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Do I Need a Breast Lift?

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Most women are perfectly aware of changes in their breasts, from subtle modifications due to fluctuating hormones or weight gain, to the larger changes that come with pregnancy or age. Some of them are temporary and not terribly concerning, but when the changes are extreme, uncomfortable, or unattractive, and that’s when women begin to consider their surgical options.


Breast augmentation is the procedure more people are familiar with, but women who have experienced or are experiencing breast ptosis/sagging may benefit instead from a mastopexy or breast lift. Determining if a patient needs a breast lift is not complicated and can be done with a few simple measurements as well as some visual observations, even via a virtual consultation. Essentially it requires determining whether the skin has been stretched out or breast sagging has occurred. The surgeon will take the structure of the patient’s breast into account, specifically whether most of the breast tissue is at the top of the breast or the bottom. Other considerations are the patient's expectations and the degree of difference between the breasts.

If you are wondering whether you may need a breast lift, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do your breasts have significant skin laxity - perhaps the result of weight loss or changes due to pregnancy and breastfeeding?

  • Where are your nipples located? Are they at or below the level of your breast fold? Do they point down?

  • Are your breasts different in size or shape from one side to the other?
  • Do you prefer a more natural look or do you want them higher or "perkier"?

Breast implants alone simply add volume to your breasts. They do not lift or shape them, and even with a large implant they may temporarily provide superior fullness, but this is not a durable long-term solution.

Many women become dissatisfied with their breasts after childbearing and breastfeeding. If the skin there is loose, that can only be corrected with a breast lift. Having the excess or pulled skin removed will reshape the breasts, returning them to a more youthful look.

Nipple location is another important indicator. If the nipple and areola are in the middle of each breast, and there is no visible sagging, a breast lift may not be necessary. However, if the nipple is at the level of the imframammary fold, or the place where the breast and the chest meet, sagging has occurred. The lower the nipple is, the more sagging there is. Additionally, if the nipple/areola areas point down or if the majority of the patient’s breast tissue is at the bottom of the breast, that also indicates sagging, and a breast lift is needed to achieve the beautiful, younger look many women seek.

Bancroft Feldman specializes in helping women achieve their personal appearance goals through breast augmentation and breast lift (mastopexy) surgery. We can help you determine which procedures would best help you to do that - whether that’s a breast lift, a breast augmentation or a combination of procedures via a virtual consultation. Contact us today to start work on becoming the more beautiful person you dream of being.

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