I find that combining a breast lift with breast augmentation for Chicago area women often produces the best results. However, some women may be entirely content with a breast lift alone.
In order to help breast enhancement patients make informed decisions, consider the following aesthetic improvements that can be achieved as part of a breast lift (mastopexy):
- Lifted breasts: Based on the name of the procedure, this is one of the obvious results. Time, childbearing, breastfeeding or significant weight fluctuations can alter breast tissue. Breasts lose their elasticity and become stretched, resulting in a droopy appearance. During a breast lift, excess skin and tissue is removed, and the breasts are repositioned higher on the chest wall.
- Firmer breasts: Because excess breast tissue is removed and remaining tissue is re-shaped, the breasts will feel firmer and more youthful.
- Improved shape: As breasts lose their elasticity and sag, they lose their round, youthful shape. A natural-looking, youthful breast typically slopes gradually from the upper chest down to the nipple, with a full, rounded lower pole (below the nipple). A breast lift will improve the curve of the upper pole and the roundness of the lower pole of the breast, restoring a perkier, more desirable shape.
- Reduced areola size: Occasionally, when breasts stretch, the areola (the dark area surrounding the nipple) stretches as well. For women who do not like the appearance of enlarged areolas, a skilled cosmetic surgeon can reduce their size.
A breast lift does not enhance volume or increase size. Increasing the size of the breasts requires a breast augmentation procedure, which is usually done with saline or silicone-gel breast implants. Reducing the size and volume requires a breast reduction. In many cases, women will choose both a breast lift and breast augmentation, which can be performed during a single operative procedure.