Patients considering any form of aesthetic treatment or plastic surgery often wonder if they’re the right age for the procedure. These questions usually come from women or men considering facial rejuvenation, but some women ask what’s the best age for a breast lift. At my Columbia, MO, practice, the answer is that age isn’t really an important consideration for any procedure.
Why Get a Breast Lift?
Breasts sag for several reasons, but most breast lift patients have either had children or are seeing the effects of aging. In some cases, younger women who don’t have children might want breast lifts because of a genetic condition, but their breasts should be fully developed before undergoing plastic surgery.
Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lift surgery is a popular option for women of all ages who want to restore a youthful perkiness to their breasts. A breast lift, also called mastopexy, restores the shape and elevation to sagging breasts by removing skin and reshaping tissue. The incisions needed to perform the procedure vary depending on the severity of the sagging.
Most breast lift patients need an incision around the areola and a vertical incision down the center of the breast to the base. A horizontal incision along the base (creating an anchor shape) is necessary for patients with larger breasts and moderate to severe sagging.
Other Breast Lift Benefits
Even though restoring the breasts’ shape is the primary reason for women to get breast lifts, the procedure can be a good solution for other cosmetic concerns women may have. Breasts that are uneven can be made more symmetrical with a breast lift procedure. It can also raise the nipple position on the breasts, which is often too low on sagging breasts.
Implants Instead of Lift?
“Can I get the effects of a breast lift with breast implants?” I hear some variation of that question from women considering cosmetic breast surgery. In virtually all circumstances, the answer is “no.” That’s because breast implants add volume to the breasts, which can actually cause more sagging without a breast lift. In rare cases, breast implants can create the illusion of a lift for patients. Women concerned about sagging breasts who want also to increase breast size can combine a lift with breast augmentation.
If a woman considering a breast lift has children, I recommend that she postpone the procedure if she plans to get pregnant again. That’s because pregnancy and breastfeeding can undo the results of breast lift surgery.
Even though women are concerned about having incisions made on their breasts, you can see in before-and-after photos that it can be difficult to see scars after the procedure. Creams can help minimize scarring, but most scars fade naturally over time..
If you’re considering a breast lift, contact us using the online form to request a consultation or call our office at (573) 443-5500 to schedule an appointment to learn more about this procedure.