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Three Signs You May Need A Breast Lift

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If you like your figure in a bra, but when the bra comes off your breasts go south, you may want to consider breast lift surgery. Time, gravity, childbearing and weight loss can all contribute to the loosening of the breast skin and in some cases the loss of breast volume.  

What Happens During A Breast Lift?

Breast lift, also known as mastopexy simply removes the extra loose skin of the breast. Imagine if you will, taking fabric out of a bra that is too loose. There is almost no change in the size of the breast with a breast lift, only a few grams of skin is removed.

The nipple is moved to a higher location and the breast contents are put in a smaller package so to speak. There are different types of breast lifts, but the most powerful leaves a scar around the areola, down vertically from there and under the fold of the breast. Some patients refer to it as the anchor pattern. This pattern gives both a horizontal and vertical tightening of the breast and allows the most elevation of the nipple.

If a patient wants to restore volume, then breast implants can be added to a lift. If a patient wants to be smaller a reduction can be included with a full lift. Some patients will do better with some degree of reduction. Gravity wins, and the heavier the breast the more it will go south again.

The internet promotes some misconceptions that concern me, one is the pencil test. According to some, if you can hold a pencil under the fold of your breast then you need a breast lift, or your breast lift has failed.  It’s not all or nothing. A breast with a bit of droop is normal. Even a lifted breast will regain some droop. It’s just a matter of degree and setting honest expectations.

Another misconception is that a lifted breast will look like a breast that has had implants. Implanted breasts are full up top. A lifted breast will take on a more teardrop shape which is more natural.

Learn more: Breast Lift vs Implants: Pros and Cons of Both Procedures

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3 Signs You May Need A Breast Lift

Sign #1: Breast Crease Issues

Sagging breasts can cause several problems underneath the breasts. I tell my patients to look for rashes and infections, including, believe it or not – a yeast infection. A bra that doesn’t fit correctly can also cause issues underneath the breasts.

A lift or a reduction can help solve this issue.

Sign #2: Drooping Breasts Interrupt Your Lifestyle

For many of my patients, drooping breasts actually get in the way. For some intimacy issues are a problem.

Reduction in combination with a lift comes into play for many of my athletic patients. Take, for example, if you’re a runner. Having larger breasts might prevent you from continuing to run or participate in any other of your favorite sports or other physical activities.

I’m going to add clothing into the mix, as part of the lifestyle. Many of my patients who come in for a breast lift consultation say their large breasts keep them from fitting into many different types of tops/blouses. Their breasts don’t align with the rest of their body, making it difficult to buy certain pieces.  Lift with reduction is often the right choice here as well.

The converse is also true. For the patient that has lost volume adding an implant to a lift may help achieve the sense of balance they have lost.

Sign #3: Back, Neck, Shoulder & Posture Issues

Many of my patients complain about how their heavy, sagging breasts cause pain in their upper back, neck, and shoulders. Speaking of shoulders, tight bra straps can also cause pain in that area.

Heavy breasts can also cause your posture to get worse.

In such cases, a lift with breast volume reduction can lighten the load. Breast lift with reduction cannot solve all back issues but there is clear evidence for many that it is a step in the right direction.

Make An Appointment To Discuss A Breast Lift

If you can relate to any of the above issues, then you should make an appointment to come in and see me for a consultation to discuss a breast lift or any other type of breast surgery.

Breast surgeries are amongst the most common I perform, so I can help you determine if you are a good candidate. You can contact my team about a free consultation today.

April 4, 2019 2:40 pm
Categories: Breast Lift

Written by Dr. Adam Tattelbaum

Dr. Adam Tattelbaum is a highly skilled and compassionate plastic surgeon with over two decades of experience.

Double-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Tattelbaum believes in providing personalized patient care and customizes his treatment plans to suit the individual.

Dr. Tattelbaum's candid and realistic approach has earned him recognition, not only with his patients but in the Top Doctor lists of the Washingtonian and Bethesda magazines. He is also a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a mark of distinction in the field of cosmetic surgery.

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