Most women are perfectly aware of changes in their breasts, from subtle modifications due to fluctuating hormones or weight gain, to the larger changes that come with pregnancy or age. Some of them are temporary and not terribly concerning, but when the changes are extreme, uncomfortable, or unattractive, and that’s when women begin to consider their surgical options.
Breast augmentation is the procedure more people are familiar with, but women who have experienced or are experiencing breast ptosis/sagging may benefit instead from a mastopexy or breast lift. Determining if a patient needs a breast lift is not complicated and can be done with a few simple measurements as well as some visual observations, even via a virtual consultation. Essentially it requires determining whether the skin has been stretched out or breast sagging has occurred. The surgeon will take the structure of the patient’s breast into account, specifically whether most of the breast tissue is at the top of the breast or the bottom. Other considerations are the patient's expectations and the degree of difference between the breasts.
If you are wondering whether you may need a breast lift, ask yourself these questions:
Do your breasts have significant skin laxity - perhaps the result of weight loss or changes due to pregnancy and breastfeeding?