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Breast Lift: What You Need to Know

Why Consider a MastopexyMany women live with breasts that are no longer attractive. Perhaps as a result of pregnancy, aging or weight loss, their breasts are no longer firm. They may be dissatisfied with the shape and look of their breasts. They might sag, or their nipples and areola are no longer pointed forward. Do you experience any of these unpleasant effects? You may want to consider a breast lift (mastopexy) as a solution.breastlift_images_contentHow it WorksThere is no universal surgical procedure for a breast lift. Any incisions or techniques will depend on the condition of each individual’s breasts – the size of the breasts or the amount of sagging, for example. Your plastic surgeon will determine the best way to make the incision.Before the surgery begins, you will be put under anesthesia. Your doctor will then make an incision around the areola – there are several different incision techniques that are commonly used. After the incisions have been made, your breasts will be reshaped. They will be lifted and made firmer, the nipple and areola will be given a more youthful appearance and excessive skin will be removed.Please note that once the breast has been repositioned and the incisions closed, there will be scars where the incisions have been made; although these will fade over time, they will not go away. Your plastic surgeon will do his best to ensure no unnecessary scarring takes place.Should You Get a Breast Lift?Not every woman needs a breast lift, and mastopexy is not the only breast surgery available. As you consider this surgery, consider whether some of the following apply to you:


  • The deterioration of your breast’s appearance is affecting your confidence or self-esteem

  • Your nipples and areola fall below the crest of your breasts or point to the ground

  • One breast sags beneath the other one

There are two more thoughts to bear in mind if you are contemplating a breast lift: you will have greater health risks if you smoke; major weight gain and loss after a breast lift will negate the effects of the surgery much more rapidly.A New YouAfter your surgery, you will have to wear bandages and some means of support for your breasts during the recovery process. Your plastic surgeon will explain to you any physical care you may have to provide your breasts or any medicines you may have to take. Every case is different.As mentioned earlier, there will be scars from the incision lines as well as swelling underneath the breasts. Both of these symptoms will fade, though the scars will remain. Maintaining a constant weight will help preserve your breast lift.The good news is your breasts will be firmer and more attractive immediately after surgery. You will look younger and fuller than you have in years, and you can enjoy the satisfaction of having firm, youthful breasts.

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