The breast lift is a very popular plastic surgery procedure. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were more than 99,000 breast lift procedures performed by their member surgeons in 2015.
Breast lift is an ideal procedure for women who are concerned about sagging breasts. The surgery essentially lifts and reshapes the breasts, creating a more youthful, uplifted look. There are three common reasons women seek breast lift: following significant weight loss, after pregnancy and breastfeeding, or due to aging changes in the breasts.
Significant weight loss can happen through diet and exercise or with the help of bariatric surgery. With weight gain, the skin stretches. As the weight is lost, the skin may not be able to retract back to its normal taut shape. Any type of significant or extreme weight loss, or even fluctuations in weight, can result in saggy and loose skin. This can occur on many areas of the body, including the breasts.
When a large amount of weight is lost in the breast area, the breasts will naturally decrease in size. For some women, this may be a good thing. Excessively large breasts can cause a host of symptoms like back and neck pain, discomfort when exercising, bra strap indentations, skin irritation and more. All of these symptoms can improve when the weight of the breasts is decreased. Unfortunately, for some women, the excess skin that stretched with the extra weight may not be able to retract to the smaller size. This can result in sagging or pendulous breasts which can negatively impact a woman’s self-esteem and still prove problematic.
The breast lift can be performed after significant weight loss to return the breasts to a more youthful, perky appearance. This can dramatically boost a woman’s self confidence.
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
As rewarding as motherhood can be, pregnancy and breastfeeding can take a toll on the body. The breasts may get bigger with the excess weight of pregnancy, and they may swell with breastfeeding. Once breastfeeding is over, many women find that their breasts shrink significantly. Often the breast skin will retract to its original shape, but sometimes the skin does not and the breasts are left looking saggy, empty and droopy.
The breast lift is a common procedure performed on women following pregnancy and breastfeeding to help them achieve a more youthful and lifted appearance to the breasts. For many women, getting a breast lift after pregnancy is the jump-start they need to benefit their lives and to help them live a healthy and confident life they desire. Often times the breast lift is performed as part of a Mommy Makeover along with other techniques like the tummy tuck or liposuction. A consultation with Dr. Steinbrech is the best way to determine if you are a candidate for a breast lift or Mommy Makeover.
The Effects of Aging on a Woman’s Body
Aging is inevitable. Over time, the effects of aging and gravity take a toll on the body. In the breasts, collagen and elasticity in the skin may diminish. Combined with gravitational forces, this can lead to breast ptosis, or breasts which hang or droop. This often begins to happen in women in their forties.
While you can do many things to look and feel young as the years go on, the breasts may need a little help. A good push-up bra can go a long way, but breast lift surgery can go even further. For women looking to retain or maintain a more lifted and youthful appearance to the breasts as they age, the breast lift can be the perfect solution. The breast lift will allow a woman to have the perky breasts they had through their younger years.
Considering a Breast Lift?
If you’re considering a breast lift, a consultation with Dr. Steinbrech is a great first step. During this appointment, the doctor will discuss your concerns and expectations, evaluate your breasts, and review your medical history. He will then recommend a treatment course to help you achieve your goals.
If you are interested in starting this new and exciting journey with Dr. Steinbrech, you can contact his office at 212-750-0070 and schedule a consultation appointment today.