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How do you know if you need a breast uplift?

All women's breasts are different, some are large, some are small, some women have uneven nipples and some women have inverted nipples, but that’s what makes us all unique. A lot of women believe that breasts should be 100% symmetrical, however, women’s breasts are never fully symmetrical, it’s actually quite common for women to have one breast slightly different to the other. Here at MYA, we like to refer to breasts as sisters, not twins! 

December 20th, 2021 |Ask an Expert

Do I need a Breast Uplift? 

There are certain physical characteristics that patients may present with that would make them suitable for breast uplift surgery, however, the decision to have cosmetic surgery is a personal choice and one that should not be taken lightly.  

Over time, natural changes can affect the appearance of our breasts; these changes can lead to patients experiencing drooping (ptosis) and breast asymmetry. Slight variances in breast size and shape are usually unnoticeable, however, some patients find that a greater difference in cup size, position and form of the breasts can cause psychological distress or self-confidence issues.  

Breast ptosis and asymmetry can range from mild to severe and can be corrected with a breast uplift procedure. During the surgeon consultation, an expert MYA surgeon will examine the breasts, take measurements and recommend the best treatment plan for the patient, depending on their requirements.  

A breast uplift procedure can be lifechanging for women who are unhappy with the shape and size or their breasts and are wanting to achieve a fuller, uplifted breast shape. If you are considering a breast uplift procedure, we recommend joining the MYA forum, researching the procedure and, talking to likeminded patients who have already been from the MYA journey.   

What causes breasts to sag and droop?  

Natural hormones changes and lifestyle choices can affect the appearance of our breasts, resulting in a change in shape, size and position of the breasts. 

  • Pregnancy can cause fluctuations in weight, leading to stretched, drooping skin. 

  • Breastfeeding can lead to a change in shape, size and fullness of the breasts. 

  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause. 

  • Natural ageing can cause the skin elasticity to break down, leading to ptosis.  

  • Weight loss. 

  • Smoking. 

  • Excessive sun exposure and sunbed use. 

  • Genetics.  

Different types of breast uplifts:

A breast uplift procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and typically take between 2-2.5 hours. 

  • Mastopexy – A mastopexy (breast uplift) is carried out to remove excess skin and tissue from the breast to improve ptosis and the shape of the breasts. Depending on the surgeon’s chosen technique, they will typically make an incision around the areola, a vertical line from the nipple towards the breast crease and may also make a 3-5cm incision along the breast crease. There are two different techniques for this procedure resulting in either an anchor scar or lollipop scar.  

  • Modified mastopexy – A modified mastopexy is commonly known as a nipple lift or nipple reduction and is carried out to reposition or resize the areola and nipple. The surgeon will typically make a circular incision around the areola (known as a donut scar) or a crescent incision around the top of the areola. 

  • Augmented mastopexy – An augmented mastopexy is a breast uplift with implants; the surgeon will typically use the anchor technique to lift the breast to improve ptosis and insert a breast implant to increase the size and volume of the breast.   

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