The breasts sag for many reasons. Pregnancy causes the breasts to enlarge and stretch beyond the point of maintaining shape, and aging affects how much elastin and collagen is in the skin. Drooping breasts may also be a condition that a woman has since puberty. A breast lift helps in these situations by giving the breasts a perkier, more upright position. Here are some considerations for deciding if a breast lift is right for you.
Two aspects of your weight that should be considered before opting for breast lift surgery are:
- Are you near your ideal weight?
- Has your weight fluctuated over the past 12 months?
Changes in your weight affect your breasts because you may gain or lose fat in the breasts. If you are not near your ideal weight or you experience weight fluctuations, you may need a second breast lift to correct any changes to the breast position.
If you have breasts that naturally hang low on your chest or nipples that are oriented downward, you can have a breast lift once your body is fully mature. This tends to happen around the time you reach 18 to 21 years old. We do advise our younger patients that a second breast lift may be needed if they have children or as they get older.
For women who have sagging breasts due to pregnancy, we recommend that you wait until you no longer plan to have children. If you have a breast lift now, you may need another if you have more children.
Older women who are no longer having children can have a breast lift at any time. General health and realistic expectations are the deciding factors rather than age.
Being healthy is important for any type of surgery. General anesthesia does carry some risk, and these risks are greater for patients with hearing conditions, diabetes and other issues. When you are discussing a breast lift with your surgeon, breast health is also considered. You should not have any masses or disorders that affect the breasts.
Pregnant women should not have cosmetic procedures until at least one year after giving birth to their babies. This not only protects the health of the mother and child, but also gives your body time to adjust naturally while you follow a healthy lifestyle of proper nutrition and exercise.
Situations that are Not Ideal for a Breast Lift
Although the results of a breast lift seem to show an increase in breast size, this is not the case. Breast lift surgery does not make your breasts larger. What you may see in before and after photos is the breast tissue being compressed into a smaller section of skin. If enlarging your breasts is a goal, we may recommend a breast lift with breast augmentation.
Contact Plastic Surgery of Palm Beach to Learn More About a Breast Lift
The best way to know if a breast lift is right for you is to discuss the procedure with an experienced plastic surgeon. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation.