Cosmetic Surgery Tips

Breast Lift Years After Reduction

The decision to undergo a breast lift is a big one. And once the decision has been made, it can be difficult to know what to expect during and after your procedure.

Breast lift surgery is designed to lift sagging breasts and narrow the space between them. The procedure can also be performed alongside other breast procedures such as breast augmentation or mastopexy.

The surgery does not change the shape of your breasts, but rather helps lift them from their current position on your chest wall to a higher position on your body.

If you do decide to go through with a breast lift, then you’ll want to know where you can find information about what exactly happens during the procedure and how long it will take for you to recover afterward.

Breast Lift Years After Reduction

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A mastopexy, more commonly known as breast lift, is a highly sought-after procedure for those wanting to achieve a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing shape. Breast lifts often help women regain confidence in their figures by restoring their feminine proportions and helping them feel more comfortable in their bodies and clothes.

Just as the name suggests, a breast lift procedure “lifts” the breasts by removing excess skin then reshapes the surrounding tissue to support a more youthful breast contour. When considering the procedure, many individuals wonder if there is anything they can do to maximize the life expectancy of their breast lift.

How long should I expect my breast lift to last?

The short answer is “it depends.” For some, they experience long-lasting results, while others may want minor revisions only after a few years. To say how long results last from a typical breast lift surgery is dependent upon many factors such as age, genetics, health and dietary habits, as well as surgical techniques. The good news is there are a few things you can do to help you get the most out of your breast lift surgery.

Take care of your skin

Skin elasticity has a lot to do with your genetics. That being said, you help improve skin elasticity. First and foremost, you should avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. Overexposure can cause the skin’s texture to change and lose elasticity causing wrinkles and sagging skin. Natural supplements like vitamin C and E have been shown to help promote and improve skin elasticity.

Avoid weight fluctuation

Rapid weight gain and loss is never a good thing for any cosmetic surgical procedure and can have negative effects on breast lift results. Weight should be carefully controlled and maintained in order to achieve the best and longest lasting results. Seek a breast lift only after you have reached and sustained your target weight, then sustain that weight by continuing to follow a healthy lifestyle.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding also affect the results of a breast lift. The breast tissue goes through many changes during pregnancy and breastfeeding, so I encourage individuals to seek these types of surgeries only after they have finished having children, stopped breastfeeding and have achieved their weight goals.

Wear proper support

Whether or not you are a fan of the bra, the fact of the matter is they will help extend the life of your breast lift procedure. Wearing ill-fitting bras or foregoing them all together can cause your breasts to sag faster than usual. This is especially true when you engage in physical activity as the increased impact and movement will increase the effects of gravity on your breast tissue. Do your breasts a favor and invest in the right bra to support and preserve your breast lifts results.

Your plastic surgeon will provide you with detailed guidelines that should be followed to help maintain the integrity of your procedure. Researching, discussing, and deciding on a surgical technique that you and your surgeon agree is best for your goals is going to be critical to your breast lift success. Talking to your surgeon about the expectations and outcomes they have seen in their own practice can help you decide on your personal breast lift plan. Every person is different as are their results but following the tips above can assist in extending the longevity and integrity of your breast lift preserving your rejuvenated look.

How To Keep Your Breasts Perky After A Breast Lift

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Breast lift surgery is an excellent way to raise the breasts to create a more youthful silhouette. However, like any other surgery, its results don’t last forever. Skin continues to stretch as we age, and breasts gradually begin to sag. Luckily, there are ways women can prevent this from happening and slow the signs of aging. 

As we remind our breast lift patients here in Sacramento, you have the power to protect your results.  In this blog post, we will offer a few useful tips to keep your breasts perky for years to come.

Wear properly fitting bras.

Studies have shown that around 70% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. This is a major issue as bras support the breasts and prevent tissues from stretching out. Push-up bras can give too much lift, straining ligaments and muscles. Looser bras give too little lift and allow the breasts to sag. Be gentle on your body and wear comfortable, supportive bras most days of the week. A softer, medium support bra is the best option for most breast lift patients, and they’re a good idea if you’ve had breast augmentation or implant exchange, too. Pictured below is a patient who had a breast lift with an implant exchange, and you can see how such a bra could provide a good support structure to protect their results.

Sleep on your back.

We spend around one-third of our life sleeping—which means there’s plenty of time for breasts to sag in bed. When you sleep on your side or front, ligaments are strained by gravity throughout the night and pulled in a downward direction. An easy way to better support your breasts is to sleep on your back each night. If this position doesn’t come naturally to you, try placing a pillow under each arm to keep your body in place. 

Keep good posture.

Proper posture is good for more than just your back. If you hunch your shoulders or lean forward too often, your breasts will sag forward with the rest of your body. Try standing up straight when walking and avoid hunching over in your chair at work. Good posture can also help you look taller and thinner, so there are many benefits! VeryWell Health offers more tips about posture and other ways to prevent breast sagging. 

Protect your skin.

Droopy breasts are created by loose muscles and ligaments, but skin plays a major role as well. Sun exposure damages the skin and stretches out the tissue, so avoid sunbathing or tanning excessively. Wear good sunscreen and protective clothing—like a sun hat or high-collared shirt—whenever you’re outdoors. Good sun protection can also prevent many other signs of aging and keep your skin looking clear, youthful, and fresh.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

One of the most transformative things you can do to protect your breasts and your health is to lead a healthier lifestyle overall. Smoking and drinking dry out skin and hair, so cut back on these habits when you can. Eat nutritious foods and avoid “yo-yo dieting,” as extreme weight changes affect your skin’s elasticity.

It is true that all bodies change over time, even after a breast lift. With a bit of smart planning and prevention, you can support your breasts and keep your results looking great for years to come.

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