A Breast Lift, technically known as mastopexy, is designed for women who have experienced a loss of skin elasticity, gravity or other factors such as weight loss, pregnancy or breast-feeding that have ultimately affected the shape and firmness of their breasts. The procedure removes excess breast skin while shifting the nipple and areola to a higher position to reshape the breast.
If you are generally satisfied with the size of your breasts, you can have a Breast Lift to raise and firm them, resulting in a more youthful breast contour. If you feel you have lost a significant amount of breast volume over time, breast implants inserted in conjunction with a Breast Lift can increase your breast size while enhancing the shape and position of your breasts.
Breast Lift surgery will make your breasts firmer and more uplifted. Dr. Ruthie will take you through the individual factors, and your personal preferences, that will determine the specific technique selected to lift your breasts.
Is a Breast Lift Right for You?
Women typically choose breast lift surgery to restore a youthful appearance after the effects of aging, gravity or genetics have caused sagging.
A Breast Lift may be an option for you if:
- you have breasts that are pendulous, but of satisfactory size
- your breasts lack substance or firmness
- your nipples and areolas point downward or are positioned below the breast crease
- one breast has developed differently from the other, such that one breast is firm and well-positioned, while the other is not
A Breast Lift can be performed at any age, but usually it is recommended the procedure be performed after the breasts have fully developed. Breasts that are large and heavy can be lifted, but the results may not be as long lasting as when the procedure is done on smaller breasts. Dr. Ruthie will help you make the final decision on whether a Breast Lift surgery is right for you; however, the best candidates are healthy, have realistic expectations about the results and understand that the procedure does not permanently change the breast shape and firmness because of aging and other life changes.
Your Visit with Dr. Ruthie
During your consultation, Dr. Ruthie will examine your breasts, take measurements and discuss your goals for your desired outcome of breast shape and size. She will consider the unique attributes of your breasts, discuss with you how your nipples and areolas would be repositioned and inquire about any other improvements you would like to see to determine whether your goals can be realistically achieved. Dr. Ruthie will explain to you, in detail and with photographs, what the procedure will entail and what you can expect during recovery, as well as answer any questions or concerns you may have.
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history, including information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries, medications you currently take and results of any mammograms or previous biopsies. You should tell Dr. Ruthie if you are on a weight loss plan, and if you notice a reduction in breast size or sagging with weight loss. She may recommend you stabilize your weight prior to making a final decision about surgery.