Breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the breasts by reducing sagging, restoring shape and volume, and repositioning the nipples.
Breast lift isn’t for everyone, however. If you’re thinking about getting a breast lift, there are numerous factors to consider.
Below, Dr. Donald Hause of Sacramento Aesthetic Surgery discusses the pros and cons of getting a breast lift — and the best time to do it.
The Pros of Getting a Breast Lift
The biggest benefits of getting a breast lift are the improvement in the appearance of the breasts and the boost in confidence that patients experience.
As women age, their skin loses elasticity, which causes their breast tissue to sag. Breasts also start to sag after sudden or significant weight fluctuations, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
A breast lift reduces sagging and restores volume and firmness by removing excess skin and raising and reshaping the breasts.
A breast lift can also enhance the appearance of patients whose breasts hang unevenly and those whose nipples and areolae point downward or have stretched and become disproportionate to the breasts.
In the case of the latter, the position of the nipples and areolae can be raised on the breast, and the areolae’s size can be reduced if necessary.
The Cons of Getting a Breast Lift
As with any surgical procedure, breast lift involves risks and potential complications, which increase as patients age or develop diabetes or hypertension.
Some of those risks include developing asymmetrical breasts, temporary or permanent sensation loss in the breasts or nipples, difficulty breastfeeding, scarring and infection.
Breast lift results aren’t always permanent, especially for patients with larger breasts. As aging, weight fluctuations, pregnancy or breastfeeding occur, the breasts may sag again.
Also, breast lifts can be expensive. Since the procedure is generally considered elective, many insurance companies don’t cover it.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?
If you’re thinking about getting a breast lift, you should be in good health overall and avoid smoking. Ideally, you wouldn’t have any plans to get pregnant or breastfeed, as pregnancy and breastfeeding both contribute to breast sagging and could diminish your results.
To learn more about breast lift and whether the procedure is right for you, call or email Sacramento Aesthetic Surgery to set up an appointment with Dr. Hause today.