Whether it is weight gain, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or just the natural aging process, it is not uncommon for women to develop ptosis in the chest—the medical term for sagginess. Sagging breasts is a common concern Dr. Jessica Belz’s patients express. Numerous surgical options for addressing ptosis include breast augmentation and a breast lift.
Preformed in combination with a breast augmentation or as a stand-alone procedure, a breast lift can help restore the natural contour of your chest. It is important to understand that the procedures achieve different results. A breast augmentation changes the size of the breasts (increasing the cup size), while a breast lift addresses sagging or dropping tissue.
Who Should Get a Breast Lift?
Choosing the right breast enhancement procedure is a very personal choice. Dr. Jessica Belz works closely with her patients to evaluate the best procedure based on your desired look. Breast lifts help restore a youthful appearance in a natural way without increasing cup size. But women of any age might opt for a breast lift to address stretched skin, flat or elongated breasts, or an asymmetrical chest.
When Is a Breast Lift Not Right for Me?
It might depend on your desired goals. Remember, a breast lift does not change the size of the chest, only the shape. Patients seeking a fuller, more voluminous look might consider a breast augmentation or implants in addition to their breast lift procedure. In addition, women planning to have children should wait until after giving birth to schedule a breast lift.
How Is the Procedure Done?
Dr. Belz will make small incisions in the skin around the nipple and areola area. Then, she will lift and adjust the underlying fat and muscle tissue into the desired position. Excess fat may also be removed, depending on your goals.
Your care team will closely monitor your recovery and guide you through post-operative care. Proper rest and recovery are just as important as your initial procedure. Patients usually return to daily life in 1-2 weeks and are fully healed in 6-12 weeks.
Not sure if a breast lift is a suitable option for you? Call our San Antonio, Texas office at 210-497-7100 to schedule your consultation. Or visit our website at drjessicabelz.com to request your consultation with Dr. Jessica Belz in person or online.