The two techniques commonly used are the periareolar and vertical lift techniques. These two techniques produce superior results and minimal scarring compared with more traditional techniques.
The technique that is chosen for breast lift surgery will depend on:
- Your needs and preferences.
- The size and shape of your chest
- The amount of breast lift required
- Your skin elasticity
Breast lift surgery needs general anaesthesia, this ensures your comfort throughout the procedure. Incisions will be made under sterile conditions to allow access to reposition the breast tissue. A lifted appearance and fuller breast projection will be aimed for. You will have some bruising and swelling after surgery and so a week of work is recommended.
Inclusive of surgeons fee, hospital fees , anaesthetist fees & aftercare appointments for up to 6 months
BREAST LIFT FAQs
A breast lift focuses on improving the appearance of your existing breasts by lifting and reshaping your natural breast tissue. Implants only add additional volume but they don’t change the placement of the breast on your body. A breast lift can enhance the appearance of your figure without the need for artificial implants. This procedure can be combined with a traditional breast augmentation for more comprehensive results.
If you have noticed a change in the volume or fullness of your breasts following pregnancy, or weight loss, you may be a good candidate for breast lift. The ideal candidates will be those who are in good health both physically and mentally and maintain realistic expectations about the outcome of their procedure.
Although a breast lift by itself won’t increase the existing size of your breasts, many women are very happy with the results of a breast lift alone, as their natural breast tissue will be lifted and reshaped for a younger, sexier look. For patients who want to boost their cup size as well as enjoy the improved placement of their breasts, it is common to include breast implants at the same time as a lift. Including augmentation with implants is a personal decision that you and your breast surgeon can discuss together.
Ptosis or droopy breasts are the most common reason for a breast lift. This occurs when breasts appear saggy as a result of changes in the body due to age, pregnancy or the effects of gravity over time. Our surgeons can restore breasts to a higher, more youthful placement through breast lift surgery.
Loss of firmness can also be improved with breast lift surgery. Age causes changes in the fatty breast tissue, resulting in a loss of firmness. During a breast lift, your breast tissue is reshaped to improve texture as well as appearance.
Finally, if your breasts and areolae face downward rather than front and center or if your nipples and areolae seem overly large in comparison to your breast, our breast lift surgery can reduce and reposition them for an improved aesthetic.
Most women feel sore at first, accompanied by swelling. You can expect to be in discomfort for the first few days, although this will vary depending on the type of incisions used and whether or not an augmentation was included as part of your procedure. The majority of our patients are able to return to work after a week or two.
After your surgery, your breasts will feel firmer, look fuller, and rest higher on your chest. The nipples will be centered and proportionate to the rest of the breast. If you have had augmentation using breast implants or fat injection with your breast lift, you will notice that your breasts are dramatically increased in size as well as changed in placement.
Your breast surgeons make every effort to ensure that your final results are as beautiful as possible. We use the newest techniques available during your breast lift surgery to limit the size and appearance of incisions following surgery, although this does depend on the level of correction needed and whether or not implants were used during your procedure. Using multiple layers of internal stitching following your procedure also helps minimize scar appearance during the healing process. Most women feel that the beautiful final results outweigh any concerns over visible scars.
A breast lift is a permanent procedure. However, even though your results will be long lasting, no surgery is able to permanently stop the aging process. Your breasts will continue to be affected by aging and gravity even after your procedure, although your new figure will continue to look more youthful for longer than without surgery.
The volume of the breast in not reduced significantly in a breast lift surgery procedure, so it’s more a case of re-shaping the volume you already have. If the uplift is combined with a breast augmentation, then the cup size will obviously increase in proportion to the size of implant; your surgeon will guide you in this regard.
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