Perk Up Your Breasts
Many women in their middle years find that their breasts have changed and lost their shape and firmness. Women sometimes describe it as their breasts have “sagged”. The medical term is ptosis. These changes can be caused by one or a combination of factors: pregnancy, breastfeeding, heredity, weight fluctuations, aging and gravity.
When these changes occur a breast lift, or mastopexy, is the solution. A breast lift tightens the tissue and removes excess skin around the breast, giving you a more youthful appearance. Sometimes the areola (the pigmented area around the nipple) is enlarged and a breast lift will improve that as well.
A breast lift will not change the size of your breasts. When significant volume has been lost in the breast, implants are necessary to restore the breasts to the size you desire. In some cases, women want their breasts to be made smaller and a breast reduction is performed along with the breast lift.
- You are a good candidate for a breast lift if you are in generally good health and have one or more of these indications:
- You feel your breasts have sagged or lost their shape and volume
- Your breasts are flatter and elongated or pendulous
- Your nipples fall below the breast crease or point downward
- You have stretched skin and enlarged areolas
A breast lift is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. Depending on the patient, recovery can be from a couple of days to a week. You can begin walking immediately but we advise no cardio exercise for two weeks.
The results of breast lift surgery can be seen immediately. Some post-surgical swelling and incision lines are expected but will decrease over time. The final results will appear after a few months when the breasts have settled into their new position. We do not recommend breast lift surgery until you are finished having children because subsequent pregnancies can negatively impact the appearance of the breasts.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast lifts have grown 70 percent since 2000 outpacing breast augmentations 2-to-1. A breast lift is a personal choice. Like any surgery, there are certain risks.
Only a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon can help you determine if a breast lift is right for you.11455 North Meridian St. Suite 150, Carmel, IN 46032 317-848-0001 turklemd.com