Breast Lift Is A Personal Choice

focus on breast liftA mastopexy or breast lift is a form of cosmetic surgery that is designed to lift up the breasts, to improve their appearance. In some cases this may also involve moving the position of the nipple and areola.

In most cases a breast lift is an outpatient surgery that is done while the patient is under general anesthesia. During the procedure the extra skin around the breast will be removed, after which the breasts will be repositioned to match the specifications agreed upon before the surgery.

In some cases a breast lift will be combined with an augmentation wherein the breasts are enlarged with implants.

Why a Breast Lift is Performed

A breast lift is a type of cosmetic surgery that is performed because the patient desires it; in other words, it’s not usually a medical necessity.

  • Women will usually have a breast lift because their breasts feel loose or have begun to sag. This can occur as part of the natural aging process, breastfeeding or following pregnancy.
  • Those that are interested in having a breast lift surgery performed can talk to a plastic surgeon about what aspects of their breasts they are unhappy with and what they are hoping to have changed. The doctor can then determine if a breast lift will provide the desired results.

There are some cases where a breast lift might be helpful. Those that are still in the process of losing weight, are still nursing or considering having more children should not have a breast lift right before any of these events; the events could alter the shape of their breasts further and undo the effects of the surgery.


You should go over all the pros and cons of a breast lift with your doctor before you agree to have this procedure done.

  • A breast lift can help to adjust the symmetry, shape and projection of the breasts– to give you a more youthful appearance.
  • Breast lifts can help clothing to fit more comfortably and provide you with more self-confidence.
  • On the negative side, pregnancy and the natural aging process can diminish the results of the breast lift over time.
  • A breast lift will also leave scars behind, due to the surgical adjustments that have been made during the procedure. These scars are not usually visible under a bra or swimsuit, but more revealing clothing could reveal these unsightly spots. About how to prevent this scars, click here.

To get started, you’ll need to consult with your doctor about the best way to approach the surgery. During the session you can talk to your doctor about whether or not a lift alone is likely to help you achieve the breast shape you desire.

Your surgeon may perform a physical examination of your breasts to evaluate the condition of your breast tissue and recommend additional procedures such as implants, upper body lift or breast reduction accordingly; in many cases these procedures can be performed simultaneously with your breast lift.

breast lift before and after

Am I a Good Candidate?

If you are very unhappy with the shape of your breasts and it is affecting your self-esteem it is worth visiting a plastic surgeon to determine your options.

Conditions that may easily be addressed with a breast lift include:

  • Breasts that are no longer firm or lack substance
  • Breasts that are adequate in size but are pendulous
  • Areolas and nipples that point downward or sit below the breast crease
  • Breasts that appears different from each other. This may include one breast that is firm and
  • One that is not or breasts that are sitting in different positions on the body.
  • Breasts that are somewhat small
  • Breasts that are not the same size
  • Breasts those are large and beginning to hang. It is important to note that large breasts are generally heavier, meaning that surgical results may not last as long as gravity will be working against the effects of the procedure.
  • You are finished breast-feeding and having children and would like to improve your appearance. Those that are still planning on having children must note that pregnancy could cause the breasts to stretch back to their original shape.

It is important that those are agreeing to any type of optional surgery must be in good health to ensure minimal risk of side effects. It is also important to have realistic expectations regarding how the breast lift will change your figure.

This is both the responsibility of the patient and the doctor to ensure that everyone involved understands what the final results of a cosmetic surgery will be. To that end, it’s important to be open to the idea of using different cosmetic procedures if your doctor feels that a breast lift is not likely to produce the results you were hoping for.

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Potential Risks

Every type of surgery poses a few risks that will need to be considered before you agree to undergo a certain procedure.

  • Anyone that undergoes a surgical procedure is at risk of excessive bleeding or developing an infection at the surgical site.
  • Those undergoing anesthesia are at risk for developing heart problems, breathing problems, reactions to the medication, or pneumonia. Your doctor can determine if you are at a higher risk for these side effects.
  • Specific risks of a breast surgery may include scarring around the breasts that takes a long time to heal, an inability to nurse, loss of sensation around the nipples, uneven position of the nipples or asymmetric breasts following the surgery.

There also is an emotional risk. For instance, after the surgery individuals may feel like their breasts are still not perfect, causing dissatisfaction with the procedure. Some may also feel disappointed if they receive negative responses to their “new” breasts.

It’s worth mentioning that breast lift is a personal choice rather than an option to please others. If you keep that in mind, you’re likely to remain satisfied with the procedure—and the results as well. Continue reading: What is a breast lift

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