I want youthful breasts again; do I need a breast lift?

by | Feb 14, 2019

Kiss that push-up bra goodbye for good

While many women focus on the size and shape of their breasts, some fail to take into account that their breasts may also be in need of a little pick-me-up. A breast lift is an excellent way to give sagging, droopy breasts an instant makeover. Your breasts will appear more youthful and perkier and push-up bras will be a distant memory. If a breast lift is something you’re considering, Dr. Erick Sanchez with Sanchez Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge, LA offers several breast lift techniques that can give you the results you’re looking for and bring your breasts back to life.

What is a breast lift?

A popular and common cosmetic surgery for Baton Rouge, LA women, a breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, removes excess skin in the breasts and tightens the underlying muscles and tissue in order to allow the breasts to sit higher on the chest wall. It is common for women who have breasts with low skin laxity, those who have lost weight, and especially common for women who have gone through pregnancy and nursing. If your breasts sag and if your nipples point downward to a certain degree, the chances are higher that you may need a breast lift surgery.

Incision types

The three common incision patterns that Dr. Sanchez uses on his Baton Rouge, LA patients include an incision around the areola, an incision around the areola and vertically to the breast crease, and an incision around the areola vertically to the breast crease and then extending horizontally in the breast crease. Multiple factors will need to be evaluated in order to determine the best technique for you including the size and shape of your breasts, size of the areolas, and the severity of sagging.

Lifting and Sizing

A breast lift surgery will not significantly change the size of your breasts. If you’re looking to lift your breasts and also create a fuller effect, then it’s a good idea to discuss a breast lift procedure in conjunction with implants. It is very common for implants to be used during a lift procedure to add fullness and volume. On the other spectrum, women that have large breasts can also elect to have a breast reduction during their breast lift procedure. This involves using liposuction to reduce the amount of tissue that is in the breast and then lifting the breast so it is structurally stronger and tighter.

What can a breast lift do for me?

As we age, our skin becomes thinner and loses elasticity. This can cause the skin to be less supportive and the breasts will start to hang lower and, in some instances, the nipples begin to point downward. A breast lift will reposition the breasts and correct the sagging, drooping effect and leave the breasts looking perky and youthful. There have been numerous advancements in technology which make a breast lift procedure a very popular choice for women. From improving the position of the tissue to nipple repositioning, a breast lift procedure can correct a multitude of problems.

Can implants correct the sagging?

In short, the answer is no. Implants are used to increase the size of the breasts. If you’re suffering from loose skin and weak muscles or tissue you’ll still have the same sagging and drooping appearance, and implants will only make it more apparent since the breasts will be larger and heavier. The good news is that many women have a breast lift and breast augmentation surgery at the same time and through the same incisions. Not only will you end up with perkier breasts, but your breasts will also be fuller and shapelier.

Am I a good candidate?

Aging and skin laxity aren’t the only reasons why women look into breast lift procedures. Women who have gone through pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding also see major changes in their breasts. Oftentimes, breasts not only start to sag, but can also end up looking flat and deflated. Women who have large fluctuations with their weight can also encounter similar issues. Heredity can also a play a role in how your breasts sit or hang. You may also be a good candidate for this procedure if your nipples fall below the breast crease or one breast appears lower than the other. In order to determine whether or not a breast lift can give you the results you desire you’ll need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanchez, so he can evaluate your problem areas and determine next steps.

What is the recovery like?

Following a breast lift procedure, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. Patients can expect to be placed into a surgical dressing which may consist of a support bra to support the breasts. Swelling is the most commonly reported side effect of this procedure and will resolve within 1-2 weeks. It’s recommended that you wait at least 2-3 weeks to resume your daily activities. You’ll be able to enjoy the results from the procedure once your body has fully healed which typically takes 6-8 weeks.

How can I find out more information?

Contact our Baton Rouge plastic surgery office in order to get a consultation scheduled with Dr. Sanchez. Dr. Sanchez is a Baton Rouge native, in addition to being a highly-skilled, board certified plastic surgeon that has many years of experience in performing cosmetic surgery procedures. Dr. Sanchez holds medical privileges at Our Lady of the Lake, Baton Rouge General, and Woman’s Hospital.

During your consultation Dr. Sanchez will discuss your goals and review your medical history. A physical examination will be performed in order to assess your skin laxity and breast symmetry. Based on his findings, Dr. Sanchez will create an individualized treatment plan that will provide additional information on the procedure and recommended incision pattern. Post-operative instructions including pain medication and follow-up care will also be discussed at this time.

A breast lift will not only boost your breasts, but also your self-image and self-confidence. We look forward to your visit and having the opportunity to show you why so many patients choose Sanchez Plastic Surgery for their cosmetic needs.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.