After pregnancy, losing weight, or just growing older, breasts can start to sag. They may lose their firmness, causing the nipples to point downward, or they may become asymmetrical.
While breast lift surgery offers a viable solution to sagging breasts, the numerous myths and misconceptions about the procedure can lead to confusion and unrealistic expectations.
If you’re seeking a breast lift in Beverly Hills, CA, it’s critical to work with an experienced, board-certified surgeon. Our team at Kadz Plastic Surgery will ensure that you achieve your desired results.
Learn how to separate fact from fiction when it comes to breast lift procedures.
Myth 1: Breast Augmentation and Breast Lifts Are the Same
Fact: While breast augmentation can include a breast lift, the two procedures differ. Breast augmentation aims to add volume through implants or a fat transfer. In contrast, a breast lift raises the entire breast, realigning the nipple into a forward position.
Some patients opt to add a breast lift to their augmentation surgery, adding volume and fullness to the breasts while improving their shape and increasing fullness.
Myth 2: Exercise Can Lift Your Breasts
Fact: While exercise is essential to maintaining your health, it cannot lift your breasts back to their original placement. Sagging breasts result from skin laxity, often caused by pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, genetics, and dramatic weight loss.
Myth 3: Breast Lifts Cause Major Scarring
Fact: All surgical procedures leave scars. However, when a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon performs your operation using minimal incisions placed in your skin’s natural creases, the scarring is inconspicuous and typically only noticeable when you look for it.
Myth 4: Breast Lift Procedures Increase Your Breast Size
Fact: Breast augmentation increases the size and volume of the breasts. In contrast, breast lift surgery changes the shape and projection of your breasts, causing them to look firmer, perkier, and more youthful.
Many patients’ breasts appear larger after breast lift surgery. Post-surgery swelling can cause the breasts to increase in size temporarily. Breast enlargement through swelling reduces a few weeks after your procedure.
Generally, a breast lift procedure slightly reduces your breast size. To lift and reshape your breasts, we need to remove excess breast skin to manage elasticity loss that causes sagging.
Additionally, we may remove the skin around enlarged areolas to reduce your nipple size. These adjustments to the breasts’ shape can reduce their overall size. If you hope to maintain or increase your breast size while also lifting your breasts, you may opt to undergo a breast lift that includes implants or a fat transfer.
Myth 5: Breast Lift Surgery Results in Permanently Youthful Breasts
Fact: Breast lift procedures can’t stop you from aging. As skin ages, it naturally loses its elasticity and firmness, becoming more susceptible to the effects of gravity. So although breast lift surgery creates shapelier, more youthful-looking breasts by removing excess skin, the remaining skin will continue to age.
However, most breast lift patients remain happy with their results for at least the next ten years. Additionally, their breasts continue to display a more youthful appearance, even as they age.
Myth 6: You Can Resume Your Regular Activities Immediately After Surgery
Fact: You will have some limitations after surgery, but you should be up and moving that day. After your procedure, walking around is essential. Moving after your surgery decreases the occurrence of blood clots and helps you to recover faster.
However, we advise patients to avoid alcohol and smoking before and after breast lift surgery to promote healing. In addition, while walking, cooking, shopping, and other daily activities are fine, you’ll need to wait four weeks before resuming your exercise routine.
Myth 7: Breast Lift Surgery Is Only for Older Women
Fact: Age is not the deciding factor in whether breast lift surgery is the best option for you. While breasts may sag with age, they can also lose their shape and elasticity through weight gain and loss, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.
Some patients’ breasts have a natural tuberous shape. They may want a more traditional round shape that a breast lift can provide at any age. There’s not a magic age when a breast lift becomes worthwhile.
What to Expect from Your Breast Lift
Ensuring that you’re happy with the results of a breast lift requires aligning your goals with the procedure’s expected outcome. Understanding what a breast lift can and can’t accomplish allows you to choose the best surgery for your needs.
A breast lift can:
- Reshape your breasts
- Reposition your breasts
- Reduce breast sagging
- Realign asymmetrical breasts
- Reposition downward-pointing nipples
- Rejuvenate your breasts’ youthful appearance
You can enhance your overall figure by restoring the shape and projection of your breasts.
Just as there are many goals a breast lift can accomplish, there are also limitations to the procedure. A breast lift cannot:
- Remove stretch marks
- Increase your breast size
- Drastically reduce your breast size
Ideally, you will undergo your breast lift procedure after you’ve completed your family and when you have reached a stable weight. Reducing weight fluctuations allows you to enjoy your results as long as possible.
How Do You Know if You Can Benefit from a Breast Lift?
The best way to determine whether a breast lift can meet your aesthetic goals is by scheduling an in-person consultation with the professional, experienced team at Kadz Plastic Surgery.
If you’re ready to learn more about breast lift surgery in Beverly Hills, CA, call or use our online scheduling tool today to take the first step toward restoring and enhancing your figure.