Breast implant surgery is the most popular plastic surgical procedure performed but breast size is not always the main consideration. For this reason there are also other forms of breast surgery available for those who do not necessarily want larger breasts, just better ones. A breast lift is one such procedure.
A breast lift or Mastopexy is the surgical procedure to correct, or make more equal, the size, contour, and elevation of sagging breasts. A breast lift can be performed for a variety of reasons:
- Physical: if too large breasts are causing pain or following breast cancer, or some other damage in the breast area.
- Aesthetic: for example if one breast is noticeably smaller than the other, a breast lift can make them equal in size, giving a more in proportion, and even, bust silhouette.
- Psychological: where breast dimensions, shape or general appearance is connected to lack of body confidence and self-esteem issues.
The lifting of sagging breasts is carried out by the cutting and removal of excess tissue and over-stretched suspensory ligaments. Breast lift surgery raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour.
A woman’s breasts often change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness. These changes and loss of skin elasticity can result from:
- Weight fluctuations
Breast lift surgery does not significantly change the size of your breasts or round out the upper part of your breast. If you want your breasts to look fuller, consider breast lift and augmentation surgery. If you want smaller breasts, consider combining breast lift and reduction surgery.
- You are physically healthy and maintain a stable weight
- You do not smoke
- You have realistic expectations
- You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts sag, have lost shape and volume
- Your breasts have a flatter, elongated shape or are droopy
- When unsupported, your nipples fall below the breast crease
- Your nipples and areolas point downward
- You have stretched skin and enlarged areolas
- One breast is lower than the other
When considering breast augmentation and breast implants, we often forget to consider the nipple. At the center of the breast, the nipple is as vulnerable as the breast itself when it comes to distortion and stretching due to stresses put on the body. Conversely, breast augmentation procedures also affect the nipples and sometimes it is necessary for the nipples to be treated with cosmetic surgery in order to achieve the desired results.
For some women who choose breast enlargement, be it a breast augmentation or breast implants, they desire that their nipples also be enlarged in order to remain proportionate to the breasts. Nipple enlargement procedures usually use tissue grafting by taking fat tissue from another area of the body then using it to re-sculpt the nipples. This is an in-office treatment that can reverse inverse nipples, increase or decrease projection and make the nipple more erect in order to increase the appearance of perkiness. Nipple enlargement procedures usually cost around $1500, and though the recovery is not as strenuous as other cosmetic surgeries, one can expect to wear a support bra for several weeks after the nipple enlargement.
Nipple reduction is a far more common procedure than nipple enlargement. Many women opt for this treatment when undergoing breast augmentation because the conditions that have distorted their breasts over the years have also had an effect on their nipples as well. During a nipple reduction, excess skin of the areola is removed to re-contour the shape of the nipples to make them proportionate to the breasts’ size and shape. Perkiness and symmetry is easily restored during this procedure. The cost will usually be between $1000 and $1500, however, when carried out as a complementary procedure, sometimes the cost is reduced. When done alone, the surgery takes less than an hour and requires very little recovery.
When deciding whether breast augmentation or breast implants are right for you, it is important to consider the affect of the procedure on your nipples. Make an informed decision about cosmetic surgery is the key to achieving your desired results.