Although breast implants are by far the most common cosmetic surgery procedure among female patients, a growing number of women are opting for breast lifts. At some point in life, a woman will experience sagging of the breasts. In many cases, the skin surrounding the breast tissue loses its elasticity, causing the breasts to sag. This can be due to childbirth, weight fluctuation, breastfeeding, and aging. A breast lift allows a woman to achieve the youthful look she desires using just natural tissue.
Breast Lift Procedures by the Numbers
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) estimated a 70 percent increase in breast lifts since 2000. This means that breast lift procedures are outpacing breast implants two-to-one. ASPS member surgeons performed more than 90,000 breast lift procedures in 2013 alone. Patients are taking advantage of working with natural breast tissue. A breast lift tightens the excess skin surrounding the breast tissue, resulting in firmer, lifted breasts. The surgeon will contour the skin to naturally envelope the breast tissue.
Am I a Breast Lift Candidate?
If you have been considering a breast lift, an easy way to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure is to do the pencil test. Simply place a pencil or pen underneath the breast. If the breast can securely hold the pencil, this indicates there is a hanging nature to the breasts.
You may also be a good candidate if:
- Breasts appear flatter and elongated
- The nipple drops below the breast’s crease
- Stretch marks are visible
- Areolas appear enlarged
The best candidates for a breast lift are non-smokers who maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. A consultation can determine the severity of the sagging as well as allow the plastic surgeon to discuss what a breast lift involves. In some cases, a patient can combine a breast lift with augmentation or reduction surgery for optimal results. Once a patient has the desired amount of breast tissue, a breast lift can be performed.
Arrange a Consultation at Boulder Plastic Surgery
At your initial consultation, the surgeons at Boulder Plastic Surgery will gladly answer any questions you may have about the breast lift procedure as well as other corresponding procedures that can help you achieve the look you desire. To set up a consultation, contact us online or give us a call at 303-578-4193.