A breast lift, or breast mastopexy, is a procedure that raises the breasts and nipples by removing and tightening excess skin to create a more shapely, youthful breast appearance.
There are multiple factors that cause a woman’s breasts to sag, droop, and become less full during her lifetime.
Changes in hormones due to pregnancies, and the weight changes involved, often create drastic changes in a woman’s breast elasticity, shape, and fullness.
Also, natural aging and loosening skin elasticity, paired with losing estrogen during menopause, can further increase breast sagging.
If you’re concerned about your breasts sagging and looking to see if you’re a good fit for a breast lift, then read our 8 signs below.
It’s important to note that a breast lift cannot add more volume to a breast size. In that situation, a breast augmentation is the better option. However, it’s common to combine both an augmentation with a breast lift in some of these situations listed below.
Sign # 1 Your Breasts Sag More Than You’d Like
Breasting sagging, or breast ptosis, is an inevitable part of the aging process for women. Changes in skin elasticity and weight can create a drooping or sagging breast.
The effects of childbearing, breast-feeding, and gravity also take their toll on the shape and appearance of breasts. For women with C and D cups, these effects can be even more pronounced.
A breast lift is your best option to tighten up your breast’s skin and tissue to create a perkier, youthful breast.
Sign # 2 Your Nipples Face Downward
Changes in breast’s elasticity and volume, whether they are the effects of hormonal changes due to pregnancy, or the natural effects of aging, can pull your nipples and areolas farther down than you’d like.
Instead of having your nipples facing up, they tend to sag and face downward, sometimes straight down.
A breast lift procedure can remove excess skin and tighten up your breast so your nipples and areolas can face upwards again.
Sign # 3 Asymmetrical Breasts, One Breast Sags Lower Than the Other
Asymmetrical breasts are common. Around 50% of women have some form of asymmetrical breasts, although the appearance usually isn’t that noticeable.
However, as aging occurs and breast tissue changes, breast asymmetry can become more pronounced, leaving one breast sagging considerably lower.
If you’re concerned about your asymmetrical breasts, especially if one droops lower, then a breast lift could be right for you. Breast augmentation is also recommended to fix breast asymmetry if sagging isn’t an issue.
Sign # 4 Breasts Have Become Flat or Deflated Due to Menopause
It’s common for women to lose volume in the upper area of their breasts due to aging, especially after menopause.
Because menopause greatly decreases the amount of estrogen in a woman’s body, it can lead to a reduced volume and atrophying of the breast tissue, causing the breasts to shrink, sag, and become “deflated.”
Because a breast lift cannot add more volume to a woman’s breast, breast augmentation is usually performed to improve breast volume. In this instance, it’s common to perform both a breast augmentation and a breast lift to improve fullness and breast/nipple position.
Sign # 5 Your Nipples Fall Below Your Breast Creases
The crease underneath a woman’s breast, the inframammary fold, is where the breast meets the chest.
If your nipples tend to sag lower than this fold line, you might be a good candidate for a breast lift.
Nipples that hang around the inframammary fold are considered stage 1 of breast sagging, and aren’t in need of a breast lift.
However, if your nipples hang below your inframammary fold, a breast lift can enhance the position of your nipples.
Nipples and areolas that hang well below the inframammary fold and face downward (Sign #2) are considered stage 3, and can greatly benefit from having a breast lift.
If your breasts are too large and you’re considering breast reduction, know that you can combine a reduction with a breast lift to improve the placement of your nipples over your breast creases.
Sign # 6 Your Areolas Have Stretched Disproportionately to Your Breast Size
Nipples and areolas can become elongated or uneven due to many factors.
Drastic changes in breast size, whether it’s from gaining and losing weight, hormonal changes due to pregnancy and breastfeeding, and natural aging cause the breast skin to stretch and become elongated, changing the symmetry and appearance of a woman’s nipples.
A breast lift can reduce the size and reshape the areolas to create a more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing nipple.
Sign # 7 You’ve Recently Lost a Lot of Weight and Now Your Breasts are Less Full and Sagging
Fluctuations in weight are extremely common in life for women, especially women who gain weight during pregnancy (or multiple pregnancies).
As a woman gains weight, her breast tissue will expand (inflate), and then as she loses weight, her breast tissue will decrease (deflate).
The repetition of gaining weight and losing weight can cause the breast tissue and skin to gradually lose their elasticity as it continues to stretch and shrink.
This, paired with the effects of aging, can create a breast that’s less full than it used to be.
Breast augmentation and a breast lift are both good options for improving breast fullness and shape to create a fuller, more shapely breast.
Sign # 8 You No Longer Plan on Having Any More Children
A breast lift has no effect on a mother breastfeeding her children, but it’s more common for women to get a breast lift after they’ve finished breastfeeding their last child.
For women looking to have a makeover, it’s recommended they wait about 6 months after finishing breastfeeding to allow their breast tissue to shrink and become normal again before getting a breast lift.
Getting a breast lift after pregnancy can boost a woman’s self-esteem and improve her breast size and appearance.
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