Will a Breast Lift Make You Look Younger?
We all know that facial plastic surgery can make you look younger. But breast and body procedures can also take years off your appearance by giving you younger-looking curves and contours. A breast lift reverses one of the more telling signs of body aging: sagging breasts.
Why Do Breasts Sag with Age?
The skin on your breasts is as delicate and sensitive as the skin on your face. And like the skin on your face, it gradually loses elasticity with age. On your face, this leads to wrinkles, creases, and drooping that can result in jowls or tired-looking eyes. On your breasts, your skin responds to the forces of gravity and to changes in the size of your breasts from pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight gain and loss by stretching and sagging.
Where your breasts were once high, round, and firm, they begin to droop and sometimes to flatten. Your nipples may change position, too, in another sign of aging, dropping below the center of your breasts and starting to point downward.
How a Breast Lift Makes You Look Younger
A breast lift re-sculpts the contours of your breasts by removing excess skin to raise your breasts and make them firmer and rounder. Your areola may be shifted to a younger-looking, upward-pointing position, and may be reduced in size if it has expanded with age. Different techniques are used to make different types of changes to the shape, position, and projection of your breasts, depending on how your breasts have changed with age and the results you are looking for. These changes restore a youthful look to your breasts, reversing the tell-tale signs of aging.
A breast lift can also be combined with breast augmentation or a reduction for even greater aesthetic effect. This might be done if your breasts have changed in size and shape as a result of pregnancy and breastfeeding, for example. Or you might have a combined procedure to bring your breasts into better harmony with the contours of your body.
A breast lift can make other improvements, too. It can correct asymmetry when one breast is lower than the other, or when the two breasts do not match in shape.
How to Tell If You Might Benefit from a Breast Lift
Breasts sag slowly and gradually, over a period of years. It’s not that you wake up one morning and notice that your breasts have suddenly changed. Instead, over time, you may become more dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts. If you’re unsure whether a breast lift might benefit you, consider these indications:
- Your nipples fall below the natural creases below your breasts. You can gauge this by placing a sheet of paper in the crease under your breasts and looking in the mirror to see where your nipples are positioned in relation to the paper’s edge.
- Your nipples point down, rather than up or straight ahead.
- Your breasts have a pendulous, elongated, or flattened shape.
- You are bothered by the sagging appearance of your breasts.
- Your breasts have lost firmness.
- The skin on your breasts has stretched.
- Your areolas have become enlarged.
These are all signs of aging in your breasts, and all can be corrected with a breast lift.
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