When it comes to cosmetic breast treatments, implants tend to get all the attention. But some women want to lift and firm their bosom without going up in cup size. For these women, a breast lift can be ideal. A breast lift can perk up a bosom and give the patient a more youthful silhouette. Best of all, this treatment can offer long-lasting results. It’s one of the many services offered at Real Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in Moonee Ponds, VIC.
How Does a Breast Lift Work?
Over time, a woman’s breasts lose their shape and firmness. This may happen as a result of pregnancy and breastfeeding, weight loss, or poor support during exercise. A softening of the bosom is also a very normal part of the aging process. A breast lift may help firm up the breasts and restore them to a more elevated position on the chest.
During a breast lift, which is also known as a mastopexy, excess skin may be removed and the patient’s existing breast tissue may be reshaped. In some cases, the nipple may also be repositioned on the breast. Patients who have had a lift often enjoy breasts that are perkier, more shapely, and that sit higher on the chest. Tightening and lifting the breasts can improve the balance and contour of a patient’s entire silhouette.
How Long Does a Breast Lift Last?
In addition to the cosmetic improvement it offers, one of the big advantages of this treatment is long-lasting results. This treatment represents a permanent reshaping of the breast tissue. Of course, your body will continue to age and evolve, and gravity and other factors may take a toll. But as long as you take care of your body, you should be able to enjoy your results for years to come. One thing you can do to extend your results is to maintain a healthy weight. Large fluctuations in your weight can contribute to softening in the bosom.
How Does a Lift Differ From Implants?
Both treatments can improve the shape and appearance of the breasts, but implants may also increase the size of the bosom, while a lift will not. After a lift, some patients may notice that their breasts appear larger simply because the bosom is more shapely and better positioned. But lifts don’t increase a patient’s cup size. It is possible, however, to incorporate implants into a breast lift, a combination that can give patients the best of both treatments.
Can a Lift Help With Breast Reconstruction?
A lift can play a role in breast reconstruction. One of the treatments our practice offers is breast reconstruction, which can be helpful to patients who have lost one or both breasts due to mastectomy or trauma. In some cases, and depending on the patient’s needs, we can combine breast reconstruction with a lift.
Can a Lift Improve the Shape of Larger Breasts?
Breast lifts can be an effective option for women with large breasts. For some patients, combining a lift with breast reduction treatment can improve the look of the chest while also alleviating some of the discomfort associated with a heavy bosom.
What Can I Expect During Treatment?
At the start of your treatment, we’ll make a few light marks on the breasts that will serve as guides for us during your lift. During this treatment, which is performed under anesthesia, we’ll make incisions that allow us to remove extra skin and reshape the breast tissue.
Incisions may be made around the nipple, straight down the breast, and then horizontally along the fold beneath the breast. But for some patients, the horizontal incision is not needed, and in still other patients, only the incision around the nipple may be necessary.
We will develop a custom plan for your treatment that gives you the desired results, and we’ll talk with you in advance about the incision pattern that will be used.
What Is Recovery Like?
The treatment is usually performed on an outpatient basis, so you should be able to head home the same day. We’ll provide you with specific guidance based on the extent of your treatment, but most patients plan on spending a couple of days resting at home before resuming their normal activities.
What Are the Advantages of Undergoing a Lift?
Women are increasingly turning to lifts to improve the appearance of their bosom. The advantages associated with this treatment range from a more youthful silhouette to perkier breasts.
A More Balanced Silhouette
When the breasts began to sit lower on the chest, they can change a patient’s silhouette. Lifting them back into the proper position on the chest can help the body appear more balanced, youthful, and attractive.
More Shapely Breasts
Breasts that have begun to soften and lose shape often take on a tubular look. A lift can restore them to a more natural, full shape and give them new firmness.
No More Chafing
Chafing under and around the breasts usually has to do with excess skin. A lift usually gets rid of that excess skin and tightens the chest area, cutting down on the irritation.
Exercising Will Be More Comfortable
Once a lift has gotten rid of excess skin in the chest area, most patients find that athletic and supportive undergarments are more effective and working out becomes much more comfortable. Many patients find themselves taking on more active lifestyles, whether that involves regular gym workouts or simply spending more time walking. Everyday activities, like putting away the groceries or chasing the grandchildren, also become easier.
