Sadly gravity will impact breast tissue over time for men as well as women. Women generally require a breast lift while men usually require a male breast reduction. These procedures address the effects of passing time, long-term gravity, hormonal changes related to ageing and weight fluctuations or obesity.
So how do you know when it’s time for a breast lift surgery? You may be a good candidate for a breast lift surgery if you answer yes to the following questions:
Are your breasts lower, or less firm (or perky) than they used to be?
Have childbirth, breastfeeding, weight changes or passing time caused your breasts to noticeably sag and droop?
Are you unhappy with the location of your nipples?
Do you dislike how your nipples look (larger, stretched, uneven or just pointing southward)?
Is your skin losing collagen and firmness in places of your body, face or breast area?
Do you feel your breast skin looks crepe-like or empty?
Have you formerly had implants and they are sitting lower than you’d like?
What Are My Breast Lift Options?
There are a number of breast lift options available, which we will discuss below. These include:
Mastopexy Augmentation – a breast lift with implants
The important thing is to get a harmonious look that blends in naturally with your entire body frame. When you feel it is time for a breast lift, there are some popular options to consider:
Breast Lift Surgery: With or Without Implants?
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A breast lift is a surgery that helps re-position your existing breast tissue. This is done by lifting and tightening the skin in your breast and repositioning the nipples. On its own, a mastopexy procedure does not significantly change the size or shape of the breasts. If you want an increase in size, you may want to combine your breast lift with breast implants. A breast lift without implants usually requires adequate breast tissue and good skin elasticity to get a good result.
Results of the surgery generally depend on:
Your existing breast tissue
Skin health or elasticity
Your preferences in terms of shape, size and position
Breast Lift Without Implants
A breast lift without implants will leave you with similar-sized breasts, relocated higher on the chest. Good results do depend on what you’re starting with and how well you follow the preparation and post-op instructions. Maintaining your results depends on maintaining a stable weight, healthy eating and a good, supportive bra.
Breast Lift Surgery With Implants – Mastopexy Augmentation
Some women get the greatest value out of a lift if they also opt for breast augmentation. This can help refill the breast in the case of thin, sagging skin or very droopy breasts.
A breast lift with augmentation gives you uplift and a larger breast cup size. It can also help you gain a bit of cleavage or roundness to the shape of your breast.
Breast Lift Surgery: With or Without a Breast Reduction?
Another option is a breast reduction with a lift. This lifts the breast and re-positions the nipple. It is a great option for women with large, cumbersome breasts that have sagged over the years.
Changing the Shape, Size, or Position of the Nipples with Surgery
Many women end up finding their nipples start pointing downwards as their breasts begin to sag. A breast lift not only lifts the breasts, it can also adjust or correct issues with the nipples, including:
Disproportionate nipples (size or location)
Enlarged or over-stretched nipples
Severe sagging from lost collagen and breast tissue volume will create empty-looking breasts. This can even cause your nipples to point straight downwards towards the ground. A breast lift with nipple relocation can restore your breasts and nipples to a more natural position. Breast surgery cannot turn back the clock, but it can help reverse some major signs of ageing. This is done by:
Reducing sagging skin (skin tightening)
Changing the nipple appearance to make it look more proportionate to the entire breast
Re-positioning the nipples higher on the chest
If your breasts match any of the above, then it is time for a breast lift.
What to Expect After a Breast Lift
After a breast lift, you will need to take time away from normal activities. This includes picking up objects, driving, and looking after pets and children. Recovery can take several weeks but depending on your job or activities, you may resume some activities as Dr Barnett advises. More strenuous activities may take several weeks to several months.
Gravity, skin collagen losses, weight fluctuations and changing BMIs or muscle-to-fat rations will always remain a factor in how good your breasts look over time. It is also extremely important to choose a highly experienced surgeon who can give you great, long-term results. You’ll know you’re in experienced hands with the caring, communicative and patient-focused Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Barnett. With over 25 years of specialist breast surgery experience, Dr Geoff Barnett is one of Melbourne’s leading plastic surgeons. Dr Barnett has helped hundreds of women get long-lasting breast lift results; alleviating the sagging look of lax-breast tissues.
He operates at accredited major hospitals in the Melbourne area and only uses highly-experienced anaesthetists. His top surgical support team help ensure your surgery journey is as stress-free as possible.
Do You Think It’s Time For a Breast Lift?
What to do next?
Our Patient coordinators can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 8am-6pm, Monday – Friday.