Among the many reasons women choose to undergo a breast lift procedure (mastopexy), self-esteem ranks as number one. Feeling confident about your appearance sets the stage for a list of other benefits. Some are obvious, and some may surprise you. Let’s take a look.
Feeling “uplifted”A breast lift corrects drooping, sagging breasts. Aging, pregnancy, childbirth, weight loss, and more can cause breasts to lose volume and elasticity. Although support bras are helpful, they are not practical with low cut blouses or dresses, and especially problematic at the beach or pool. A breast lift solves the problem by removing excess skin and lifting the breasts to a more youthful position. A fringe benefit is that the treatment also improves breast shape and symmetry.
More attractive areolas and nipplesAnother breast lift benefit is improvement in the appearance of your areolas – those pigmented rings surrounding your nipples. Severely sagging breasts can cause nipples to point downward, surrounded by enlarged and stretched out areolas. During a breast lift, Dr. Draper can reduce excess tissue around the areolas, bringing back a more youthful shape. Your nipples and areola are lifted to a higher position, restoring their youthful “perkiness.”
Eliminate chafing and irritationDrooping, sagging breasts can rub against your ribs and underarms, resulting in chafing, rashes, and even skin infections if left untreated. A breast lift corrects this problem, ending rubbing and chafing, and making the area easier to clean during showers and baths.
Improved physical activityLet’s be blunt here. Do you have large, sagging breasts? When was the last time you could enjoy physical activities like running, jumping, or fast walking? Severe breast droop may even affect your posture, adding extra downward weight that can cause back strain. A breast lift removes the sagging, improving your freedom of movement and restoring your ability to participate in greater physical activity.
Better clothing optionsDo you wear loose, shapeless clothing to hide the droopiness of your breasts? Do you feel the need to hide your body shape in oversized blouses? A breast lift gives you firm, shapely breasts, allowing you to choose clothing styles you’ve been avoiding. Now you can choose clothes that flatter your figure.
Reduced back and neck discomfortLarge, sagging breasts can be a trigger for back and neck tension. A breast lift can help relieve gravity’s stress and, in some cases, women have reported that it reduced pain and discomfort in those areas.
Regain your youthful appearanceAging causes noticeable changes to your breasts. Skin surrounding the breasts begins to stretch, muscles loosen, and breast volume is reduced, resulting in sagging and drooping. Childbirth and breastfeeding add to the problem. Breasts increase in size and shape during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and in many cases never return to their original appearance. If you want to reverse the effects of pregnancy or roll back the droopiness of aging, a breast lift can tighten the skin and muscles of your breasts, restoring their youthful appearance. Before making this choice, be sure that you are not planning to have any more children, since additional pregnancies can affect the results of the procedure.
Putting it all togetherAs discussed previously, a breast lift reshapes and redistributes breasts by removing excess skin, tightening surrounding tissue, repositioning nipples, and reducing and reshaping areolas. The result is a more youthful, uplifted profile. However, a breast lift will not add volume to your existing breasts. If you are looking for larger, more voluptuous breasts, you need to consider breast augmentation. The two procedures also can be combined for dramatic results.
Request a consultationWould you benefit from a breast lift, breast augmentation, or a combination of the two? Contact Dr. Draper at Asheville Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for a consultation, and find out how you can boost your confidence by restoring your vibrant, youthful physique.
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