Firm, well formed breasts make you look younger. When the skin loses her elasticity and becomes weaker the breasts will sag and the nipples point down.
Gravity accelerates this process. The breast lift restores the breast shape by removing the excess skin and bringing the nipples back in their natural position. The breasts are lifted and will look full and firm again.
Causes sagging breasts
Pregnancy, fluctuating weight and skin aging can cause the breasts to become less firm and start to sag. Breasts are comprised of glandular tissue, connective tissue, fat tissue and skin. As we grow older the amount of collagen and elastin in the skin is reduced. We’ll get wrinkles on our face and weaker skin. It’s the same reason that causes the skin of the breasts to lose their elasticity and that the connective tissue becomes less strong. The skin and the connective tissue can’t support the breasts as well which causes them to sag. Weight increase, pregnancy and menopause change the volume of the breast tissue. Gravity then causes, especially for larger breasts, to sag quicker, because the skin is stretched additionally.
Preventing sagging breasts yourself
The most important thing you can do is to keep your skin supple and firm. Healthy nutrition, a nurturing cream and always applying UV protection when out in the sun, because sunlight is the biggest cause of skin aging.
Breasts unfortunately do not become firmer through special exercise because breasts are only comprised of skin, glandular- and fat tissue. The muscle that resides under the breasts can be trained, but that really only has an effect on smaller breasts.
Prevent large weight fluctuations, weight increase will also increase the fat tissue and stretch the skin. Losing weight too rapidly reduces the fat tissue and causes a weaker skin that can’t adjust itself to the smaller breast shape.
During the consultation Kazem, the plastic surgeon, will check to see if the breast lift is the best treatment for you. He’ll listen to your wishes and what your expectations for the results are. This is dependent on the shape of the breast, the severity of the sagging, the volume of the breast tissue and the elasticity of the skin. Maybe you don’t want to just have the breasts lifted, but also made more symmetrical, or a little larger. When there’s not enough breast tissue, the breast will be lifted but will look limp because of a lack of volume. In that case you can decide to combine the breast lift with a breast enlargement for a fuller and firmer breast. Lastly Kazem, the plastic surgeon, will tell you everything about the procedure itself, the anesthesia, the recovery, the aftercare, the risks and will answer all your questions. Make an appointment for a consultation.
Results breast lift
The results will be immediately visible after the surgery. The limp and sagging breasts will now have a full, firm shape and the nipples will point forwards again. Depending on the severity of the surgery it can take some time before the breasts take on their definitive shape. There will be permanent scars, but these will become less visible over time.
Is the result of a breast lift permanent
Most women are very satisfied with the result of a breast lift. The result is unfortunately not always permanent. After the breast lift the breasts can weaken again because of a pregnancy, the natural aging process of the skin, weight increase and weight loss. To enjoy the results of a breast lift for a long time it’s important to take good care of the skin and to prevent fluctuations in weight. People who would like to lose some weight should therefore do so before having a breast lift done.
Breast lift, the surgery
The breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, will take place under full anesthesia and takes on average two hours. There are different surgical techniques to lift the breasts. The chosen method is dependent on the severity of the skin’s weakness, the amount of excess skin that will have to be removed and the position of the nipple.
If desired the areola, the edge of skin around the nipple, can be reduced as well. After the excess skin has been removed the breast tissue will be shaped into the new breast shape. After that the skin is lifted, brought together and stitched, which will bring the nipple in her new, higher, position. Dissolving stitches are used for this.
In this animated clip you can see which surgical technique is used in which situation. It shows when more, or less, excess skin will be removed and the placing of the scars.
Recovery breast lift
Usually you can return home the same day. Take your time to recover. Severe physical activities, intensive exercise or lifting are discouraged the first weeks after the surgery. After that you can start again with light daily activities, but take it easy so the wound and the scars can heal successfully. Immediately after the surgery you can experience pain. The first days the breasts can be sensitive and feel swollen or tense and you may temporarily have less sensitivity in the nipples. These issues will resolve themselves.
Scar breast lift
The place and the size of the scars is dependent on the type of breast lift and the amount of skin that has to be removed. The animated short shows which surgical techniques are used for a breast lift and the position of the scars. The scars will not disappear but will become light, thin lines which will become less noticeable. A special scar cream will make scars more supple and increases the recovery. Expose scars as little as possible to direct sunlight the first year, and when in the sun always use a cream with a high UV rating to prevent the scars from discoloring.
Long term aftercare Kazem
Good aftercare is very important at Kazem Aesthetica, directly after the surgery and in the long term. After the surgery the plastic surgeon, Farid Kazem, will see how you’re feeling, discuss the surgery and will give you advice on taking care of the scars. The day after the surgery doctor Kazem will personally contact you to see how you’re feeling. The first check-up is a week after the surgery. If you have any questions or complaints in the meantime, then you can always reach Kazem Aesthetica 24 hours a day.
A breast lift is a safe procedure and complications are very rare. But just like any other surgical procedure there are risks attached, such as after bleeding or wound infection. Scars will sometimes heal slower or will remain more clearly visible. When the position of the nipples drastically changed they can remain less sensitive. Plastic surgeon Kazem will discuss the potential risks extensively with you during the consultation.
Find the right plastic surgeon
A breast lift always begins with a consultation by the plastic surgeon that will be performing the procedure himself. When you decide to get a breast lift it’s important that you have clear and objective information. You can only make a well-informed decision when you’re fully aware of all the benefits and drawbacks of the procedure. A beautiful and natural end result depends on the expertise and esthetical insight of the plastic surgeon. In any case, chose a plastic surgeon that has a lot of experience with breast lifts and that is a member of the NVPC (Dutch Association for Plastic Surgeons).