As women age, changes can occur in areas all over the body. The breasts are no exception. It’s incredibly common for women to experience breast sagging, or breasts that lose their shape, firmness, and positioning, as the years go on. This is why breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, is so consistently popular among plastic surgery patients. During the procedure, I am able to remove stretched, excess skin from the breast area and lift the remaining tissue to create a perkier, younger-looking breast contour. I perform different surgical methods, including the no vertical scar breast lift technique, depending on the specific preferences of each patient. To help my patients gain a better understanding of this cosmetic procedure, I have taken time to answer some commonly asked questions about breast lift surgery.
Question #1: Will I need to include breast implants as part of my breast lift?
Although it is very common (and often beneficial) for women to combine their breast lift with breast augmentation surgery, this is by no means mandatory. Many women are satisfied with their breast size and simply prefer to address the positioning and sagginess of the breasts. However, I highly recommend speaking about all of the available options during breast lift consultation appointment to determine the most helpful surgical path for your needs.
Question #2: Should I wait until after pregnancy to undergo my breast lift?
I almost always advise my patients to wait until they are finished having children before undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure like a breast lift. Every woman’s body responds to pregnancy differently, but it’s a fact that pregnancy can negatively impact the results of your breast lift, leading to the need for additional surgery down the road in order to regain your original results. Ultimately, this is a personal decision and each patient’s thought process is unique.
Question #3: Can undergoing a breast lift improve the positioning of the nipple?
A breast lift can alter the position of the nipple. As breast sagging begins and the skin at the base of the breast starts to become stretched, the weight of breast tissue can pull the nipple downward so it looks like it faces the ground. A breast lift can be used to reposition the breast tissue so that the nipples are returned to their normal, preferred forward-facing position.
I hope that women who are curious about breast lift surgery found these questions and answers informative. In my experience, having this kind of knowledge in advance is incredibly important for a plastic surgery patient’s long-term satisfaction. For more information or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery. You can also follow along with us on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok for additional plastic surgery news, tips, practice updates, and much more.