At some point in their lives, most women can benefit from a breast lift. Breasts that were firm and perky when you were twenty don’t stay that way due to a number of factors. As you age, your skin loses elasticity and the simple pull of unrelenting gravity takes its toll. Breastfeeding your children, rapid weight loss, and sometimes even exercise can add to the sagging and drooping.
Despite what you see online and on television, no cream or special exercise will return your breasts to their former glory. The only thing that can correct sagging skin and breast tissue is a breast lift procedure. Some women hesitate to have surgery because they dread having ugly breast lift scars. That’s why the crescent breast lift is an excellent choice for those who want minimal evidence of the procedure.
What Is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is also known as a mastopexy. The procedure entails removing excess skin and repositioning the nipple so that it is higher. Your doctor will also reshape the remaining breast tissue and depending on your unique situation, may choose to use a breast lift with implants or a breast lift without implants. The goal is to give you firm breasts that look years younger. If you desire larger breasts, you may also choose to increase their size through the a full breast augmentation surgery.
The surgery may be performed at an outpatient clinic or hospital and requires either general or local anesthesia. The number of incisions will depend on which type of mastopexy you choose. Recovery is short and usually involves minimal discomfort.
Types of Breast Lifts
You can choose from four main types of breast lift scars: the anchor, the lollipop, the donut, and the crescent. All of these surgeries are named after the type of scar they cause. The anchor incision goes around the areola, then down and under the breast, making the anchor shape. The lollipop is similar but slightly less scarring. The donut incision simply circles the areola, while the crescent only goes across the top of it.
Since a crescent breast lift requires fewer incisions and leaves less of a scar than other lift types, it’s a popular choice for women who want little evidence of the procedure.
Crescent Breast Lift
The crescent lift works best for breasts that have minor sagging. The procedure is usually combined with a breast augmentation. The plastic surgeon makes a crescent-shaped incision along the top half of your areola. The crescent skin is removed, and the implants are inserted.
The procedure gives you added volume and firmness while raising your nipple into a more youthful position. After the lift, you should have more symmetrical breasts that do not droop. The crescent lift scar will be minimally visible, even immediately after surgery. As time goes by, it will fade and become harder to see, even when you are naked.
Options Other Than a Crescent Lift
The least invasive breast lift procedure is called the scarless lift, but the benefits of this minimally invasive breast augmentation procedure are geared toward women who have lost breast tissue volume. Those with significant sagging aren’t good candidates for this procedure.
Women who do have a great deal of drooping will probably need one of the procedures that leaves a bit more scarring. Although the scars are not desirable, they will fade over time and become far less noticeable. For many women, the benefits of the procedure outweigh the fear of marring their breasts.
Crescent Breast Lift Recovery
In most cases, the surgery will only take an hour or two. Afterward, you will be sent home to recover, usually with some pain medication. Many women find they will only need an OTC pain reliever after the first few days of breast augmentation recovery. After your crescent lift or crescent lift with implants, you should be able to return to work after a few days. Your doctor may limit your exercise routine for the first month or so.
You may experience some tenderness and swelling at first, but for most patients, those symptoms resolve after several months.
After your crescent lift breast augmentation, your breasts will look far younger, although they will still gradually change as you age. That’s why doctors recommend that you wait to get a lift until you’ve finished having children or have lost any weight you want to lose. Extreme body changes can make your breasts sag again, so be mindful of your health so you can continue to look and feel great.
Aging causes body changes for all women. Unfortunately, there is no magic way to keep your breasts looking twenty as your progress through the decades. If you are distressed by sagging breasts, consult with a skilled plastic surgeon. You can get the firm, high breasts you want by having a breast lift. The procedure has been safely done on many women, some of whom are undoubtedly in your community. Women who choose to have the lift generally have increased self-confidence.
Remember, your surgeon will explain the best surgical option for you. The crescent lift route may be the right choice for you.
Contact Dr. Mark Schusterman today for an individual consultation on how a crescent breast lift with implants can help you be the best you.