What Is a Breast Lift/Breast Revision?
During a breast lift, the nipple or areola may be repositioned; similarly, a stretched nipple may be reduced to provide a more natural appearance. By working with the entire breast, a lift can also improve projection and symmetry. The goal is to help you feel more satisfied and more confident with your overall shape.
During a woman’s life, her breasts undergo many changes. Most of this is owed to hormonal changes. In pregnancy, for instance, the breasts grow bigger in preparation for breastfeeding; sometimes, this change is as much as two cup sizes.
After pregnancy, the breasts go down in size and sometimes deflate. This accounts for the flatter look some women experience in motherhood, a complaint we hear often. Breastfeeding can have a similar effect.
The Effects of Aging
As women age, their bodies naturally produce less estrogen. This hormone has many responsibilities in the body, one of which is to help keep breasts look firm. But with the loss of estrogen comes a loss of elasticity in breast tissue, which typically leads to a looser and saggier appearance.
Time also renders changes to the composition of breast tissue; it becomes less dense and grows fatty instead. This contributes to the droop that many breasts acquire so they point down rather than out.
How It Works
A breast lift removes excess skin that contributes to a downward pull. Once this excess is gone, the remaining skin is used to help pull the breasts up so they sit higher and tauter.
Tissue within each breast is also reshaped and lifted: this serves to restore firmness and improve contour. Finally, if necessary, both the areola and nipple are surgically moved so they no longer point downward. This completes the rejuvenation process, ensuring symmetry and a more upward projection so the breasts look perkier.
Every woman is different, not only in body but also in mind. We understand it’s easy to look at a friend’s results after a breast lift and think you’ll look the same. But the truth is you won’t, simply because you have a different biological and chemical composition.
We urge you to toss out preconceived notions and comparisons. Our staff will work with you on an individual basis to understand your unique cosmetic goals. Once we know what you hope to achieve, we can strive to deliver those results with safe, effective, and compassionate care.
How Long Do Effects Last?
You already know that every person responds differently to this procedure. It is therefore difficult to realistically estimate how long you’ll enjoy the results of your breast lift. For many patients, the duration is between 10 and 15 years; others are satisfied with their appearances for much longer. So we confidently say the effects can last a very long time.
Different factors, however, will influence your longevity. One of these is your skin and how well you care for it. Remember that skin is nourished from within, so eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water to promote hydration are crucial. We can also recommend treatments performed in our office to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.
Breasts are constantly under assault by the elements, gravity being one of the worst. This contributes to a sagging appearance, so wearing a bra that fits well and offers proper support can help maintain your surgical results. We recommend that every woman have a professional fitting to ensure she’s wearing the right cup and band sizes.
The decision to have a breast lift may strike at almost any point in your life, and we understand your reasons are intensely personal. But rest assured this procedure comes with many benefits, all of which will make you feel more confident and beautiful.
Improved Look and Feel
In addition to positioning your breasts so they sit higher on your chest, a breast lift will also help them look firmer. This can bring a significant improvement to women who fear their breasts are sagging. The surgery will also restore tissue support so they remain in place, a difference you will see and feel.
Breast Lift Versus Breast Augmentation
Before we go further, it’s important that you understand these two procedures are completely different, with entirely different outcomes. A breast augmentation targets size and is an ideal way to amplify breasts so they are proportionate with the rest of your body. Augmentation can also restore volume to deflated breasts for a sexier and more feminine appearance.
A breast lift, on the other hand, considers breast position. It does not change cup size, either to reduce or enhance. If you want to lift your breasts and change your cup size, you need a breast lift and breast augmentation, which will together yield the results you want.
Which Procedure Do You Need?
To answer this question, we recommend you look at three different breast characteristics. The first is nipple position; if it has dropped below your natural breast crease or points toward your feet, a breast lift is likely the ideal therapy. Tissue that has lost elasticity can change nipple position and/or cause it to stretch wider or longer. This can all be corrected with a breast lift/breast revision.
This can refer to different parts of the breast. You might start by looking at size; do your breasts appear to be equal in this regard? Another way to answer this question is by looking at your bra. Does each breast fill the cups equally, or is one slightly smaller?
Symmetry can also refer to nipple and areola positioning. It’s natural for women to have breasts that are not identical; however, if one nipple is visibly larger than the other, a breast lift can help. A breast augmentation, on the other hand, can correct a difference in breast size to give you balance and proportion.
A breast lift/breast revision can change your appearance in a variety of ways. Whether you want to promote symmetry, improve breast shape, or simply enjoy a more lifted and contoured look, this surgery will deliver results. It will also help boost your confidence, a benefit that cannot be described with mere words. If you’ve been thinking about this for a while, we recommend taking the next step.