Is Breast Lift Surgery Right for Me?

Cropped half-turned closeup photo woman's breast dressed in white braBreast enhancement surgery is often talked about in terms of enlargement. While breast augmentation with saline or silicone implants is one of our top procedures, Dr. Schaffer also performs breast lift surgery. This procedure, called mastopexy, can revive a more youthful and attractive profile without enlarging the breasts. It involves trimming the tissue that covers the breast mound to restore optimal shape. The results achieved with a breast lift can help a patient regain a sense of satisfaction with their appearance. Breast enhancement can improve a person’s confidence, but nothing quite compares to simply liking what is reflected in the mirror. Here, we discuss how to know if a breast lift is right for you.

Could You Use a Lift?

Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the first step in discovering the best path to a better shape. Dr. Schaffer performs a thorough consultation and evaluation of the breasts and overlying skin. Some of the factors that indicate the value of a breast lift as opposed to breast augmentation include:

  • Loose skin
  • Droopy nipple position (below the breast crease)
  • A drooping breast mound that sits below the breast crease
  • Elongated shape
  • Nipples pointing downward
  • Noticeable asymmetry

What Causes Sagging Breasts?

The breasts naturally change over time due to several biological factors. The breasts are formed of fatty tissue and ligaments. There is no muscle to the breast mound. Muscle tissue sits beneath it. For this reason, exercise has little effect on the shape and position of the breast mound. Once ptosis (drooping) begins, it cannot be corrected except through surgery. The skin is a major factor in the onset of breast ptosis. As we age, our skin becomes thinner and weaker, which makes it less elastic and bouncy. This is why the breast lift procedure focuses on trimming the right amount of skin to reposition the breast mounds higher on the chest wall.

What a Breast Lift Can Do

Breast lift surgery reshapes the breasts. It does not change the overall size of the breasts. However, some women feel that they look larger after their procedure. This is primarily because the breasts look perkier. The procedure can be combined with breast augmentation if there is a desire to also enlarge the size of the breasts. In some cases, women interested in augmentation are advised to also have a breast lift. This may be necessary if ptosis is present because, if the skin is not trimmed and tightened, the weight of the breast implants can worsen the appearance of drooping.

Learn more about the breast lift procedure. Contact our San Antonio office at 210-227-FACE to schedule a visit.

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