Are You a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?

Reviewed by Walter Erhardt, MD

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Women typically choose breast lift surgery to restore their youthful appearance after the effects of aging and gravity have caused sagging.

Pregnancy, breast feeding and significant weight loss can also leave breasts stretched and sagging. A breast lift may help.

In some cases, a breast augmentation or breast reduction patient may require a breast lift to achieve a fully satisfactory outcome. The breast auto augmentation procedure combines breast augmentation with a breast lift to rearrange a woman's existing breast tissue for more projection and lift.

Breast lift is also sometimes combined with surgery for the treatment of tuberous breasts, a congenital deformity characterized by long, narrow breasts with tight skin between the areolas and the base of the breasts.

Best Candidates for Breast Lift

Breast lift surgery is effective in lifting and reshaping saggy breasts for both smaller and larger breasted patients. In some cases, smaller breasts may retain their lift results longer after a breast lift than larger breasts. This is because the weight of larger breasts works against the changes made during the plastic surgery.

If you plan to have children in the future you may want to postpone cosmetic breast surgery until after pregnancy and after you are done breast feeding. Pregnancy may stretch the breasts and may reduce the volume of the breasts. Both of these factors may counter the benefits of breast lift surgery. In fact, breast skin ages over time, which may impact breast sagging and the appearance of a breast lift.

Improving your breast shape can improve self confidence and change how you are perceived by others. The procedure, however, does not completely change who you are and may not meet unrealistic expectations you may have.

The procedure also does not permanently change the breast shape and firmness. As time marches on, you may expect the effects of aging and gravity to continue. In these cases, a secondary revision surgery may be required. The best candidates for this cosmetic surgery are women who are emotionally well-adjusted, have realistic expectations, and understand the procedure thoroughly.