When we think of the effects of aging, we tend to think of gray hairs and facial wrinkles. But the body’s contours are also a tell-tale sign of aging, and a breast lift can restore a younger look when your breasts begin to sag.
What Causes the Breasts to Sag with Age?
Breast skin is as delicate and sensitive as the skin on your face, and it changes with age in some of the same ways — by stretching, drooping, and losing resilience. Your breasts are pulled down by gravity every day, straining the skin that once held them in a youthful position. Weight changes, pregnancy, and breastfeeding also change the size of your breasts, often stretching breast skin beyond the point where it can spring back to its former shape.
The effect over time, is that the high, firm breasts of your youth can start to sag and flatten. Where your nipples once pointed forward or up, they shift to point down, and may hang below the center of your breasts. These are all typical effects of aging, and they can all be reversed with a breast lift.
How Can a Breast Lift Make You Look Younger?
A breast lift reshapes your breasts and raises their profile by removing excess skin and shifting the tissue into a firmer, rounder, more uplifted form. If your areolas have dropped below the center of your breasts, pulling the tightened skin up into a new shape may be enough to bring them into a young-looking position. If your breasts have experienced significant sagging and stretching, your areolas may also be reduced in size as part of the procedure.
Different surgical techniques are used to make different kinds of changes in a breast lift, depending on the severity of the sagging and the outcome you’re seeking. The effect is to restore a younger shape, position, and projection to your breasts, and a firmer feel — all changes that reverse the visible effects of aging.
A breast lift can also be combined with breast augmentation to add volume to your breasts or breast reduction to reduce their size. You might choose one of these combination procedures to bring your breasts into better balance with the proportions of your body.
A breast lift can also correct other problems, including a mismatch between the position or shape of your breasts, to create improved symmetry.
Indications that You Might Benefit from a Breast Lift
Here are some signs that a breast lift might improve your appearance:
- You are bothered by the sagging shape of your breasts.
- Your breasts have lost volume and firmness with age.
- Your breasts are flattened, elongated, or pendulous.
- Your nipples point down, rather than forward or up.
- Your nipples fall below the natural crease under your breasts.
- Your areolas have stretched and become enlarged.
- Your breasts are asymmetrical.
All of these changes can be corrected with a breast lift. If you are bothered by any of these, a breast lift can make you look younger and feel better about your body.
Learn More About Cosmetic Breast Surgery in Columbus
Dr. Christopher Zochowski is a board-certified plastic surgeon with special expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, including breast procedures. He and his team at Zochowski Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery provide a full range of treatment options to keep you looking your best at every stage of life. Call us at (614) 490-7500 or contact us today to schedule a consultation.