youre considering a breast lift....
Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and the
force of gravity take their toll on a womans breasts.
As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their
shape and firmness and begin to sag. Breast lift, or mastopexy,
is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts
- at least, for a time. (No surgery can permanently delay the
effects of gravity.) Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the
areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. If your breasts
are small or have lost volume - for example, after pregnancy
- breast implants inserted in conjunction with mastopexy can
increase both their firmness and their size.
A breast lift can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence,
but it wont necessarily change your looks to match your
ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before
you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations
and discuss them with your surgeon.
The best candidates for mastopexy are healthy, emotionally stable
women who are realistic about what the surgery can accomplish.
The best results are usually achieved in women with small, sagging
breasts. Breasts of any size can be lifted, but the results
may not last as long in heavy breasts.
Many women seek mastopexy because pregnancy and nursing have
left them with stretched skin and less volume in their breasts.
However, if youre planning to have more children, it may
be a good idea to postpone your breast lift. While there are
no special risks that affect future pregnancies (for example,
mastopexy usually doesnt interfere with breast-feeding),
pregnancy is likely to stretch your breasts again and offset
the results of the procedure.