The appearance of a woman’s breasts change over time owing to loss of skin elasticity and gravity. Pregnancy, breastfeeding and even weight loss can affect the shape and firmness of the breasts.
Sometimes sagging of the breasts can be hereditary.
Mastopexy is the term used to refer to breast lift surgery. The surgeon removes excess skin from the breasts. The surrounding tissue is tightened to reshape and support the new contour. This raises and firms the breasts giving them a more youthful look. A breast lift also reduces the size of the areola which becomes enlarged over time.
Breast lifts do not require implants unless the patient wants to increase size as well.
Personal preference, body shape and other individual factors are considered while determining the technique to use during surgery. The most common method used involves making three incisions- one around the areola, another from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease under the breast. The third runs across beneath the breast. The surgeon then removes the excess skin and moves the nipple and areola to a higher position. The size of the areola can then be reduced.
Surgeons recommend that a woman waits until breast development has stopped before seeking surgery. Breast lift surgery does not usually affect a woman’s ability to breast feed. This is because the nipples and milk ducts remain attached during surgery. It also means sensation is not affected after the healing period is complete.