The Truth about a Natural Breast Lift
If your breasts have become droopy or are sagging, you might have considered getting breast implants or undergoing a breast lift procedure. Some doctors and medical spas promote something called a “natural breast lift” that involves lasers or some type of exercises and creams that firm up the breasts. These often seem like an attractive alternative to undergoing surgery but many experienced plastic surgeons have confirmed that they really don’t work – there isn’t such a thing as a “natural” breast lift. Here are some things you should know:
How a Natural Breast Lift is Performed
The “natural breast lift” procedure is usually performed by a plastic surgeon or at a medical spa facility. Some centers use lasers that are supposed to tighten, firm, and lift up the breast tissue to create a more youthful appearance. Some may offer Thermage, a skin tightening procedure that is typically recommended for correcting sagging skin. A series of breast massages can improve blood flow and circulation and promote healthy growth of the breasts. Still, none of these treatments or processes are anywhere near as effective – and often don’t produce any significant results – as breast lift surgery. The only real non-surgical alternative to a breast lift procedure is to wear a push-up bra or a specialty bra.
Best Options for a Breast Lift
So what are your best options for a breast lift? Most doctors recommend either breast implants or a simple breast lift procedure where the surgeon can tighten the tissues and reposition the breasts. Keep in mind that there will be more scarring and downtime involved if you decide to get implants.
During a standard breast lift procedure, the surgeon works to correct sagging or drooping of the breasts by making three small incisions: one around the areola, one from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast, and one horizontally beneath the breast so it follows the natural curve of the breast crease. The surgeon can remove excess skin and move the nipple and areola to a higher position. The surgeon is essentially reforming the breast tissue to create a firmer appearance and may move the entire breast up a few inches to create a more youthful contour.
The end result of a breast lift is to make your breasts firm and lift them up to a more aesthetically pleasing position. Any incisions from the surgery will fade over time and results are permanent until you become pregnant or if you gain or lose a significant amount of weight.
If you think you might be a good candidate for a breast lift, talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area for a consultation.