A breast lift is one of the more powerful procedures in my arsenal. It can not only help restore a youthful, perky contour to your chest, but I’ve seen these positive effects reverberate through a patient’s entire body, mind, and spirit. Many times, however, a patient is initially resistant to the idea of a breast lift out of an often unrealistic fear of scars on the breast. As a breast surgery expert for over 25 years, I have performed thousands of these procedures. This experience and training allow me to mitigate any scarring. Furthermore, most patients would say that the scar is well worth the trade-off for their new, improved chest. That is the transformative power of a breast lift.
Understanding Mammary Ptosis
Mammary ptosis is the medical term for drooping breasts. In my experience, there are really two categories:
- True ptosis
Lifestyle choices such as:
- Weight gain/loss
These can all stretch out the breast past the ability for your skin and tissues to bounce back. Combine this with the fact that your body naturally produces less collagen and elastin with age, and you may be finding that when you look in the mirror, your nipple is no longer centered on your chest wall. This is true ptosis.
Pseudoptosis has to do with the distribution of glandular tissue within your breast. Your nipple areolar complex may be centered, but you can simply have too much tissue in the bottom half of the breast, leaving the top half empty. This, in turn, throws off your proportion which may make you look heavier than you are.
Do You Need a Breast Lift?
Oftentimes, a patient will come in to discuss a breast augmentation when it turns out that what she really needs is a breast lift. So, how can you tell where you fall on that continuum? As discussed, it really comes down to the health and texture of the skin and tissues on your breast as well as the location of your nipple areolar complex. In general, if the nipple rests at or below the inframammary fold, which is the crease beneath your breasts, you could be a candidate for a breast lift. This can be a stand-alone procedure for those women with enough native breast volume, or I often combine a mastopexy or breast lift with a breast implant to deliver both lift and volume at once.
Benefits of a Breast Lift
Drooping breasts are detrimental to your body’s contour. All of that hanging volume on the top can make you look and feel dumpy. Patients are always amazed at how vibrant, energetic and confident they feel after a breast lift. The procedure will excise loose skin and tissue, tightening your breast envelope so that your nipple is centered, creating a lovely, perky shape to your breasts. I practice precise surgical techniques that minimize any pull on the incision lines in order to deliver the least conspicuous scar possible. Furthermore, there are great scar therapies today to further aid in this cause which can be particularly helpful for those patients who scar easily. It will take about a year for your scar to fully resolve, but, to be honest, most of my patients don’t even notice them. They are too happy enjoying their new breasts!
To find out more a breast lift with Dr. Mark Epstein in Hauppauge, Long Island, contact us today or call 631-689-1100 to schedule a consultation.