As women age, their breasts naturally begin to sag. Skin stretches and becomes less elastic, often sped along by childbirth or weight fluctuations. Though a completely normal process, many women find themselves dissatisfied with their changed appearance, leading some to consider having a breast lift.
Breast lifts are a common cosmetic procedure, often performed alongside other surgeries, such as breast augmentation or reduction and body contouring, but the surgery doesn’t just involve lifting the breast tissue. There are also several other factors that can make a woman a good candidate for a breast lift, with common reasons for pursuing the procedure ranging widely from correcting age-related breast shape changes to reducing areolar size. If you’re concerned about one of these 5 issues, a breast lift might be right for you.
You’ve Always Had Sagging Breasts
Breast lifts are largely associated with older women, or at least those who have already had children, but some women have a naturally droopy breast shape. This can make younger women feel self-conscious and can also make wearing a bra uncomfortable because the skin can bunch and fold. For young women who have always had a lower, more pendulous breast profile, getting a breast lift can provide the desired, perky shape typically associated with the youthful form.
Whatever your age, you can judge whether your breasts sag excessively at least in part by looking at where your nipples fall relative to your breast creases. Many doctors consider a breast lift to be advisable when the nipples point downward or fall below your breast creases. This is a good indicator that your breasts have lost their ideal form.
Pregnancy can have a significant impact on the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. Many find that their breasts grow with the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, stay large when their milk comes in and while breastfeeding, and then shrink and sag once their children are weaned. Even women who don’t breastfeed, though, may find that their breasts are significantly changed after childbirth, which is why many women pursue breast lifts after having children.
Often, women who seek a breast lift after having children do so as part of a multi-part “mommy makeover” procedure. A mommy makeover can include a variety of procedures, including breast augmentation or reduction, tummy tuck, and liposuction. The mommy makeover is one of the fastest growing surgery procedures and can reduce recovery time for patients and is widely considered safer because it involves just a single round of anesthesia. Many celebrities have undergone mommy makeovers to get their pre-baby looks back, and that has also contributed to the procedure’s increased popularity.
You’ve Lost A Lot Of Weight
Besides aging and pregnancy, weight loss is one of the most common reasons that women pursue breast lift surgery. Though each woman gains and loses weight in different parts of the body, substantial weight loss almost always leaves behind sagging skin – often around the stomach, breasts, and arms. A breast lift will remove some of that excess skin and shift the breasts back into their pre-weight change position.
Many women who undergo breast lifts after weight loss also choose to have a breast augmentation or reduction. That’s because breast lifts don’t change the amount of breast tissue or fat present in the area – the procedure just adjusts where the breasts fall on the body and their general shape, reversing sagging. To attain a more natural body shape and one that best fits the frame, then, many women have these procedures performed together.
You Have Very Large Areolas
This may seem like an unusual reason to have a breast lift, but in fact, Dr. Schulman regularly performs breast lifts to address this problem. That’s because a woman’s areolas often stretch with the rest of the breast tissue due to weight gain or tissue sagging, and many consider it unsightly. But what does a breast lift do to change areola size? During the procedure, Dr. Schulman not only removes excess skin and repositions the breasts, but also resizes and repositions the areolas. That includes cutting away excess skin, leaving a more visually pleasing and appropriately sized areola relative to overall breast size.
Your Breasts Are Different Sizes Or Sit Unevenly
Unequal breast size or position can have many different causes. Some women’s breasts naturally develop that way, while others find that their breasts are uneven just as the result of time or weight fluctuations. Regardless of the cause, a breast lift allows your doctor to reposition your breasts and adjust them to appear more even. An implant or reduction can also be performed at the same time to even out unequally sized breasts and attain a more balanced profile.
There is no standard or best age to have a breast lift, but there are a few factors to consider. First, young women are more likely to experience re-stretching of the skin around the breasts, as well as weight fluctuations that could significantly impact the outcomes of a breast lift. This is why the procedure is mostly done on older women – their breasts have already undergone most expected stretching from gravity, whereas younger women have yet to experience the bulk of elasticity loss.
Another concern for younger women is that having a breast lift can, in some cases, impact the ability to breastfeed. Though most women won’t have a problem breastfeeding after the procedure, those who have their areolas resized and positioned may have difficult producing enough milk. Future pregnancies can also undo the results of a breast lift by re-stretching the skin, potentially necessitating a revision surgery.
Find Your Ideal Shape With Dr. Matthew Schulman
If your breasts are sagging due to the effects of age, pregnancy, or breastfeeding, you may be a good candidate for a breast lift, but you don’t have to make the decision alone. To learn more about the breast lift process and to discuss you needs, contact Dr. Matthew Schulman today to schedule a consultation. Everyone deserves to feel confident in their body and Dr. Schulman can help you attain your ideal shape.