The structure of the breasts doesn’t include a muscle because the pectoral muscle is actually under the breasts, so this means that physical exercises are not actually effective in elevating the breasts once they have become saggy. Breast ptosis is a condition defined by the low position of the breasts on the chest wall, the empty appearance of the upper pole and the excess skin on the breasts. For patients confronted with this condition, it is important to know that there are solutions to treat saggy breasts, but they all come from plastic surgery. Physical exercises can’t help improve the tonus of the breasts, pills don’t have an effect on the excess skin, and massages won’t be able to re-center the mammary gland.
In this article, we will discuss solutions to treat saggy breasts offered by plastic surgery.
- Breast lift
While breast augmentation with implants is the most well-known and frequently performed procedure on the breasts, the breast lift is certainly in demand as well as it can correct a condition that affects most women after a certain age, which is breast ptosis.
The breast lift entails the removal of the excess skin and fat tissue and the centering of the mammary gland. When this procedure is performed, the nipple and areola will be repositioned to an anatomically correct position on the breasts and enlarged areolas will be corrected.
Candidacy for the breast lift will be assessed during the pre-operative consultation with the plastic surgeon. The patient will also have to undergo a medical examination and have some measurements performed to see whether the breast lift is advised or another procedure would deliver the results expected. Among the first steps during the medical examination is to have the breast ptosis diagnosed. Depending on the level of breast ptosis, the plastic surgeon will recommend the suitable surgical plan. A moderate breast ptosis is when the projection of the nipple and areola complex is at about the same level as the inframammary fold. If the nipple and areola projection is lower, we have moderate ptosis, and if the most part of the mammary gland is under the level of the inframammary fold with the nipple and areola facing down, we have severe breast ptosis.
To correct a mild or moderate breast ptosis, the plastic surgeon might decide to use just one incision, positioned circularly around the areola’s edge. For more severe cases, a second or third incision will be needed. These other incisions are positioned vertically from the areola towards the inframammary fold and perpendicularly on this one in the inframammary fold.
During the initial meeting with the plastic surgeon, he will explain where the incisions will be positioned in your particular case, how many you need, and what to expect in terms of the results. Also, the details associated with the pre- and post-operative periods will be discussed. For example, in preparation for the breast lift, the patient is advised to avoid anti-inflammatory medication containing aspirin for at least two weeks pre-op to avoid the risk of excessive bleeding due to the anticoagulant effect of aspirin. To avoid the formation of blood clots after the procedure, the surgeon will ask you to stop birth control pills a month before the procedure.
To ensure a fast and smooth recovery period after the breast lift, the patient should wear the compressive bra recommended by the plastic surgeon, to avoid sleeping on the tummy, and avoid lifting heavy objects from the floor for at least a few weeks.
The procedure aims to give the patient elevated breasts that look firm and perky. The whole appearance of the upper body can be changed after undergoing a breast lift by improving the appearance of the breasts. However, the procedure won’t make your breasts bigger or smaller, so if you want to correct the size of your breasts, you will need to discuss this issue with the plastic surgeon during the pre-operative consultation and to have an additional procedure performed at the same time. It is common practice nowadays to combine the breast lift with a breast reduction, but most often with breast implants.
The second solution to treat saggy breasts also involves a breast lift, but this time performed with implants. Breast augmentation is not a solution for breast sagginess; however, the breast lift can be performed with implants to add volume to the breasts while also correcting their low position on the chest wall. The procedure is preferred and recommended for women with smaller breasts that want an increase in volume, as well as making them firmer and perkier.
After the breast lift surgery and due to the elimination of excess skin, the patient might be left with slightly smaller breasts. This is not desirable, especially for patients who already have breasts that are not very big to begin with. To avoid having their dimensions reduced furthermore and enhance the overall appearance of the breasts, the plastic surgeon might recommend getting implants inserted when the breast lift is performed.
While these are actually two procedures, when performed together the patient will only have the scars of the breast lift left after the procedure. The other benefits would be the reduced costs compared to undergoing two different procedures separately and having to undergo just one recovery period after the surgery.
The candidacy for a breast lift with implants will also be assessed during the pre-operative consultation. Make sure to mention that you want an increase in the volume of the breasts before he decides on the best operative plan for your particular case. Moreover, it will also be during this meeting that you will need to choose the implants that will be used during the surgery to make your breasts bigger. After extensive measurements, the plastic surgeon should come up with some recommendations; however, it is ultimately the patient who decides what implants will be used. Describing the shape and size of the breasts that you want to have will help the plastic surgeon recommend suitable implants. Make sure to take into consideration the advice of the plastic surgeon. Choosing implants that are suitable for your body type and anatomy will help you not only achieve satisfactory results but also keep away from complications that can occur after the procedure.
It is also important to know that when undergoing the breast lift with implants, you will be subjected not only to the risks associated with the lifting procedure but also the ones related to the use of implants. This is not a major issue for concern as the complications occur nowadays on a small percentage of people undergoing plastic surgery, but a prepared patient knows that these are a possibility. Among the complications associated with using breast implants are capsular contracture, visibility, rippling of the implants, rupture, and leaking of the implants, among other things.
Following the pre- and post-operative instructions of the plastic surgeon will help you stay away from trouble after surgery and minimize the risks while maximizing the results that can be achieved.
After the breast lift with implants, your breasts will be perky, youthful looking and firm but also bigger and rounder, if this is the shape of the implant that you have chosen.
There are two optimal solutions that can be used to treat saggy breasts, and both of them are offered by plastic surgery. It is important to understand that physical exercises, massages and pills are not suitable options to get rid of the excess skin on the breasts and re-center the mammary gland. The procedures performed to correct breast ptosis are the breast lift and breast lift with implants. The only difference between these procedures is that the first one is performed as a stand-alone and the second is a combination of two procedures in one operation. When the breast lift is performed with implants, the plastic surgeon will make incisions to correct the sagginess and use them to insert the implants. Moreover, the cost of the procedure is smaller than undergoing two procedures, and the patients will have just one recovery period.