Trade Sagging for Projection in Westfield, NJ
The appearance of a woman's breasts can change significantly over time, affected by a number of factors that may cause them to go from full and perky to sagging and deflated. A breast lift from NJ-based board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Carlos Burnett at Westfield's Burnett Plastic Surgery can address this problem no matter the cause, creating a silhouette that features breasts that sit higher on the chest and have more projection.
Note that a breast lift may or may not include breast implants to recreate a fuller, more firm breast in addition to correcting sagging. During your consultation with Dr. Burnett, you can discover the customized treatment most suited to your needs.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift in NJ?
There is a genetic element to the look of a woman's breasts, but multiple elements can conspire to pull breasts downward.
Age: With the passing of time, biochemical changes cause the skin to become less elastic, causing it to stretch.
Gravity: The larger the breasts, the more you will experience a gravitational pull. When coupled with age and changes in skin elasticity, gravity can lead to sagging over time.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Together, these cause significant changes in the fatty tissue of the breasts. Increase in size due to hormonal fluctuations, weight gain, and filled milk ducts can lead to permanent changes to breast tissue.
Weight gain and loss: Fluctuations in size can result in an increase and decrease in breast tissue, with the loss of volume causing breasts to sag.
Because of this, breast lift is the procedure of choice for many women. A breast lift can also include the placement of implants, but the lift procedure alone will produce the desired result for many women.
Women who tend to do well with breast lift surgery include those who:
- Are at a stable weight and have no plans for pregnancy at any point after the surgery.
- Are dissatisfied with their deflated, sagging breasts.
- Feel that their breasts have flattened or become elongated.
- Experience an extreme lack of support, which allows their nipples to dip below the crease of the breast.
- Have downward-facing nipples and areolas.
- Have asymmetrical breasts where one is higher than the other.
Breast Lift Details
Dr. Burnett draws on his experience with a range of breast surgery procedures to choose the ideal technique and surgical details for each patient. In general, a breast lift involves the creation of incisions that allow Dr. Burnett to remove excess skin and tissue, in effect pulling the remaining skin tighter, which lifts the breasts higher on the chest. The surgery may also involve the repositioning of downward-facing nipples.
Patients will be able to see the results from the breast lift procedure right away*. Due to post-surgical swelling, which resolves over several weeks, the final shape and position of breasts will become apparent gradually as tissues settle beneath the skin. Similarly, incisions will become less noticeable and may fade significantly over time.
Breast Lift Maintenance
Since the body changes consistently in response to many factors, aging and the effects of gravity will have an impact on the longevity of results obtained through breast lift surgery. Women who undergo this procedure can better maintain results when they follow healthy lifestyle habits*, as recommended by our Westfield, NJ, plastic surgery team. Making the right food choices and getting exercise is good for health and good for weight management, both of which have a direct effect on physique.
Note that Dr. Burnett also recommends that patients who want any surgical procedure—breast lift included—quit smoking before their procedure and do not resume for several weeks, if ever. Smoking impedes healing and is damaging to tissues in general.
It is also important to approach body-changing surgery with healthy reasons and expectations. The breast lift procedure is tailored to the individual and should be sought as a way to improve an already-intact sense of self.
More than a Breast Lift
Women looking to add volume in addition to—or apart from—a lift can choose breast augmentation, which increases the size of the breasts and can change their shape. A breast reduction may also be a standalone procedure or paired with a lift.
The ultimate goal at Burnett Plastic Surgery is building confidence and satisfaction, no matter the procedure.