Common Reasons Patients Seek a Breast Lift Surgery

Time, gravity, pregnancy, nursing and weight change can all have a less than desired effect on the appearance of a woman’s breasts. As part of the normal process of aging, skin will generally lose its elasticity and cause breasts to change shape, lose their firmness and sag. Many women decide to turn back the hands of time and age more gracefully by improving the look of their breasts with a breast lift surgery.

Breast lift surgery, also known as a mastopexy, can improve the breasts’ appearance by raising and reshaping sagging breasts. The surgery can also change the size, shape and position of the areola (nipple).

Women who have experienced a loss of breast volume due to aging, pregnancy, nursing or weight loss may decide to combine breast implants with their breast lift surgery. A woman who has excess breast volume can opt for a breast reduction surgery along with her breast lift.

The primary reason women elect to seek a breast revision surgery is to return flat and sagging breasts to their youthful shape and firmness. Sagging breasts can result from:

  • Aging.
  • Gravity.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding.
  • Hormonal fluctuations.
  • Weight gain and loss.
  • Genetics.

Sagging, also known as ptosis, results in the appearance of flattened, elongated breasts with an areola that may point down toward the ground. In some women, the areolae may become substantially enlarged over time, which can be reduced during a breast lift. A skilled surgeon can complete a breast lift that delivers a rejuvenated, uplifted breast shape and profile.

What Happens During a Breast Lift Surgery?

A breast lift must be tailored to each patient in order to provide the best outcomes in terms of:

  • Overall breast shape.
  • Location and appearance of scars.
  • Nipple sensation.
  • Preservation of lactation.
  • Longevity of the surgery’s outcome.

To correct the appearance of sagging and improve breast shape and perkiness, incisions are made to shape the breast, eliminate excess skin and reposition and resize the areola. Incisions usually extend around the areola, sometimes vertically down to the breast crease and occasionally, when necessary, extend into the breast crease. The amount of lift necessary will determine the scar length. The breast tissue is repositioned and tightened internally as well. The skin is then tightened and the breast is reshaped as the incisions are closed.

Dr. Stephanie Cohen and Dr. Rick Winters are experienced breast lift surgeons in Bergen County, N.J. Each breast lift surgery must be strategically managed to answer each patient’s individual physiology and desires. Doctors Cohen and Winters will help achieve a look that is natural with minimal scarring.

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?

The best candidates for breast lift surgery are women who live healthy lifestyles and have realistic expectations about what mastopexy can accomplish. Large fluctuations in weight or pregnancy after a mastopexy may have a detrimental result on the outcome. Women who wish to increase or decrease the size of their breasts may want to include implants or a breast reduction surgery within their procedure.

How Do I Select the Right Surgeon for Breast Lift Surgery?

Dr. Cohen and Dr. Winters are able to utilize their experience as reconstructive and aesthetic surgeons to deliver breast lift surgery results tailored to each patient’s unique physiology, needs and desires. At our practice, we believe in helping you find the surgeon who is right for you. We work with patients who understand that a trustful partnership with their surgeon will result in the best outcome.

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