No matter your age, no woman wants drooping breasts; they’re uncomfortable and unattractive. But plastic surgery can transform your breasts and make them look perkier and younger than ever.
If your breasts are sagging because of weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or aging, a Beverly Hills breast lift can make them look great again.
There are several surgical techniques your surgeon can use during a breast lift that are outlined below. Each method has advantages and disadvantages, so your surgeon will help you decide your best option.
Why Get A Breast Lift?
A breast lift will give your breast a more pleasing shape and feel to improve your overall appearance. This popular procedure also can make it easier to find comfortable bras and swimsuits.
The procedure involves removing excess skin to bring the breasts higher, and stretched areolae also can be reduced during surgery.
Common reasons women choose a breast lift include:
- To restore the appearance of the breasts after breastfeeding and pregnancy: Having children is lovely, but it can change the breasts. Often after pregnancy, breasts become stretched out and can appear saggy.
- To enhance the breasts after weight loss: Losing a lot of weight often means losing breast volume, which can cause them to look deflated. A breast lift will make them look younger and more proportional as it removes stretched skin.
- To enjoy younger, perkier breasts for the first time: Some women have had sagging breasts since adolescence, and a breast lift can help them have the appearance they always dreamed of.
How Do You Know If You Need A Breast Lift?
The only way to know for sure is to meet with your plastic surgeon. But there are a few questions you can ask yourself that can indicate if you need a breast lift:
The most common types of breast lift procedures are:
- Are my nipples pointing downward? If the skin at the bottom of the breast sags, the weight of the tissue will pull the nipple down. The breast lift will make the nipples face forward again.
- Do my nipples sit below the crease of the breast? A key indicator is whether the nipple and areola position is below the breast crease. You can check by putting a sheet of paper under the breast, so it’s against the crease. If the nipples are below the top of the piece of paper, you may need a lift.
- Do I like the size of my breasts: A breast lift will correct most sagging, but it won’t change your breast size. If you want them to look bigger, you will probably need breast augmentation, too.
- Is one breast larger than the other: Many women have a bigger breast than the other, and a breast lift can also address this issue.
Lollipop Breast Lift
This procedure is named a lollipop lift because of the form of the incision on the breast. First, your surgeon makes a round incision around the areola and then a single straight incision down to the crease of your breast.
This is the oldest type of breast lift suitable for a woman who needs to correct a moderate amount of drooping. Also, you may consider the lollipop technique if you don’t want Beverly Hills breast augmentation along with the lift.
Donut Breast Lift
This technique is often used for those with moderate to mild sagging. One advantage of the donut method is it’s somewhat non-invasive and involves one round incision around the areola.
This technique is also called a Benelli breast lift, and it repositions your nipple and areola higher on the breast while making the skin tighter.
This breast lift method can be used with implants to decrease sagging and increase volume, even if you have a lot of sagging.
Anchor Breast Lift
This lift is used on women with a lot of sagging and where a less invasive procedure won’t do the job. It’s similar to the lollipop lift, but this procedure offers another horizontal incision on the crease of your breast.
This lift may be combined with breast reduction surgery to decrease the breast volume and reshape the chest. It’s the ideal choice for women who require a significant breast lift.
Crescent Breast Lift
This procedure isn’t as invasive as the donut lift and only uses a semi-circular incision on the top of the areola. It’s usually the choice for a patient with a mild amount of breast sagging.
The crescent lift is usually done with breast augmentation and is an excellent choice to tweak the appearance of the areola and nipple.
Scarless Breast Lift
There are a few cases where the patient can have a ‘scarless’ breast lift. This refers to several methods that can be used to raise the breasts with fewer incisions.
Some plastic surgeons may offer skin tightening, laser liposuction, and barbed sutures to raise the breasts with virtually less scarring.
However, remember these alternative procedures still require you to have incisions, so it’s not exactly a ‘scarless’ lift.
These options are best for women with minor sagging, so they aren’t appropriate for patients who need a significant lift.
Which Breast Lift Is For You?
You should talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon with skill and experience in that specialty for any plastic surgery procedure. The first step to having a breast lift is setting up a consultation with your plastic surgeon.
During this meeting, your surgeon will talk to you about your goals and conduct a physical examination to determine how much lift you need for ideal results.
Request A Breast Lift Consultation
Thinking about a breast lift in Beverly Hills? Dr. Nicholas Lahar is pleased to provide plastic surgery procedures to his Beverly Hills patients. He will discuss your aesthetic goals during your consultation and help you decide if having a breast lift is right for you.
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