There are a great many joys and triumphs that come with life as we grow older. Joys such as seeing our children flourish into productive young adults, and triumphs such as establishing strong footholds in ours careers and generally becoming wiser about the ways of the world.
By a certain age, you’re at the top of your game, ready to take on any challenge. But your body isn’t always as cooperative. As we age, we inevitably face changes in the body’s appearance. For many female patients, their breasts are a common area of concern, particularly after pregnancy. Breast laxity can be caused by a number of factors, including weight loss, weight gain, pregnancy or nursing. The medical term for this condition is ptosis, and there are different grades of ptosis from mild to moderate to severe.
The good news? A breast lift will help restore your breasts to a more natural and youthful shape and location. The breast lift procedure is also called mastopexy, and it can be performed with or without the inclusion of implants. So, which procedure is right for you? Let’s take a closer look at both instances.
When patients have a generous amount of ptotic breast tissue, they usually seek to have it elevated back to a normal position. In these cases, we’ll generally perform mastopexy without implants. Once some skin is removed, the breasts will become smaller, resulting in a more natural, youthful look.
In cases where the patient has ptosis, but has very little breast tissue, we will perform the mastopexy/lift in order to elevate the breast tissue and we’ll use implants to add shape, projection and volume to the breasts. We often see this with women who have nursed their children, and in those who have lost a significant amount of weight at some point. It’s also common in women who have always had a smaller breast volume.
In the end, it’s your choice whether you have a breast lift with implants or without them. We’re here to guide you through the procedure that’s best for you. You may be a good candidate for a breast lift if your breasts are ptotic, if you are at a stable weight, are a healthy non-smoker and are bothered by the position, loss of shape and/or volume in your breasts.
At Janiga MDs, our philosophy is to keep your best interests in mind at all times while informing you of the wide array of surgical and nonsurgical options available to you. When you set up a consultation, I will examine you and discuss which surgical options best meet your needs and expectations.