At Watt Plastic Surgery in Tampa, we offer breast lift surgery as a solution to aesthetic breast concerns. Learn more about the benefits of a breast lift procedure below.
What Is a Breast Lift?
The technical term for a breast lift is mastopexy. It’s a surgical treatment used to raise and reshape the breasts.
In a breast lift procedure, excess skin is removed from the breast area. The breast tissue is then reshaped and repositioned to set the breasts in a higher position. A breast lift also involves tightening the tissue surrounding the skin to support the new contour of the breasts.
A breast lift is a cosmetic procedure. Women may consider having a breast lift procedure to boost their self-confidence or achieve their cosmetic goals. A breast lift may also be used to offset sagging breasts, nipples that point downward, or even enlarged areolas.
There are multiple natural factors that can cause sagging breasts, including:
- Aging skin
Breasts lose their firm, flexible quality with age, often taking on a sagging or drooping appearance. This is in part due to the fact that our skin becomes thinner and less elastic as we age.
Gravity pulls down on the breasts. Over time, this can lead to stretched ligaments in the breasts, causing a drooped appearance.
- Changes in weight
Fluctuations in weight can change the size of your breasts. When breasts become larger due to weight gain, the breast skin becomes stretched. Stretched or loose breast skin can cause the breasts to sag.
Breasts become fuller, larger, and heavier during pregnancy. This causes the ligaments that support the breasts to stretch, creating a sagging appearance.
- Genetic factors
Your genetics may, to some degree, impact the elasticity of your skin. Some people are more prone than others to a loss of elasticity in the skin with age.
What Are the Benefits of a Breast Lift?
A breast lift procedure may provide benefits to interested patients, including:
- Tight, lifted breasts have a youthful, flattering appearance.
- A breast lift procedure will improve the look of your breasts without significantly changing their size.
- A breast lift procedure can improve the symmetry of your breasts.
- A breast lift may improve your self-esteem and body image.
- Improvement in the appearance of your breasts can be seen immediately after the procedure.
What Can I Expect After a Breast Lift?
After a breast lift procedure, you’ll likely be advised to take prescription pain medications to manage discomfort. Swelling and bruising from the procedure typically lasts for around two weeks, while numbness in the breasts may last for six weeks.
You should avoid certain physical activities after a breast lift, including lifting and bending. It’s recommended to sleep on your back or side, rather than your stomach, to avoid pressure on the breasts. You should also avoid sexual activity for about one to two weeks after a breast lift.
Contact Watt Plastic Surgery today to learn if a breast lift procedure could help you reach your aesthetic goals.