Every woman wants to feel good about their appearance and breasts are a key body feature for most women, helping them to feel feminine, sexy and desirable. Although many women with smaller breasts opt for augmentation surgery to address their size, others and particularly those blessed with curvier chests often find that they are unhappy with the overall positioning of their breasts. This can lead to a lack of confidence, a feeling of inadequacy and a general dislike of their shape. A breast lift can provide the solution and help women to love themselves again.
Why choose a breast lift?
Breasts are made from soft tissue that is held in place by our skin. As we get older, our skin loses stretches and loses some of its elasticity, meaning that it is no longer as successful at supporting heavier breast tissue. Weight loss, pregnancy and breastfeeding can also impact on the size and positioning of breasts as the skin stretches to accommodate heavier breasts and fails to completely retract when the breasts become smaller.
Whether performed as a standalone procedure, or in conjunction with a breast augmentation, a breast lift can restore a perkier, firmer and more esthetically pleasing shape and positioning to sagging breasts.
What does breast lift surgery involve?
There are various types of breast lift, but all involve the removal of stretched skin that has lost elasticity, reshaping the breast tissue and improving the positioning of the nipple and areola. If the areolas have been stretched, this may also be addressed in order to give the breast a more natural and proportioned appearance.
Peri-areolar aka ‘donut’ lift
This type of lift is usually performed in conjunction with breast augmentation surgery and leaves just a single scar. If done as a standalone procedure, it is most suitable for correcting only mild sagging.
In the donut lift, an incision is only made around the edge of the areola, making the scar much less noticeable.
Vertical aka ‘lollipop’ lift
Most commonly used to correct moderate sagging, the lollipop lift gets its name from the positioning of the incisions – one around the areola and the other running from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold, creating a ‘stick’ to the lollipop. In a lollipop lift, more excess skin can be removed and the entire breast can be reshaped to look natural.
Inverted T aka ‘anchor’ lift
The most dramatic type of breast lift, an inverted T or anchor lift allows for the removal of considerable amounts of excess tissue and skin. It is most often recommended for patients who have large, pendulous breasts that will require extensive lifting and reshaping.
The anchor lift involves three incisions, two which make the lollipop shape described above and an additional cut along the inframammary fold hidden within the crease of the breast. The increased number of incisions means that scarring is more prominent, but should still fade over time.
Am I a suitable candidate for a breast lift?
Breast lift surgery is usually recommended for patients who:
- are unhappy with the shape and positioning of their breasts even whilst wearing a bra.
- have nipples that point downwards or sit below the crease of the breast due to sagging.
- have asymmetrical breasts.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, then it will be necessary for you to attend a consultation with Dr. LaBruna. During this time, you can discuss your reasons and goals for making a change to your breasts and decide together on the best way to achieve them.
Dr. LaBruna has been named as one of America’s top doctors and has more than 14 years’ experience in providing some of the highest quality cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries in the New York City area. With the knowledge and skill to perform exceptional transformations, why trust anyone else with your breast lift? To find out more about the procedure, or to book your initial consultation, simply call (212) 584-7001.