Are you unhappy with your silhouette? Would lifting and reshaping your breasts improve the overall look of your bosom? A breast lift performed by Female Plastic Surgery Associates in Franklin, TN, can restore your youthful, shapely figure. It’s a great option if pregnancies or the aging process have taken a toll on your bosom.
What Is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift, also referred to as mastopexy, is a treatment that reshapes existing tissue so that the breasts are firmer and more shapely. If sagging is a problem, this treatment can also lift the breasts higher on the chest.
How Does This Treatment Compare to Breast Implants?
Implants and lifts work in different ways to improve a patient’s bosom. Implants are performed when a patient’s primary goal is to increase the cup size. Lifts are performed when the patient wants to improve the shape and position of the breasts without necessarily increasing their size. In some cases, lifted breasts may appear larger simply because of the improvement in shape and position.
Patients sometimes opt to combine the two treatments, which gives them both larger and better-positioned breasts. Once we’ve had a chance to meet with you and talk with you about your concerns, we can help make a recommendation about the best course of treatment.
How Long Will My Results Last?
One of the great things about a lift is that it permanently reshapes the breast tissue. A lift won’t ward off the aging process, and your results will continue to evolve, but the improvement you see in your bosom will last for years.
How It Works
Mastopexy is performed under anesthesia on an outpatient basis. During a lift, we make incisions so that we can remove excess skin and reposition your existing tissue. We’ll discuss the incisions with you beforehand, but they are often made around the nipple and straight down the lower half of the breast. An incision is also sometimes made along the fold beneath the bosom.
If the breast nipples have stretched or shifted in position, we can bring them back to a more natural shape and position while performing mastopexy.
How Long Does the Treatment Take?
For many patients, a lift takes several hours to complete. The exact time will depend on the extent of reshaping and repositioning involved.
How Long Will I Need to Recover?
You’ll probably spend several days recovering at home before getting back to your regular schedule. Rigorous exercise should be avoided for a week or more.
Who Is This Right For?
Lift candidates are generally in good overall health and have fully developed breasts, but they also have concerns about the shape or look of their bosom. Patients who have breasts that don’t match in shape or size can also benefit from a lift. And in some cases, a breast lift is performed as a way of reconstructing the chest area after a mastectomy.
Ideally, patients who undergo a lift are able to maintain a consistent weight after treatment. And although a lift will not interfere with your ability to breastfeed, it may be wise to postpone this treatment if you’re considering becoming pregnant soon. This is because the weight gain associated with pregnancy could alter the results you’ve achieved with a lift.
Why Should I Consider a Lift?
It May Cut Down on Chaffing
Because it eliminates extra skin in the chest area, a lift can cut down on the chafing and irritation patients sometimes experience along the bra line, under bathing suit tops, and with other snug-fitting clothing. You also may find that your bras fit better and more comfortably!
It Can Make Exercise More Comfortable
If your breasts are drooping or sitting too low on your chest, it may be uncomfortable to exercise even if you’re wearing supportive foundation garments. By restoring the natural position of your breasts and eliminating sagging, a lift can make it much more comfortable to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, whether that involves running, aerobics classes, or yoga.
It Will Help You Feel Great About Yourself
A lift can help you achieve a more youthful, perky silhouette. Most patients report a boost in self-confidence after treatment. They say they feel great about their bodies and feel comfortable wearing bathing suits, halter tops, and backless dresses again.
How Can I Tell if It’s Time for a Lift?
The decision to undergo mastopexy has a lot to do with how you’re feeling about your body. Some patients notice a small amount of sagging in the bosom but aren’t bothered by it at all. For other patients, any degree of droopiness is a major concern.
In addition to the level of personal discomfort you have with your breasts, there are also some physical signs that it may be time to explore a lift. If your nipples sit below the fold under your bosom, that could be a sign that the sagging is enough to consider treatment. And if a pencil placed beneath the bosom remains in place by itself, that is another sign that the time may be right to think about mastopexy.
How Can I Keep My Breasts Shapely?
It’s normal for breasts to become softer and begin to sit lower on the chest as we age. This happens as a result of genetics and the natural aging process. Significant changes in weight and multiple pregnancies can also influence breast firmness and perkiness in the bosom.
While it’s impossible to completely avoid long-term changes in the shape and firmness of the breasts, adhering to a healthy lifestyle, not smoking, and staying at a consistent weight can all help preserve the shape of your bosom.
Take the First Step Today
Are you ready to feel great about your body again? Take the first step today. Call Female Plastic Surgery Associates in Franklin, TN, and schedule your breast lift consultation today!