There are many reasons why women might consider getting surgery for sagging breasts.
The most common reason is simply related to aging. With time, you may have noticed that your breasts have inevitably complied with gravity and are now drooping and sagging more than they did years ago.
This drooping and sagging can be exacerbated by pregnancy and breast-feeding as well. During pregnancy and throughout the period of breast-feeding, the skin on the breasts stretches and contracts over and over. This constant stretching can actually elongate the skin and make the breasts droop more permanently as a result.
Of course, there are also individuals who have wanted to change the look of their breasts since they were young. All body types are different. Some women simply have breasts that are small and lack fullness or tend to point downward rather than outward or upward.
According to Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon Dr. Rank Stark, “No matter what the reason is for your interest in breast surgery, it’s important to know what you are talking about when you begin to research these procedures and make appointments with the right plastic surgeon. There are several different types of breast surgeries, and each one does something a little bit different he notes.”
Let’s take a look at the main cosmetic breast surgeries up ahead. If you have sagging breasts that you would like to fix, these are the best procedures to consider.
Breast Lift Procedure
If sagging is your main problem, a breast lift could help tremendously. In order to tell if this is the right surgery for you, what you first want to do is take a look in the mirror and notice whether your nipples point upward or downward. If they point downward, notice where they are in relation to your breast crease. That’s the point at which your breasts meet your trunk. If your nipples are below this crease, sagging is indeed a real issue for you, and loss of volume may be a problem as well.
Generally speaking, nipples that point downward and nipples that are below your breast crease imply the need for a lift.
What does a breast lift do? A breast list essentially repositions the breast tissue, raising it so that the position of the nipples and areolas is higher. Another name for breast lift is mastopexy.
Breast Augmentation Procedure
Breast augmentation might sound like a procedure that simply augments or changes the look of your breaths. Actually, what this surgery does is add volume to your breasts. Breast augmentation surgery basically makes your breasts bigger. This can be done in several ways.
Most of the time, breast augmentation to add volume and make your breasts bigger overall is done with implants. These implants can be made of saline, silicone, or a form-stable substance using silicone gel (gummy bear implants).
On the other hand, many surgeons are now foregoing traditional breast implants and using a fat transfer procedure to augment the size of their patients’ breasts. Fat transfer for breast augmentation essentially means taking fat from a part of your body where you actually want to reduce bulk (like the abdomen or the buttocks) and transferring that fat to the breasts to add more volume there.
All of these procedures can be extremely helpful at improving your overall silhouette and appearance. But for many women who are struggling with sagging, breast augmentation may not be the answer — or at least the only answer.
That’s because sagging tends to be a skin and positioning issue. It’s more about stretched out skin than it is about volume. If this is the case for you, it’s not that you can’t get breast augmentation to add volume to your breasts, but what you may want to do is get both a breast lift and breast augmentation together in one combined surgery.
Breast Lift With Augmentation Procedure
Surgery that involves a breast lift and a breast augmentation is quite common. It’s actually a good idea to get both of the surgeries done together because it will cost less, and your overall downtime during recovery will be less than if you were to do two separate surgeries. Even so, it’s also possible to get a breast lift after a breast augmentation if that’s the way you want to go about your surgery plan.
What Breast Surgery Is Right for You?
As stated above, there are number of situations that may constitute a desire for breast surgery, and it’s important to think about these procedures in a positive light. While some people may imply that getting breast surgery means you are vain or only care about appearances, it’s actually about much more than that.
Many moms who have given themselves physically and emotionally to their children during pregnancy, childbirth, breast-feeding, and caring for their kids are looking for ways to improve their self-esteem and self-worth. Likewise, as we age, it’s important to keep up our physical appearance and self-esteem as well. If you’re unhappy with the way your breasts look now versus how they looked when you were 25, it’s okay to say so. Or, perhaps you recently lost a large amount of weight — what a feat! But this can cause your breasts to sag too.
Your appearance is a big part of how you feel about yourself, and it’s okay to invest in how you look and to feel good about doing that.
Are you thinking about having breast surgery to amend sagging breasts? Make a consultation appointment with a plastic surgeon today and start looking into your options. It could be the best decision you’ve ever made!