There are a number of reasons you may be unhappy with the appearance of your breasts. For many women, their dissatisfaction has nothing to do with the size of their breasts, but rather their shape and positioning. Breast lift surgery is a common procedure that lifts and shapes sagging breasts for an improved breast appearance. But is it the right procedure for you?
Low Sitting Breast Tissue
In breasts that are considered “perky,” you will find that the lower breasts sit right at or just above the inframammary line. As ptosis (sagging) begins to set in, the lower pole tissue slowly migrates down past the crease. Women who have mild to moderate cases of ptosis will find only a slight portion of the lower breast tissue will fall below the inframammary line, whereas if you have severe ptosis, a significant portion of your breast tissue is positioned below the crease.
A simple test can be conducted to determine how low your breast tissue sits. If a pencil can be held in place by the breast tissue along the inframammary line, you have some degree of sagging.
Poor Nipple Projection
Nipple projection is a secondary characteristic of sagging breasts. Again, in “perky” breasts, the nipples point forward, parallel with the floor. As sagging develops, the nipples begin to droop downward. This shift may be slight, but in severe cases, the nipples point completely down to the floor.
Breast deflation, which is common following pregnancy and weight loss, is often associated with a sagging breast appearance. While some women will gain an improvement in their breast appearance with only a breast lift, you may also consider combining breast implants with the lift for enhanced volume.
If you are considering a breast augmentation to reverse a deflated appearance and have other signs of ptosis, you should combine procedures. Unwanted side effects are possible when implants are added to weak and sagging breast tissue. By combining procedures, you will gain better-looking breasts with longer-lasting results.
While an at-home test can help you identify if you have ptosis, a consultation is necessary to determine which breast procedure will meet your needs. Schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon today. You can call our office at (925) 937-7100, or you can contact us online today.