Breast sagging is among the most natural changes noticeable in a woman’s body as she continues to age. Breasts are basically made up of ligaments and fat and are devoid of any muscle tissue. Because of this, there isn’t any exercise which can help in strengthening and uplifting a woman’s sagging breasts.
Here are the most common reasons for breast sag:
- Gravitational pull
- Insufficient or improper support
- The aging process
- Weight gain
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is extremely helpful in addressing sagging breasts. It works by getting rid of the excess skin on the breasts and tightening the remaining tissue. This in turn allows the reshaping and supporting of the newly formed breast contours.
It is important to understand that a breast lift surgery is not intended to bring about a significant change in the breast size. For those who wish for their breasts to appear fuller, it might be a good idea to opt for a breast augmentation surgery in conjunction with a breast lift.
The final objective of a breast lift surgery is to restore the youthful appearance of your breasts, both by reshaping and lifting.
Breast lift surgery involves repositioning the nipple-areolar complex higher on the chest wall. The mastopexy procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis. This means that there is no need to stay overnight at the hospital or clinical facility. The mastopexy procedure usually takes close to three hours and is performed under general anesthesia.
There are basically three types of incisions that can be made for a breast lift surgery:
- Around the areola
- Around the areola and then vertically down to the crease of the breast
- Around the areola, vertically down to the crease of the breast, and then along the crease in a horizontal curve
After making the incisions, your plastic surgeon will lift the underlying tissue and reshape it to improve the firmness and overall contours of your breast. The surgeon will then reposition the areola and nipple to a more youthful and natural height and reduce the enlarged areolae (if necessary) by trimming the skin around the perimeter.
Once the procedure is complete, the incisions are stitched closed. Your doctor may place small drains in the newly shaped breasts for a few days to carry out excess fluid.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Mastopexy?
Below are a few signs which indicate that you may be a suitable candidate for mastopexy surgery:
- Your breasts lack firmness.
- Your areolae and nipples point downward and may even be positioned under your breast crease.
- Your breasts appear droopy and heavy after childbirth and breastfeeding.
- You have gained or lost extreme amounts of weight, and as a result of this, your breasts have begun to sag.
Find Out More About Mastopexy Surgery
Dr. David Dellinger, a well-respected double-board-certified plastic surgeon with numerous satisfied patients, will be available to meet for a consultation at our office. Arrange a mastopexy consultation by contacting our office today.