As far back as prehistoric times, humans have been fascinated with the female form, and especially the female breast. In today’s society, as in most cultures throughout history, the firm, uplifted breast symbolizes youth, health and vitality. Unfortunately, age, weight loss or childbirth can cause your breasts to lose volume and tone, so that the breast tissues begin to sag and eventually the nipples point downward.
Many women are unhappy when their breasts take a downward plunge. Today’s fashions emphasize a firm, full bust line, and it can be frustrating when the only thing standing between you and that little black dress are breasts that won’t stand up to the challenge!
But there is a solution. Breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy, removes excess breast skin to raise, reshape and firm your breasts. In the process, your nipples and areolas (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipples) are also repositioned. And if the areolas have stretched out over time, they can be reduced in size for a more aesthetic appearance.
If you are bothered by a loss of volume in your breasts, implants can be inserted in conjunction with a breast lift to increase breast size at the same time as the shape and position of your breasts are enhanced.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, most women who have their breasts lifted are between the ages of 35 and 50. However, younger women, including those who have not had children, may also undergo the procedure. Some women have inherited traits that cause their breasts to lack firmness or their nipples and areolas to be positioned too low. Breast lift surgery usually will not affect the ability to breast feed later, but women in the younger age category should discuss this with their plastic surgeon. Pregnancy and breast-feeding will change the size and shape of the breasts, and the results of an earlier breast lift may be affected. Still, many younger women opt for surgery and feel that they can address any revisions that may be necessary at a later time.
There are a variety of techniques available for performing a breast lift, and it is important to select the right method for each patient’s particular anatomy. The size and shape of your breasts, size of your areolas, and extent of breast sagging are factors that must be taken into consideration. Plastic surgeons who are members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery have wide experience in cosmetic surgery of the breast and can advise you regarding a technique that will produce excellent results.