Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging all contribute to volume loss in your breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. A breast lift raises the position of your breasts to create a firmer and more youthful-looking bust line. You can also consider having breast implants inserted during your breast lift surgery to help increase the desired fullness of your breasts.
When Should I Consider Having a Breast Lift?
- If your nipples have dropped beneath your breast or they are pointing downward
- If your breasts have lost volume or firmness and have stretched skin
- If your breasts sag, droop, or appear slouchy
A breast lift can help correct all of these issues that many women and men face today. By raising and reshaping the breast and removing any excess skin, the breast appears perkier and more youthful. A reduction of the size of the areola (the darker area around the nipple) may be required, but a breast lift does not change the size of your breast, it simply adds liveliness.
With a breast lift (mastopexy), incisions may be made around the areola and extend down the bottom side of the breast and along the lower crease. Excess skin is removed, the nipple and areola are placed in a higher position than before, and the surrounding skin is brought down and together to lift and reshape the breast. Our St. Louis team specializes in the breast lift procedure.
Some patients experience bruised, swollen breasts after breast lift surgery, but this should last only a few days. You can plan on returning to your daily activities in 1-2 weeks.