Through breast lift surgery, women can reverse the effects that time and gravity have had on the shape and feel of their breasts. The dramatic changes to their physical shape can greatly impact their self-confidence and lead to many additional benefits. For the right patient, a breast lift procedure can be a smart personal choice on many levels. Unfortunately, myths and misconceptions about this surgery can sometimes get in the way of a patient’s ability to make a well-informed decision for herself and her body. By clearing up these myths, you might find that a breast lift surgery could be right for you.
Myth #1 – Exercise Delivers the Same Results as Breast Lift Surgery
As the body ages, it’s easy to blame all of these changes on poor lifestyle habits, like eating junk food or avoiding exercise. While that may be true for some of your body’s concerns later in life, the breasts are a separate issue entirely. Yes, there are muscles present behind the breasts that you can exercise to keep toned and firmed. The truth is, however, that the majority of the sagging has to do with the skin, fatty tissue, and breast tissue. Over time, the skin loses elasticity and stretches downward with gravity. The result is droopy, elongated breasts that can’t be firmed, lifted, or tightened with exercise anymore. Breast lift surgery is the only way to restore a more youthful shape to the breasts.
Myth #2 – Breast Lift Patients Have Big Scars
After all the positive changes a breast lift can make to a woman’s appearance, it would be a terrible shame if it also left behind gigantic scars. While many prospective patients are afraid of just that, and an eternity of cover-ups on the beach, this just isn’t true at all. Breast lift surgery will leave behind some scarring, as do all surgeries. However, a skilled, board certified plastic surgeon will place the incisions within the natural creases of the breasts. Here, they can be hidden well enough that they will be undetectable even when you wear that new bikini top to show off your breast lift results. Talk with your surgeon about the placement of your surgical incisions and any concerns you may have.
Myth #3 – Only Large (or Small) Breasts Will Benefit from a Lift
Many prospective breast lift patients make the mistake of assuming that their breasts must be a certain size or shape, or meet some other arbitrary requirements. In reality, qualifying for breast lift surgery is more about your own personal health and the degree of sagging you’re experiencing with your breasts. To be considered eligible for breast lift surgery, you should be a nonsmoker in good overall health and with reasonable expectations for your post-surgical results. You will meet with your plastic surgeon for a consultation, during which your breasts will be examined and assessed for sagging, tissue loss, and other concerns. While women with larger breasts might not see as dramatic a result as those with smaller breasts, a breast lift can still be a helpful way to restore lost firmness and shape.
Myth #4 – Stretch Marks Are Removed During Breast Lift Surgery
Just as there are misunderstandings that can prevent patients from pursuing breast lift surgery, there are also those that might encourage a patient to pursue it for the wrong reasons. For example, patients looking for a solution to stretch marks on their breasts might be disappointed with their surgical results. Breast lift surgery will work to remove some sagging, inelastic skin tissue, but it is not considered a treatment method for stretch marks.
Myth #5 – Breast Lift Surgery Can Reduce Breast Size
While it may sound like removing excess skin can reduce the size of a patient’s breasts, the breast lift procedure is not intended to make breasts smaller in size. Rather, by excising this inelastic skin and reshaping the breast tissue, some patients’ breasts may actually appear firmer and larger. Breast lift surgery will neither enlarge nor reduce the size of the breasts. Talk to your plastic surgeon about breast enlargement or breast reduction if you are looking to achieve a different size.
Myth #6 – Breast Lift Results Will Last Forever
While anti-aging surgeries can do much to rejuvenate your appearance, there is no such thing as a surgery that stops time. Breast lift surgery can set the clock back a little bit and help you to achieve a younger appearance, but time and gravity will continue to work against those results. Following breast lift surgery, patients will see a significant delay and, of course, they will continue to look younger than they would otherwise! Talk with your plastic surgeon about methods for maintaining your breast lift results after surgery.
Plan Your Breast Lift Consultation Today
For expert guidance through the planning process of your breast lift surgery, contact Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, where Dr. Ran Rubinstein can help you to achieve the surgical results you desire.
To contact Dr. Rubinstein, please call 845-863-1772. Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists is located at 200 Stony Brook Court #2 in Newburgh, New York.