What you need to know about a breast lift

Age, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight changes and gravity all contribute to the breasts losing their natural shape and elasticity over time. If you’ve been thinking about a breast lift to “lift” your breasts to a more youthful, perky appearance, read on to learn about what you should know before you go under the knife as well as the different types of breast lift procedures.

        Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift is ideal for women who are unhappy with the appearance of their sagging breasts.

        Women may have one breast that hangs lower than another or have asymmetrical nipples.

        If you are pregnant, want future pregnancies or are breastfeeding, then you should wait until after you are done with child-bearing before you undergo surgery. A breast lift may impair the ability to breast feed, and future pregnancies may negate the results from surgery.

        A breast lift can correct nipples and the size of the areolae, which is the darkened skin around the nipples. If the areolae are stretched or enlarged, they can be reduced to be more in proportion with your breast shape and size.

Types of breast lift

When it comes to a breast lift, there is “no one size fits all” approach. A crescent lift corrects nipple asymmetries through an incision made on the upper part of the nipple-areola complex, but isn’t good for lower breast sagging. A Benelli lift is ideal for patients who have smaller breasts and less severe sagging. Doughnut-shaped incisions are made around the areola to remove excess skin and tissue and tighten the remaining skin.

A lollipop lift is best for women with moderate skin laxity but will leave a visible vertical scar. An anchor lift removes excess skin and addresses breast droop and requires an incision that resembles an anchor, so you will have a visible scar.

A breast lift can improve a women’s confidence and self-esteem. If you are interested in learning more about a breast lift and to see if you are a candidate for surgery, call 309-323-8120 to set up a consultation.

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