In the world of plastic surgery, knowledge is power. This is true for plastic surgeons themselves who need the knowledge and experience necessary to provide their patients with the best cosmetic results possible. But it’s true for patients as well. Preparation and knowledge are crucial for any plastic surgery patient to find the right surgery for their specific needs and set realistic expectations for what can be achieved. This is why I’m always happy to take some time to answer questions about the cosmetic breast surgeries that I perform and how they can help my patients. This month, I’ll be focusing on breast lift surgery.
Question #1: Is there a way to reduce breast sagging without surgery?
Unfortunately not. Some women think that losing weight will help them treat the appearance of sagging breasts. However, shedding fat and performing exercises will not be able to remedy the skin stretching that is actually causing their issue. Chest exercises can also only do so much. Breast lift surgery is the only true solution for women who wish to treat breast sagging that results from pregnancy, childbirth, gravity, or natural aging.
Questions #2: Will my breasts look smaller after a breast lift?
If you’re worried about a breast lift making your breasts look smaller, fear not. Breast lift surgery is not intended to affect the size or volume of the breasts. Instead, it works by improving the positioning and firmness of the breasts. It’s true that breast volume can be very slightly reduced during a breast lift due to the removal of excess skin, however, the difference is typically minimal. For patients who do wish to complement their breast lift results by either increasing or decreasing the size of their breasts, a breast lift can be safely combined with either breast augmentation or breast reduction surgery.
Questions #3: Will undergoing a breast lift have any effect on future pregnancy or childbirth?
Breast lift surgery will not affect your ability to get pregnant or safely give birth, but I still typically recommend that my patients wait until after they are finished having kids to undergo their surgery. The drastic changes that the body experiences during pregnancy can undo your breast lift results and create the need for additional surgery to re-achieve your pre-baby breasts. The likelihood that your breasts will begin to sag again after pregnancy is high.
I hope you found these questions and answers informative. In my experience, patients are typically extremely satisfied with their new breasts following breast lift surgery. If you experience breast sagging, a breast lift can be an amazing way to turn back the clock and achieve firmer, perkier, younger-looking breasts. If you think you might be a good candidate for a breast lift and would like to discuss it in more detail, contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more plastic surgery questions, photos, news, and more.