Breast lift or mastopexy is an attempt to change the shape of the breast by removing excess skin, redistributing the filling and restoring the original projection of the breast. Cosmetic surgeons perform mastopexy either alone or combine it with breast augmentation or reduction. During the procedure, they may use barbed threads, synthetic mesh or the patient’s skin to support the breast.
Why get a breast lift
In the past, women who sought to have mastopexy for the breasts they never had. Some wanted to have the top half of the hourglass reduced or enhanced, while others wanted more robust looking breasts. Today another group of women are seeking to undergo mastopexy. These women are not looking to have the breasts they never had, rather, they want to regain what they have lost.
Top reasons why women undergo breast lift include:
To undo breast sagging
Breast sagging also known as breast ptosis is a natural consequence of aging, however, the rate at which sagging occurs depends on factors such as gravity, number of pregnancies, body mass index and cup size. Breast sagging occur when the skin enveloping the breast and the ligaments stretch. Over time, the filling shrinks which gives the breast a pancake appearance while the nipple faces downward rather than straight ahead.
To improve self-esteem
Most patients who seek to have a breast lift often complain of having low self-confidence since they are always aware of their breast appearance especially in public. If you are wary of attending public events due to drooping breasts, it may be time to get a breast lift to boost your self-image and confidence.
To restore better breast shape after pregnancy and breastfeeding
Pregnancy and breastfeeding comes with undesirable changes to the breast. The changes usually leave the breasts sagging and stretched out. Mastopexy helps to rectify these changes by restoring the breasts to give them a more pleasing appearance.
To enjoy a perkier and robust breast shape.
A number of patients who seek to undergo breast lift procedure have never had a breast profile they always wanted. Most of these women complain that they had drooping breasts since they were teenagers.
To manage the effects of weight loss
Weight loss has become a major issue today as more people especially women seek to have slender and well-toned profiles. Unfortunately, losing weight also means losing a significant amount of breast volume. A breast lift helps to restore the breasts to a more youthful and proportional shape by getting rid of excess skin after weight loss.
To lift nipples and areola pointing downward
When the skin at the base of the breast stretches out and starts to sag, the weight of your breast tissue pull the nipple down. Mastopexy seeks to reposition the breast tissue to stop the nipple pointing downwards.
To rectify nipples and areola falling below breast creases
The position of the areola and nipple in relation to the inframmamary fold or crease below the breast is one of the characteristics that cosmetic surgeons look for when evaluating a breast lift candidate. To find out if your nipple or areola sits below the breast crease, remove your bra and slide a plain sheet of paper beneath the breast so that it sits against the breast crease. Look in the mirror; if your nipples are below the top edge of the paper, you have enough sagging to warrant undergoing a breast lift.
To modify asymmetrical or unusually shaped breasts
Do you have asymmetrical or unusually shaped breasts that make you self-conscious in public? Breast lift surgery not only reshapes the breast tissue it also improves asymmetrical breast to a more normal, rounded shape.