You’ll Feel Great About Yourself
A lift can give you a body you’ll feel good about. Most patients say they get a boost in self-confidence after this treatment. Getting dressed in the morning will be fun again as you find yourself reaching for halter tops and backless dresses you haven’t worn in years.
The permanence of the results is another key advantage of a lift. You’ll love your results, and you’ll be able to enjoy them for a lifetime. Patients also appreciate the convenience of this treatment and the fact that it doesn’t require an overnight hospital stay.
Answering Your Breast Lift Questions
If you’re considering a lift, you’re probably wondering about various aspects of the treatment. Here are answers to some of the questions we hear most often:
Can a Lift Help Asymmetrical Breasts?
A bosom that appears asymmetrical isn’t always because the breasts themselves are different. Asymmetry in the chest wall or scoliosis, a condition in which the spine is curved, can also contribute to the appearance of breast imbalance. As long as the asymmetry is the result of the breasts themselves being different, a lift may be able to help.
Should I Wait Until After Pregnancy to Get a Lift?
If you’re planning to become pregnant in the next year or two, it might be wise to postpone a lift. Pregnancy can change the breasts, and it may alter the results you achieved through a lift.
Can I Breastfeed if I’ve Had a Lift?
As long as the nipple is still attached to the underlying breast tissue, you should have no difficulty breastfeeding.
How Can I Tell if a Lift Would Help?
Nipples that naturally rest lower than the fold under the breast and an areola that has become stretched out are both quick signs that a lift treatment might be beneficial for you. The pencil test is another popular at-home way of determining if your bosom needs a lift. Place a pencil beneath the breast, and if it remains in place without being held, that may be a sign that a lift could help.
Can I Do Anything to Keep My Breasts Firm and Shapely?
Several factors can cause the breasts to soften and fall into a lower position, including genetics, weight fluctuations, and the aging process. Women who naturally have larger breasts may also be predisposed to this type of softening. It’s hard to completely ward off softening, but there are a couple of steps you can take to keep your breasts as healthy as possible. Maintaining a healthy weight, refraining from smoking, and living a healthy lifestyle can all help.
Am I a Candidate?
If you’re interested in finding out if you’re a candidate for this treatment, the first step is to schedule a consultation with Mr. Stephen Salerno. Mr. Salerno earned his medical degree from Monash University and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. During your consultation, Mr. Salerno will review your medical history and talk with you about your cosmetic concerns and goals. He will help you determine if a lift is the right step for you. There are several initial signs that you may be an especially good candidate:
The ideal candidate is in good general health and has healthy breasts. The patient should not have breast cancer or Cellulitis, an infection in the soft tissue of the breast. It helps if the patient is a non-smoker who doesn’t have uncontrolled Diabetes or bleeding or clotting problems.
Your Breasts Are Fully Developed
This treatment is reserved for patients who have fully developed breasts, which usually happens by the time a woman reaches the age of 20.
You’re Concerned About the Shape and Firmness of Your Breasts
Just about any patient who has experienced some softening of the breasts can be considered for this treatment. Some patients pursue a lift because they want to perk up their bosom after their child-bearing years. Others have lost a significant amount of weight and now need help tightening up their breasts. Patients also turn to lifts when they begin to experience normal, age-related breast softening and want to take action to retain a youthful silhouette.
You’re Not Interested in Implants
Not every patient is a good candidate for breast implants, and not every patient wants implants. If you’d like to improve the appearance of your bosom without using implants, a lift can be a nice option to pursue. It’s important to remember that a lift won’t increase the size of the breast, but it can still notably improve its shape and appearance.
Your Bosom Is Uneven
If your breasts are unevenly shaped or sit in slightly different positions on the chest, a lift may be able to help. Although this treatment won’t increase the size of the breasts, it can reshape tissue in a way that helps the breasts appear more similar.
You Can Maintain a Healthy Weight
Since a significant shift in your weight can influence your results, the best candidates are capable of maintaining a healthy and consistent weight.
Take the First Step Today
Have pregnancies, weight fluctuations, and the natural aging process caused your breasts to lose their contour and firmness? A breast lift can reshape and lift your bosom for a more natural, youthful look. To learn more, visit Real Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in Moonee Ponds, VIC today!