It’s not always a matter of wanting what you don’t have. Sometimes, it’s wanting what you used to have. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast lifts, or mastopexy, have grown 92 percent since 2000, outpacing breast implants two-to-one.
More and more, women are opting to get this surgery after experiencing changes the shape of their breasts due to aging, childbirth or after massive weight loss. The first step for patients in the quest for breast lifts is oftentimes simply noticing sagging. According to Roger K. Khouri, a former professor of plastic surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, "Essentially, the envelope of skin encasing the breast and the ligaments beneath have stretched; the filling has shrunk, giving a pancake shape; and the nipple is facing down rather than straight ahead."
Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging, gravity and heredity are all common sources of women’s breasts changing. The procedure often shifts the nipple and areola to a higher position in order to create a natural look. By removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour, the breasts are raised. It can be combined with a breast reduction or augmentation if the patient wishes to change the size of her breasts, as well.
Recovery times vary, but patients should expect to take about a week for recovery, says Real Self. Doctors often request you wear a support bra and transition into a sports bra, and to avoid lifting over 10 pounds for the first six weeks after the procedure. Women report minimum discomfort and are often back to work by day five.
Breast lifts can provide significant psychological and physical benefits, including increased self-esteem and improved self-confidence. Many women gain self-confidence by regaining what they lost over the years.
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