A Common Patient Question – To Lift or Not
I enjoy answering questions that I receive from my Abilene and Mansfield plastic surgery patients at my Fort Worth practice as I feel it not only helps their understanding of plastic surgery but also gives them the confidence to move forward with their surgical journey. In this blog post, I’ll answer a few common questions I hear about breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy.
How do you know if you need a breast lift?
Question: Do I need a breast lift on both breasts or just the one that is saggier? I don’t mind a slightly mature look. I want to get at least 550 cc saline mod plus or more (under the muscle). I am 5’2 120 lb., will this work for me? I have a rib cage of 30 inches and a BWD of around 15-16 cm but since my breasts are oddly shaped, I am not sure what to get. I have a consultation tomorrow but want more opinions. Thank you!
Answer: Thanks for sharing your question. From what you say, it appears as though you do have slightly more breast drooping on one side vs. the other. In cases with this type of asymmetry, I do prefer to add a lift with similar incision patterns to optimize symmetry. I feel this allows the best control, and in the end, guarantees the best result for you.
If you did decide to try and avoid a lift, it could be reasonable to avoid this with a subglandular breast augmentation (above the muscle). I would only recommend this if you have an adequate volume of breast tissue which is determined on exam and not with photos. It is valuable to get at least a couple of opinions and follow the advice of the surgeon you are most comfortable with. Make sure to select a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to ensure you are seeing a well-qualified specialist.
View this post on Instagram
Can breast implants give you a lift?
Question: What if I am willing to accept some sag in order to avoid mastopexy?
Answer: In my practice, I start off all of my consults by visiting with patients and getting to know what their ultimate goals are. We have a detailed discussion about available implants and important points to consider with each breast implant. Additionally, a detailed exam with tissue-based planning is used and is specific and tailored to each patient. It is during this consult and exam when we can determine which implants are best for you. (You can read more about choosing the right breast implant size in this related blog post.) In many cases, I see patients who are moms and have had some mild to moderate sagging after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Many can be managed with an appropriate implant that gives lift and size. However, some patients truly need that lift as gravity just isn’t our friend in some cases.
All types of breast surgery have a little scarring as you must open the skin to insert the implant. But with proper post-operative care and working with a board-certified plastic surgeon you have the best chance for a minimal scar look.
All the very best,
Steven Camp MD
Peace, love, and bowties
You can see some of our patients’ breast lift before-and-after photos to get an idea of the type of results that are possible.
If you’re ready to explore your breast augmentation and breast lift options at our Fort Worth plastic surgery practice, use our online contact form to request a consultation. You can also call our office at (817) 228-4315 to schedule an appointment.