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Mytien Goldberg, MD, FACS

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Can breast implants achieve some lifting of sagging breasts?

Posted March 21, 2012 in Breast Implant, Breast Lift, Breast Lift with Implants

Do Breast Implants Lift

There are many cosmetic surgery procedures commonly performed on the breasts and those who have not researched them before are often unfamiliar with what each procedure is intended to address. We were recently asked if breast implants can achieve some lifting of sagging breasts. In truth, women with sagging breasts are facing an issue of excess skin, which is often caused by fluctuations in weight, aging and gravity or the trauma of childbirth and breastfeeding.

An implant will indeed make the breast larger, but the amount of excess skin commonly concerning women who consider their breasts to be sagging is generally much more skin than would be occupied by a reasonable sized implant. Furthermore if an implant is added to sagging breasts in which the nipple is facing downward, the location and direction of the nipple will remain in nearly the same position and orientation even afterwards.

A breast lift is a procedure in which the skin of the breasts is first pulled taught. After which the excess skin is removed and the nipple is relocated at the proper level and angle to assure that the breast appears balanced and youthful. Although a breast lift makes the breast look more youthful, smooth and firm it will often make the breast appear slightly smaller because of the excess skin being removed.

While breast implants alone cannot full address concerns of sagging breasts, breast lift procedures are specifically designed to address sagging breasts. One popular option that many women who are concerned with both sagging breasts and the current or post-op breast size now choose is to have a breast lift with breast implants, which can be done in one procedure or the two can be done separately. This allows patients to increase the size of the breasts while simultaneously addressing the issue of saggy breasts.

Breast implants alone, even large ones, will likely not prevent sag in breasts that are already sagging. Sagging breasts should be treated with a breast lift but can include implants. A breast lift with breast implants is a great option for those who are afraid of losing mass or cup sizes after a breast lift and for those who would like slightly larger breasts as well as a firmer and fuller shape free of sag.


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