Breast lift is a popular choice among women who seek to restore a firm, attractive look to breasts that have begun to sag as a result of pregnancy, changes in weight or simply the passage of time.
A breast lift performed by experienced St. Louis plastic surgeon C.B. Boswell firms loose skin and restores a youthful profile by elevating the breasts on the chest. Breast lift can also help restore symmetry, when ligaments have relaxed to a greater extent in one breast compared to the other. And, the procedure can return low or downward-pointing nipples to a natural position and appearance.
Profile, Proportion and Volume
Increasing the size is not a primary goal of breast lift, although women can choose to have breast implants placed in conjunction with a lift procedure. Because breast lift elevates the breasts on the chest and reverses sagging, it can create the appearance of larger volume.
In addition, by improving symmetry and restoring a “perky” look by adjusting the position of the nipples, breast lift creates a profile that is more dramatic in its projection, shape and proportion.
New Altitude, New Attitude
Breast lift is particularly effective at revitalizing breasts after pregnancy, as well as restoring the self-confidence a firmer profile inspires.
During the nine months of gestation, breasts naturally swell to a larger size. When this happens, the skin stretches. Once your infant is no longer breastfeeding, the milk-producing gland shrinks and the breasts return to their usual size. But because the skin may not be flexible enough to shrink back to a correspondingly smaller size, sagging can result.
The degree of sagging varies, and is medically described by the “ptosis” classification system: To determine the degree of sagging, a surgeon looks at the position of the nipple relative to the fold or crease at the base of the breast. With Grade 1 ptosis, the nipple and crease are at the same level. In Grade 2 cases, the nipple has dropped below the crease, but it is still higher than the breast gland area that projects over the fold. In Grade 3 ptosis, the nipple is the lowest part of the breast.
To learn more about breast lift or to schedule an appointment, call or email Body Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Skincare Center today.