Each day, there are more and more women looking to improve the look and feeling of their breasts. Moreover, more women are finding better and permanent results with breast improvement procedures, after using temporary measures, like creams or new bras, with no results.
One of these common procedures is the breast lift, also known as mastopexia. It consists in elevating the breasts by removing excess skin and reshaping the breast tissue, in order to improve the shape and appearance.
The decision to have this cosmetic procedure should be entirely up to you, so if you’re interested in having it, take a look at this information which can help you prepare for this decision.
What is it and how is it performed?
As you get older, your breasts lose elasticity and firmness. With this cosmetic process you can reduce sagging and raise the position of the nipples. Even their size can be reduced during the procedure to maintain the proportion to the newly shaped breasts.
As with many other common cosmetic interventions, breast lifts follow the same procedure. It involves lifting and reshaping the breast tissue, repositioning the nipples to a more natural height, reducing the size of the areolas, if necessary, and removing excess breast skin.
It’s important to mention that a breast lift does not increase the size and volume of your breasts, as a breast augmentation. A breast lift does not involve implants on your breasts.
Main reasons for a breast lift
There are many reasons for a woman to choose this breast enhancement procedure. From pregnancy and breastfeeding to reverting the effects of age, the reasons to have it are diverse. Here’s a look at the most common ones.
During pregnancy, the ligaments that support your breasts stretch, because your breasts get fuller and heavier. This is a cause for having sagging breasts after the pregnancy and it doesn’t matter if you breastfeed your baby or not.
When your weight fluctuates considerably over short periods of time, as with the skin in other parts of your body, your breast skin stretches and loses elasticity, causing the same effect described with pregnancy.
The passing of time and the effect of gravity also have an effect on your breasts. Gravity causes the ligaments in the breasts to stretch and sag.
To summarize, you may want to get a breast lift if:
- Your breasts sag
- They’ve lost shape and volume
- They’ve gotten flatter and longer
- Your nipples fall below your breast creases
- Your nipples and areolae point downwards
- Your areolae have stretched out of proportion to your breasts
- One of your breasts falls lower than the other
Who’s a good candidate?
The first requirement is to be well informed about the procedure, how it’s done and its consequences. Being aware of all of this, you must be sure you want to have it performed on your breasts.
You also need to be in good physical health. This means that you should not have any infections, diseases or serious illnesses. If you were to have a chronic condition or have any health issue, you should definitely consult with your doctor if you can have this breast enhancement procedure.
In addition to physical health, you also need to have a good mental health. This breast procedure can modify your appearance permanently, so it’s necessary that you are mentally ready for this. You should also have realistic expectations about the the breast lift and not think that it will magically improve your life.
During the recovery period, you should be prepared to stop doing some activities that require physical effort. Some activities that involve heavy lifting are a definite “No” after the process. It would be wise to have someone help you with some tasks if needed.
Who’s not a good candidate?
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or are planning on doing it in the near future, should postpone this procedure. The stretching that happens during this period can reverse the effects of the breast lift.
This breast enhancement procedure requires a person with good health. Having an infection can interfere with the recovery process and cause some problems.
Naturally, someone with unrealistic expectations about the breast lift is not a good candidate for it. To avoid this, you need to do your own research about the steps of the procedure, the recovery process and the risks and consequences of it. Talking to your doctor about it is always recommended.
As we mentioned above, someone who’s not in a good state of mind or who has mental issues may also want to abstain from this breast improvement procedure, as it will permanently change her appearance.
Finally yet importantly, women who are not doing this procedure for themselves are not a good candidate. If you’re doing it to impress someone or to please your couple, even if they’re paying for the breast lift, you should definitely take a step back and reconsider your decision.
So, are you a good candidate?
This cosmetic procedure is a personal choice. If you want to know if you are a candidate for a breast lift, take this test to find out.
Being informed about each step of the procedure and its consequences is the first step in your decision making.
The information above can help you make a more accurate decision, a decision that you should definitely consult with your doctor.