For many women, the appearance of their breasts plays a large role in their self-esteem. As a sign of youth and femininity, full and perky breasts can give women confidence in their relationships, careers, and lives as a whole. Unfortunately, a variety of factors can negatively affect the size and shape of the breasts over time; these include pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, and the aging process alone. The talented board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery are proud to be able to help Northern Virginia patients address and correct a variety of breast concerns through multiple state-of-the-art procedures.
How can I get more youthful-looking breasts?
The major hallmarks of a younger woman's breasts are volume and position. In general, women lose breast volume as they age, often due to physical changes such as pregnancy; this can leave women with deflated, small breasts. Breast augmentation, commonly known as a boob job, can restore or add volume through the use of artificial saline or silicone gel implants or native fat transfer. In some cases, a breast augmentation on its own may be enough to give the breasts a more lifted appearance. However, when the breasts are severely drooping or sagging, or when there is a significant amount of stretched out excess skin, it may be necessary to perform an additional procedure. In these cases, a breast lift can be highly effective in raising the breasts to a higher, more youthful position. Breast lift can be performed on its own or in conjunction with a breast augmentation or even breast revision.
What exactly is a breast lift?
Breast lift, formally known as mastopexy, is an invasive surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and reposition the breasts at a higher point. This is accomplished through one or more carefully placed incisions, the placement of which will depend on the severity of the case, the patient's anatomy, additional procedures being performed, and the surgeon's preference. It is imperative that patients considering a breast lift select a highly qualified, experienced, and knowledgeable physician to perform the procedure. While breast lift is fairly routine, there are many complexities and nuances involved in any breast surgery that can significantly impact the results. The board-certified surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery are experts in the field of breast lift, breast augmentation, and other breast surgeries and are committed to providing only the most exceptional level of patient care and service.
Depending on your specific needs, a breast lift may be performed one of several ways, each of which is unique based on the type of incision used. The most commonly performed breast lift surgeries use the periareolar, vertical reduction, and inverted T incisions. Your surgeon will be able to recommend the most appropriate technique for your situation. During an initial consultation, your surgeon at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery will thoroughly evaluate your case, discuss all of your options at length, answer your questions fully, and put together a surgical plan to help you best achieve your goals.
How can a breast lift help me look better?
With its ability to create a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing contour, the breast lift is undoubtedly one of the most beneficial cosmetic procedures for women with breast concerns. Arguably more important than enhancing your look, though, is the boost in confidence that a breast lift can provide. Countless Northern Virginia patients who have undergone breast lift at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery report a newly elevated self-esteem which leads to improvement in many areas of their lives.
Can a breast lift be performed at the same time as breast augmentation?
Yes! Breast augmentation with breast lift is one of the most widely performed surgical combinations year after year. By performing both procedures simultaneously, surgeons are able to restore breast volume and raise the position of the breasts at the same time, cutting down on the patient's cost, recovery time, and need for future surgeries.
Oftentimes, breast lift and/or augmentation is also performed as part of the wildly popular mommy makeover. This customized surgery is tailored to each individual patient and can address a wide variety of concerns at once. Some of the procedures most commonly included in a mommy makeover include:
Am I a candidate for breast lift?
The best way to determine if breast lift may be right for you is to consult with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. In general, breast lift and mommy makeover candidates should be in relatively good health, be non-smokers, and have no contraindications to anesthesia or surgery. Patients should also be within 5-10 pounds of their ideal weight and have maintained that weight for at least six months prior to surgery, as future weight fluctuations can compromise the results of the surgery and lead to the need for a second or subsequent procedure. For this reason, it is also recommended that patients be sure they are done with pregnancy and childbirth before undergoing breast lift.
To find out more about how a breast lift can improve your appearance, boost your confidence, and change your life, contact the Northern Virginia office of Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery to schedule your consultation today.