Sagging breasts, which can occur for various reasons, including pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, and gravity, can make your breasts appear flat and stretched out and even cause you to wear a larger bra size due to excess skin. However, surgery to lift the breasts can restore shape and lift to the breasts for perkier, more youthful breasts that look great in your bra or bikini top.
But, when it comes to having your breasts lifted through surgery, some women wonder if it will make their breasts smaller. To answer this question, let’s first take a look at what is involved in a breast lift and then how/if it affects your breast size.
What Does a Breast Lift Do?
Breast lift surgery, also called breast lift, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that restores fullness, tone, and volume to lax breasts for a more pleasing appearance and shape to the bust that also makes your bras and tops fit better.
Reshaping the breasts by eliminating extra skin, raising the nipple and areola, and molding the fibrous tissue can create a perkier bust line for a more youthful look.
Breast Lift can also be used to reduce over-sized or stretched out areolas for more natural looking breasts.
How is a Breast Lift Performed?
According to William Ross, a breast lift surgeon from Naples, FL, an incision is made around the circumference of the areola, followed by an incision stretching from the areola down to the tuck of the breast, and then ending with an incision along the area below the breast tuck to prepare for the lift. However, the incisions your surgeon actually make ultimately depends on your specific breasts and breast lift needs.
Once the incisions are made, the surgeon will then remove the extra skin. He or she may also suction out excess fat if needed. The fibrous tissue is then molded and lifted into a more natural shape and position; the skin is pulled taut, and the surgical cuts are sealed.
Will a Breast Lift Make My Breasts Smaller?
The objective of a breast lift is to simply lift the breasts back to a higher, more natural position on the body. However, as we saw, because it also involves removing excess skin, and in some cases, excess fat as well, some patients are under the notion that it also decreases the size of the breasts.
This is due largely in part to many women reporting wearing a smaller cup size following the procedure. However, several studies show that this decrease in cup size is actually a result of a change in breast shape and not an actual decrease in the size of the breasts. In fact, during a breast lift, no breast tissue is removed, only extra skin, which really doesn’t contribute much to volume. After the lift, the fibrous tissue is simply raised on the wall of the chest and then molded into more of a cone shape, which helps create perkier breasts.
Researchers further go on to conclude that because a breast lift simply restores the breasts back to their normal position, women considering the procedure should consider their true cup size, which may be smaller than what they currently wear due to excess skin, when it comes to setting their expectations in order to avoid patient dissatisfaction.
It is Possible to Get Volume Added to My Breasts During a Breast Lift?
Sometimes, a breast lift alone is not enough to present the patient with the breasts they want. However, it is possible to combine a breast lift with breast implants to get the breasts of your dreams.
In fact, opting for a breast lift along with breasts augmentation helps you get the most from your procedure. And when adding implants along with a breast lift, the implant doesn’t require much volume because the breasts will be lifted into the correct position and given shape, which also helps lower your costs.
Therefore, if you’ve always wanted perky, fuller breasts, up to a cup size larger, then you may consider a breast lift combined with breast augmentation for impressive results.
Who May Consider a Breast Lift Combined with Breast Implants?
If you feel that your breasts are too lax and sag too low, and they have lost their volume and shape, then you may consider a combination surgery.
If you have stretched breast skin and over-sized areolas, you may also be a good candidate for breast lift combined with breast implants.
Women who have had multiple pregnancies and those who have breastfed have also benefited from a combination surgery.
A combination surgery may also benefit women who have one breast that falls lower than the other. A breast lift combined with breast augmentation helps lift the breasts and adds shape, which helps add symmetry to the breasts, for a more even bustline. The surgeon can even combine a breast lift along with breast implants to restore a normal more natural shape to tuberous breasts.
If your skin quality is poor, you have a significant amount of excess skin, you have stretch marks, or it seems like your skin, glands, and chest wall are disconnected from each other, then you may also benefit from a combination surgery.
What are the Benefits of Having a Breast Lift Combined with Breast Augmentation?
A combination surgery helps fill out the breasts, which helps improve their overall appearance. The implants also help decrease the need for a full lift. Combining both surgeries also requires less removal of the skin, so there is also less scarring.
By combining both surgeries, patients can also reduce their hassle and recovery time, so there is less downtime. And because both procedures are performed at once, it also helps lower your costs.
However, it is also possible to receive both surgeries on their own and still reap the benefits of each. In fact, some surgeons prefer to do the lift and augmentation in two stages for better control over the results.
In the end, there are many benefits to having your breasts lifted through surgery, including it can enhance your silhouette, and the effects can last for years to come, provided you do not gain weight or become pregnant following the procedure. It can also help a woman feel more comfortable in her own skin, which helps boost self-esteem and confidence. In fact, many patients report feeling more feminine, confident, and self-assured after their procedure.