Could your bosom use a little perking up? Does it seem as though your breasts aren’t as shapely and firm as they used to be? It’s not your imagination. With age, and over time, the breasts can lose their youthful shape and begin to sag. But patients of eSSe Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale, FL, are able to achieve long-lasting improvement in the bosom with the help of a breast lift.
How Long Does a Breast Lift Last?
A breast lift involves the reshaping and repositioning of your existing tissue to achieve a long-lasting improvement in the look of the bosom. For many patients, the results of a lift last a lifetime. Your body will continue to age, and gravity will continue to tug at your body, so your results may shift over time. But most patients who undergo a lift enjoy their results for years to come.
How Can I Keep My Breasts Perky After Undergoing a Lift?
Because the skin on the body continues to stretch with age, it’s a good idea to take steps to prevent sagging even after undergoing a lift. Wearing a soft, medium support bra most days of the week is a great way of supporting your bosom so breast tissues don’t stretch. Maintaining good posture and sleeping on your back can also protect your results.
Taking good care of your skin by avoiding excessive sun exposure and regularly moisturizing your skin can prevent stretching and signs of aging. And one of the most important steps you can take is to adhere to a healthy lifestyle overall. This means cutting back on smoking and alcohol consumption, eating nutritious food, drinking plenty of water, and maintaining a stable weight.
What Is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift, which is sometimes referred to as mastopexy, involves the reshaping of skin and tissue in the bosom and, in many cases, the repositioning of the areola. This treatment also removes any excess skin that may be causing the breasts to sag. Mastopexy is a great option for patients who are happy with the size of their breasts but wish to reduce sagging and achieve a more youthful shape.
A lift can visibly improve the look of the bosom, but it doesn’t increase the patient’s cup size. For patients who want to increase the size of their bosom while also addressing sagging, we can place implants during their mastopexy.
What Happens During a Lift?
Mastopexy is performed in the comfort of our office suite using general anesthesia. We’ll make an incision around the perimeter of the areola and down the center of the lower breast. In some cases, we may also make an incision in the fold beneath the breast. This treatment is performed on an outpatient basis and takes about three hours.
What Is Recovery Like?
Most patients spend about a week resting at home before returning to work. Most normal activities, including light exercise, can be resumed within several weeks after treatment. You may be asked to wear a compression garment for a few days to support your recovery.
When Will I See Results?
Patients usually see some improvement in the overall shape and position of their breasts right away, with their full results developing within several months.
What Benefits Does This Treatment Offer?
Shapely, Youthful Breasts
This treatment can restore breasts that are sagging, elongated, and deflated in appearance. It gives the breasts shape, contour, and a more youthful appearance. Mastopexy can also increase the breasts’ firmness and lift them back to a more natural position on the chest. In addition to a curvy, more attractive bosom, this treatment can also better balance your overall silhouette.
Enhanced Self Confidence
Improving the look of your bosom will help you feel great about your appearance again. Getting dressed in the morning will be fun again, and you’ll feel a new sense of self-confidence. Mastopexy can help you get back to living life to its fullest.
If you have sagging breasts, you may also be experiencing chaffing and itching. Mastopexy can put an end to this by lifting the breasts back to a more natural position, eliminating some of the friction caused by sagging.
Sagging, drooping breasts can get in the way of everyday activity and exercise, even if you’re wearing supportive undergarments. Patients who have undergone mastopexy have an easier time embracing an active lifestyle.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Your Bosom Is Sagging
There are a couple of ways you can tell if your breasts are sagging enough to consider mastopexy. If a pencil placed in the fold beneath your breasts remains in place by itself, that may be a sign that you’re a good candidate. If your areolas rest below the under-breast fold when you are standing, that’s another sign that you may be a good candidate.
Your Breasts Are Asymmetrical
A breast lift can also correct breasts that are noticeably asymmetrical. It’s normal for one breast to be a little larger than the other, but in some patients, one is significantly larger or differently shaped than the other. Mastopexy can make the two breasts more similar.
Your Breasts Have Finished Growing
This treatment is not performed on patients whose breasts are still developing. The breasts have often fully developed by the age of 16, but in some women, breast development continues into their early twenties. Mastopexy should not be scheduled until the bosom is fully developed.
This treatment is best suited for nonsmokers who are in good health. Candidates should not currently have breast cancer or Cellulitis, a condition in which the breast tissue is infected.
You’re at a Stable Weight
Significant weight fluctuations can stretch the skin, leading to sagging, so the ideal patient is already at a stable weight.
You Want Individualized Treatment
A breast lift is not a one-size-fits-all treatment. Each patient comes to us with a unique set of cosmetic concerns, and we design a custom treatment plan for each one. Whether you want a significant reshaping or a modest lift, we can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
What Causes the Breasts To Sag?
As we age, the body begins producing less collagen, and the skin starts to loosen, which can lead to sagging. Dramatic weight shifts can also stretch the skin, leaving the bosom more prone to sagging. And breastfeeding, which causes the skin to stretch to accommodate milk production, can also result in an eventual sagging in the bosom.
For some patients, genetics is also a factor. If you are genetically predisposed to large breasts, you may be more likely to experience sagging and drooping. It’s almost impossible to correct sagging on your own, which is why so many patients turn to mastopexy.
Can I Still Breastfeed After This Treatment?
Mastopexy won’t prevent you from breastfeeding in the future, but because pregnancy can stretch the skin and introduce sagging, many women postpone this treatment until after they have finished having children.
What Is the Right Age To Pursue Mastopexy?
The truth is that there is no magic age at which to undergo mastopexy because each woman is different and develops at a different rate. As long as your breasts are fully developed, you can be considered a candidate. There is no age cutoff with this treatment, and women in their sixties and seventies have achieved wonderful results with mastopexy.
Do You Offer Any Other Breast Treatments?
Our practice offers a host of breast treatment options, including breast reconstruction, breast reduction, and breast augmentation.
Does Health Insurance Ever Cover This?
Health insurance usually does not cover mastopexy because it is a cosmetic treatment, but our practice can provide you with information on financing options.
How Can I Get Started With Treatment?
If you’re interested in seeing if a breast lift is for you, schedule an initial consultation at our practice so we can evaluate your skin and talk with you about this treatment. Once we have determined if you are a good candidate, the next step will be to schedule your lift.
Long-Lasting Improvement Is Possible With Mastopexy
Are you unhappy with sagging, drooping, deflated breasts? You don’t have to live with a bosom you’re unhappy with. A breast lift can correct sagging and reshape your bosom for a healthier, curvier, more youthful look. Best of all, the results will be long-lasting. What are you waiting for? Call eSSe Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and book your initial consultation today!