As a woman gets older, factors such as gravity, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and changes in weight can affect the breasts – causing them to change shape, loose their fullness, or droop. Breast lift surgery can provide an effective solution to firm up and reshape the breasts and alleviate sagging, creating a more youthful and attractive appearance.
Breast lift surgery (known as a mastopexy) is a cosmetic procedure to remove excess skin and to lift, reshape, and firm up the breasts. The goal is to enhance the natural contour of the body.
A breast lift procedure usually takes up to 3 hours. Excess skin and tissue are removed, and the nipple and areola (the dark circle surrounding the nipple) are relocated to a higher, more appropriate position. Some types of breast lift surgery can be performed using minimal incision techniques, making it a less-invasive procedure.
Why Would I Have a Breast Lift?
Breast lift surgery can be ideal for women who are happy with their breast size but feel that their breasts have lost their shape or volume. In conjunction with a breast lift, a breast augmentation (breast enhancement) can also be performed in order to increase fullness and volume.
There are a number of factors that can adversely affect the shape and firmness of the breasts, which can include:
Skin elasticity naturally decreases as we get older, which can result in the breasts losing their firmness. Without strong and supple skin elasticity, gravity results in the breasts being weighed down, causing the skin to stretch, and leaving breasts with a loose, saggy appearance.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
During pregnancy, many women gain weight in their breasts as their bodies prepare to supply milk. Breastfeeding causes the breasts to repeatedly swell and shrink, which can take its toll on the breast tissue. Breasts can lose their prior fullness and shape once breastfeeding has stopped and the baby is weaned.
Changes in Weight
A fluctuation in weight can mean the breasts become bigger and fuller after gaining weight, and then slightly smaller upon weight loss. This can leave the skin stretched out and the breasts without firmness or volume.
Am I a Candidate for a Breast Lift?
If you are thinking about breast surgery, a breast lift may be a consideration if:
· You have sagging or loose skin on your breasts
· Your nipples/areolas point downwards or sideways
· Your breasts lack firmness or volume, particularly in the upper portion of the breasts
· Your breasts are uneven in size or shape
Breast Lift Surgery in New Jersey
If you are considering breast lift surgery or would like more information about our plastic surgery procedures, contact Iorio Plastic Surgery Center today at (732) 780-9191 for our Colts Neck location or (732) 458-7400 for our Brick location. You can also request a consultation now via our online form. We look forward to helping you look the way you want to look!
Dr. Louis M. Iorio is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast lifts and other breast surgeries including breast augmentation, breast implants, breast reduction, and breast reconstruction. Dr. Iorio can provide you with superior care and outstanding results, to create your desired appearance.