Has age, pregnancy, or weight loss left your breasts drooping and deflated? Many women have watched their breasts slowly change over time, losing their shape and volume. If this sounds like you, a breast lift (mastopexy) may be the way to return your breasts to their youthful appearance.
Breast lifts are growing in popularity. Almost 110,000 breast lifts were performed in 2018, which is an 108% increase since 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ 2018 National Plastic Surgery Statistics. It’s easy to see why the number of breast lifts is increasing every year: this procedure is a great way to restore your breasts and increase your confidence.
Before you commit to any breast procedure, you need to make sure all of your questions are answered. Keep reading for five questions about breast lifts that you’re too afraid to ask.
1. Am I a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?
If you have sagging breasts, you’re probably a good candidate for a breast lift. A breast lift is the only way to correct this issue. Diet and exercise can’t repair drooping breast tissue! Breast sagging is caused by weakened ligaments and loss of volume. A breast lift reshapes and repositions the breast for a younger appearance. Areolas that have been stretched can also be reshaped and repositioned by a breast lift.
2. Can Augmentation with a Bigger Implant Replace a Breast Lift?
You may hope that breast augmentation alone will raise sagging breasts and allow you to avoid a breast lift. But that’s not true. If your breasts sag enough that you need a breast lift, breast implants will increase the size of your breasts but won’t change their placement on your chest. In fact, implants that are too large can increase drooping by weighing down tissue that’s already stretched.
If you have only mild sagging and want a medium-sized implant, you may not need a lift. But if you want to correct significant sagging, a lift is usually needed to get the results you want, regardless of implant size.
3. Can a Breast Lift Correct Asymmetry?
A breast lift can improve the symmetry of your breasts. In addition to correcting sagging, breast tissue is reshaped during a breast lift. This creates breasts that are evenly proportioned with areolas that are beautifully placed on the breast. A lift can correct breasts that are asymmetrical in size or shape or areolas that are in different positions.
If you have significant breast asymmetry, your best results may come after combining a lift with breast augmentation or reduction in the opposite breast.
4. Do Breasts Look Natural after a Breast Lift?
During a lift, your breast tissue is reshaped and repositioned into a natural-looking breast. Many women who have had a breast lift are pleased with how their breasts look.
5. Is it Safe to Combine a Breast Lift with a Breast Augmentation?
Not only is it safe, but it’s also common! Though a breast lift will change the shape and position of your breasts, it won’t add volume to your breasts. If you want to increase the size of your breasts, you’ll want to add implants to your breast lift. Adding implants can restore your breasts to their fullness, while a lift can return your breasts to a youthful position on your chest. When you combine procedures, you only have to undergo one surgery and one recovery period.
Any More Questions?
Now you know the answers to these five questions. If you’re ready to take the next step or if you have more questions, it’s time to schedule a free consultation. Dr. Madry can give you answers and help you meet your appearance goals. Schedule your free consultation today.