There are many reasons your breasts may experience sagging over the years. Fortunately, having a breast lift can correct most issues with sagging. A breast lift can make you more comfortable with your physical appearance and reduce instances of irritation under the breasts.
Many women want to have a breast lift as a result of changes they have experienced in their body over the years, such as weight loss, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. You will need to take into consideration any future changes you expect in your body before you have a breast lift. For optimum results, you will be advised to be close to your ideal weight before having the procedure. Additionally, your family planning goals should also influence your decision on when you have a breast lift. Since you may need to pay out-of-pocket for a breast lift and have a lengthy recovery, you will want the results to be maintained as long as possible.
Your surgeon will want to know whether you want to have implants at the time of your breast lift. Implants can be the right choice if you have substantial loose skin on your breasts that cannot be eliminated in a single procedure or to reduce the amount of skin that needs to be removed. Additionally, if you need a breast lift as a result of a significant weight loss, you might find your figure is more balanced with a little extra volume from implants. If possible, it is generally better to have your implants done at the same time as your breast lift so you can avoid a separate procedure. Of course, the final decision will rest with your surgeon. If your breast lift will be extensive, it may not be in your breast interest to have a longer procedure to insert implants at the same time.
If you want larger or fuller breasts in addition to a breast lift, but do not feel comfortable with implants, you may want to discuss a simultaneous fat transfer with your surgeon before you commit to a breast lift. Fat transfer is done by harvesting fat from elsewhere on the body, which is ideal if you want liposuction on your abdomen, back, or lower body. The fat is processed and injected into your lifted breasts. Fat transfer can be ideal if you are not trying to achieve significantly larger breasts, but you want more fullness in certain areas, which would be difficult to accomplish with implants.
Before you have a breast lift, there are several consideration to achieve the best possible results. In some cases, having more than one procedure simultaneously can give you lifted, fuller breasts with less recovery time.