The ABCs of breast lift surgery

26 February 2019 / / Magazine

A breast lift is a commonly performed plastic surgery procedure that treats saggy breasts, making them perkier, firmer, and sexier. There are a number of factors that can lead to the development of saggy breasts. These factors include aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, gravity, and genetics. Saggy breasts make you appear aged and aesthetically unwelcoming.

Women desire to have firmer and perky breasts, and the good news is that the breast lift can effectively treat saggy breasts. The surgery elevates the nipples and areola to a higher and more youthful place, besides tightening the separated breast muscles and removing the saggy skin. After the procedure, your breasts will appear beautiful and youthful.

Signs you need a breast lift

There are many signs that can indicate whether you need a breast lift surgery. As you age, your skin loses its elasticity because of the decrease in collagen production in your body. Secondly, the breast muscles become loose and separated. If your breasts have become saggy as a result of aging, it is a sign you need a breast lift.

The second powerful factor that causes the breasts to become saggy is gravity. This often works in combination with aging to make the breasts loose and hanging. The gravitational pull on the breasts will be more powerful if the breasts are large. If gravity has caused your breasts to become loose, breast lift surgery can help resolve the problem.

Next, pregnancy is yet another powerful factor that affects the aesthetic features of the breasts. During pregnancy, your breasts will stretch out, becoming larger. As a result of the sudden expansion, the skin elasticity will be damaged. After childbirth, the skin will fail to bounce back to its original place. Due to this change, the breasts will become saggy with the nipples pointing down. If this is your condition, it is a sign you need breast lift surgery.

Genetics can also cause the breasts to lose their elasticity and droop earlier. For example, if saggy breasts are coded in your genetic makeup, you can expect your breasts to become saggy even as a teenager. The good news is that the breast lift can effectively treat genetics-induced breast sagging.

How is the breast lift performed?

A breast lift is performed under general anesthesia. The surgery starts with a board-certified anesthesiologist administering the general anesthesia. Afterwards, the plastic surgeon will place an incision on your breast. There are different techniques in placing the incision. What type of incision is best for you depends on your aesthetic goals, the specific flaws in the breasts, the acceptable level of scarring, and the surgeon’s preference.

After placing the incision, the plastic surgeon will access the nipples and areola, lifting them to an elevated and youthful position. In the next step, the doctor will tighten the separated breast muscles. The surgeon will make sure the muscles have been properly tightened.

The last step is the most important step in the surgery. During this step, the surgeon will remove the excess skin from the breasts. After removing the skin, the remaining skin will be re-draped, sutures will be placed, and the incisions will be closed.

Candidacy for breast lift

A good candidate for breast lift is a woman who has moderately or severely saggy breasts that cannot be treated with implants or fat transfer. Secondly, you must have clear reasons and goals to achieve with the intervention. If saggy breasts are not affecting your self-esteem, you should reconsider your decision to undergo the surgery.

The breast lift is a major surgery and involves many risks. You should undergo the surgery only if the risks are lower than the benefits of the procedure. Also, your health condition must be good in order for you to qualify for the intervention. If you have serious health issues, you must discuss them with the plastic surgeon during the consultation and ask how risky the breast lift is for you.

One of the major elements that would be considered during the consultation session is the elasticity and tonus of your skin. Patients who have poor skin elasticity or tonus would not qualify for the breast lift because the breasts will become saggy again after the intervention. Next, you must have realistic and reasonable goals and expectations to achieve with the intervention. You must not expect the intervention to do things for you that are simply impossible.

Recovery after breast lift and the results

After the breast lift, the patient will be required to observe a complete recovery process. The recovery period is a major part of the operation. In order to achieve the desired aesthetic results and experience a safer and smoother recovery, be sure to follow the surgeon’s instructions.

The patient will be required to avoid physical activities for six weeks after the surgery. You can resume work two weeks after the procedure; however, be sure to avoid physical activities at work. The patient must take sufficient rest for two weeks following the surgery. Make sure not to sleep on your front for two weeks after the breast lift.

The results of breast lift will gradually evolve as the post-operative swelling disappears and the breasts heal. This can take a few weeks or even months, depending on how quickly and well you heal. The final results of a breast lift would transpire in the form of firmer, perky, toned, and youthful breasts.

Conclusion

A breast lift is an effective treatment for breasts that have become saggy due to aging, gravity, pregnancy, genetics, or weight changes. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin from the breasts and tightening the breast muscles. After the surgery, the breasts will become firmer and aesthetically appealing.

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