Breast Lift Procedure

If you want to sound like a doctor, call it mastopexy. But here, we’ll call it breast lift.

breast liftThe cause of drooping breasts

Sometimes pregnancy can be a contributing factor or it may be due to breast-feeding your children—or a combination of the two.  It could be a result of losing a good bit of weight, aging or just plain old gravity. And some women inherit the tendency to droop. All of these things can trigger sagging breasts and breast lift procedures can help solve this problem.

Are you a candidate?

There’s always the old “pencil test”. If you place a pencil under your breast, and it stays there without assistance, you’ve failed. That’s a good indicator that you are drooping, big time. And drooping breasts can be corrected, with breast lift surgery, no matter what your age. But it’s one thing to have drooping breasts at 85, and something else if you’re 30, or even younger!

If you have satisfactory, well filled out breasts that are reasonably firm, just a breast lift could be the thing you want. If you’re not well-filled out, a lift can be in conjunction with a breast augmentation—where you get implants to fill your breasts out. But you’d definitely want the lift along with augmentation to have satisfactory results.

You’d be a good candidate if:

  • You’re healthy and maintain a stable weight.
  • You’re a non-smoker.
  • You are distressed by the feeling that your breasts droop, and aren’t shapely and full.
  • Your breasts appear pendulous and kind of flat and long.
  • Your nipples fall below the breast crease, when not supported.
  • The nipples and areolas point down.
  • The areolas are enlarged and the skin is stretched.
  • Perhaps one breast is lower than the other.
  • You have realistic expectations of the results.

The breast lift process

breast lift procedureYou start off with an appointment with a good plastic surgeon. He/she will evaluate you and discuss with you what you want and whether it can be accomplished, realistically. You will be measured, and probably photographed—for the medical record.

Your medical history will be discussed. This will include, but not limited to, information about any drug allergies, previous surgeries, current medications and dietary supplements and other medical conditions.

If you have any plans of weight loss, your doctor will probably ask you to wait until your weight is stabilized before surgery.

And of course, finances will be discussed. Since this is considered strictly aesthetic, it will probably not be covered by your health insurance. However, if you’re also having reconstructive surgery, some of it may be covered. That depends entirely on your specific policy.

The breast lift surgery might be conducted with local anesthesia, where you’re awake, or by general anesthesia, with you asleep, and usually takes 2 to 3 ½ hours.

If you feel that a breast lift might be a good option for you, talk to a certified plastic surgeon and get evaluated.

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