Loss of skin elasticity, gravity and other factors such as weight loss, pregnancy and breast-feeding ultimately affect the shape and firmness of your breasts. Patients who are generally satisfied with the size of their breasts can have a breast lift to raise and firm them, resulting in a more youthful breast contour. Other patients may be unhappy that they have lost a significant amount of breast volume over time. In such cases, implants inserted in conjunction with a breast lift can increase breast size at the same time as the shape and position of the breasts is enhanced. This determination is made during your visit with Dr. Morello.
One method of lifting the breasts involves incisions around the areola, then downward and under the breast. After the skin is removed, the nipple and areola are shifted to a higher position. The areola, which in a sagging breast may have been stretched, can be reduced in size. Skin that was formerly located above the areola is brought down and together beneath it to reshape the breast. The nipples and areolas remain attached to underlying breast tissue, and this usually allows for the preservation of sensation and the ability to breast-feed.
Breast lift surgery will make your breasts firmer and more uplifted. The position of your areolas and nipples will be enhanced, and the size of your areolas will be aesthetically pleasing. If we decide that it is desirable to enlarge your breasts at the same time as they are lifted, this will require insertion of breast implants.
The incisions from your breast lift surgery will heal and fade over time. It is important to realize, however, that the incision lines will be permanently visible. Fortunately, the incisions for your breast lift are in locations easily concealed by clothing, even low-cut necklines. Unless you gain or lose a significant amount of weight or become pregnant, your new breast shape should remain fairly constant. However, gravity and the effects of aging may eventually alter the size and shape of virtually every woman's breasts.