Breast Lift Surgery Ends Embarrassment
The physical changes that can be made by breast lift surgery are obvious: firmer, more youthful looking breasts that don’t sag. Following this procedure, many women are happy with the way their breasts, and their new bodies, look in the mirror. It gives them confidence and a self-esteem boost, but these effects are harder to measure than the physical differences pre- and post-op. For many women, choosing breast lift surgery is less about the physical change and more about finding a way to overcome embarrassment about their own bodies.
Why Is Age Embarrassing?
Breasts sag for a number of reasons, but mostly, they sag because the body has adapted to changes throughout its lifetime. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, gaining and losing weight, and simply growing older could all cause the breasts to sag individually. The results might seem to multiply for patients experiencing multiple factors, too. These life changes are nothing to be embarrassed about, and yet, so many women dread the day their “breasts will touch their knees.”
As the body ages, the elasticity in skin breaks down and the breast tissue’s weight pulls it downward. Some women even lose breast tissue over time, leaving their breasts smaller and saggy all at once. These changes are all natural and they will eventually happen to every woman. Still, the breast lift surgery remains a popular choice among patients because it can reverse these unwanted sources of embarrassment.
What’s So Funny About Sagging Breasts?
Perhaps part of the shame associated with sagging breasts comes from the media’s portrayal of older women as unattractive. Everyone has seen a cartoon at one time or another that depicts an older woman with hanging, pendulous breasts. It may be in bad taste but it represents the pressure women in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and older might feel and their desire to not resemble a cartoon. Luckily, social commentary aside, a woman can take back control of her body with a breast lift surgery.
What Expectations Should I Have About Breast Lift Surgery?
If you’ve had enough with the embarrassment your sagging breasts have caused you, the breast lift surgery can help. As with any surgery, it’s important that you are seeking the procedure for your own reasons and that you have realistic expectations about what results can be achieved. You should be in good overall health, not smoke, and be prepared to learn about the procedure and plan your surgical approach through a consultation with your plastic surgeon. On average, breast lift patients are women in their 40s.
The procedure itself is fairly straightforward, beginning with general anesthesia and lasting for about two to three hours to complete. An inverted T incision will be made around the areola, running vertical from the nipple and then horizontally across the breast crease. Through the incision, excess fatty tissue and skin will be removed. The nipple and areola will then be repositioned (and resized, if needed) to a more natural location on the new breast. The surgeon will reshape the breasts to be smaller, firmer, and more symmetrical, with no sagging whatsoever.
How Do I Know If I’m Eligible for a Breast Lift?
Most women aren’t sure when the time arrives for breast lift surgery, but it might be sooner than you imagined. Many prospective patients catch the aging effects earlier on to maintain their youthful-looking breasts as quickly as they can. Still, you should be expecting some of the following problems in order to be considered for breast lift surgery:
- Your breasts have lost their shape and begun to sag.
- The skin around the breasts, especially the tissue around the nipple, appears stretched.
- Your breasts are pendulous.
- Your nipples point downward.
- Your breasts lack substance or a feeling of firmness.
- Your breasts are uneven in size and shape.
If you’re not satisfied with the shape, size, and position of your breasts, it might be time to start planning your breast lift surgery. Especially if your breasts have begun to cause you emotional distress, self-consciousness, or even shame and embarrassment, it’s time to do something about it. Remember that you should be finished with childbearing and breast-feeding before you have a breast lift surgery, so only begin the process after that chapter in your life has closed.
Schedule Your Breast Lift Consultation Today
If you’re ready to plan for your breast lift surgery and stop feeling embarrassed about your body, it’s time to meet with the right surgeon. Consult with Dr. Ronald Lohner, an experienced and board certified plastic surgeon based in Philadelphia who offers male breast reductions to his patients as a solution for gynecomastia. He completed his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College and medical school at UMDNJ-Rutgers. Currently, Dr. Lohner is Chief of Plastic Surgery at Bryn Mawr Hospital and holds a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine. His peers have selected him as a Philadelphia-area Top Doctor for the last eight years. His office is located at [primary_address] in [primary_city], [primary_statefull], on the Main Line. Please call his office at [primary_phone].