Breast Implants for Breast Lift Surgery

February 5, 2014

There are two basic techniques to lift a sagging, pendulous breast. The cosmetic surgery technique best for you will depend mostly on the characteristics of your current breast in terms of size and extent of pendulousness (also referred to as ptosis). A simple method to lift a breast is through the insertion of a breast implant. The implant volume serves as a substitute for firm breast tissue and essentially fills out the loose, hanging skin of the breast. The implant basically props the breast up to a more youthful and perky position on the chest. The advantage of this technique is that scarring is very minimal. The disadvantage of this technique is that the amount of lift gained through the procedure is directly proportional to the size of the implant used, ie small implant, minor lift; large implant, significant lift.

This means the procedure may not be appropriate for a woman who is opposed to having her breasts enlarged. The second technique, often called a mastopexy, basically tailors the breast into a more lifted, perky form. This means tissue is removed and adjusted so as to rebuild a more youthful breast form. The advantage of this technique is that implants are avoided for women who are not looking for any enlargement. The disadvantage is that scarring is more significant than when implants are used alone.

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