If women could wear an invisible bra day and night, we wouldn’t have to worry about sagging, droopy breasts . . . or would we? Developed as a natural alternative to breast reduction or augmentation, the laser breast lift, or Stevens laser bra, uses a woman’s tissues to create a support structure for drooping breasts. But does the laser bra fight the effects of gravity any more effectively than other breast enhancement procedures?
During a traditional breast lift, or mastopexy, the nipple is temporarily removed from the breast, and a segment of skin below the nipple is cut away in order to tighten the breast tissue. The nipple is replaced at a higher point on the breast mound, creating a more youthful profile, and the excess skin is discarded. In a laser lift, the plastic surgeon uses the surgically removed skin to create an internal “bra,” which is treated with a laser then attached to the chest wall to hold up the breasts.
This procedure, called the Stevens laser bra after the plastic surgeon who developed the method, utilizes the body’s own tissues to provide additional support for the breasts. Surgical mesh could also be used to prevent drooping and sagging, but synthetic mesh poses a risk that an infection may develop or that the body may reject the foreign material. With the Stevens method, these risks are minimized. The laser lift reinforces the surgically enhanced breast without adding extra time to the procedure. Although the laser lift is advertised as a natural option for women who want to increase or reduce the size of their breasts, some women choose to combine a laser lift with reduction or augmentation to enhance the results of surgery.
The Stevens method is designed to prevent “fallout,” or the drooping of the base of the breast after surgery, and to give your lift more longevity. The weight of your breast tissue and your activity level will also play a part in how long a mastopexy lasts. Women who engage in vigorous sports or who decide to breastfeed after a laser lift may have premature sagging. Skeptics say that because the laser bra is created from a woman’s skin, this support system will succumb to gravity just like any other human tissue. But proponents have found that the laser bra is a safe, effective way to provide additional reinforcement during breast enhancement surgery.
Will you be more satisfied with a laser bra lift than with a conventional mastopexy, breast reduction or augmentation? The answer will depend on your anatomy, your lifestyle and your personal preferences. To make an informed decision, consult several board certified plastic surgeons about your aesthetic goals.