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Breast sagging that results from natural aging, as well as gravity, weight fluctuation, pregnancy, and breastfeeding is very common. Breasts that sag often lose their shape and firmness, which can take their toll on a woman’s appearance and self-esteem. Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, helps patients address breast sagging by lifting and repositioning the breasts to create a perkier, younger-looking breast contour. Understanding what’s true and what is not before breast surgery is important. Doing so is necessary for patients to both determine if their respective procedure is the best choice for their needs and keep realistic, attainable expectations for their surgery. For anyone looking for the facts about this outstanding cosmetic procedure, I am happy to share a few answers about what is true and what is false regarding breast lift surgery.

What’s True and What’s False Regarding Breast Lift Surgery

Performing Chest Exercises Can Limit or Prevent Breast Sagging

Unfortunately, this is false. While I certainly wouldn’t advise patients to avoid this kind of exercise due to its other benefits, it will not have any effect on breast positioning over time. Breast sagging is caused by factors that affect the skin and tissue of the breast, not the underlying muscle. That’s why the only way to effectively treat this aesthetic concern is with a surgical breast lift.

A Breast Lift Can Replace the Need for a Breast Augmentation

This too is false. While it’s true that both procedures can help rejuvenate the appearance of a woman’s breasts, they do so in very different ways. A breast lift works by removing excess, sagging skin and tightening the surrounding breast tissue to raise the breasts to a higher position. However, a breast lift cannot change the size of your breasts. Breast augmentation involves using breast implants (or a patient’s own fat) to increase the volume of the breast.

A Breast Lift Can Be Paired with Other Cosmetic Breast Procedures

This is absolutely true. In many cases, patients who undergo breast augmentation or other cosmetic breast procedures like breast reduction may choose to have a breast lift at the same time. This can help achieve better positioning for the newly enhanced or reduced breasts. In the hands of an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, it is very safe to pair a breast lift with these other surgeries. A breast lift can also be included as part of a mommy makeover.

I hope this helped clear the air a bit. In my experience, the more a patient understands about his or her potential procedure and what it can accomplish, the more satisfied they are following surgery. My breast lift patients are typically very satisfied with the position and feel of their new breasts following their procedure. For more information or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery. And don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for even more plastic surgery tips, photos, updates, and more.