Why Breast Lifts Now Outpace Breast Implants

Every year in the United States, hundreds of thousands of women decide to improve the size, shape, contour, or overall appearance of their breasts with cosmetic surgery. Although breast augmentation is still the top cosmetic solution among women — implants accounted for close to 70% of all cosmetic breast surgeries in 2018 — breast lifts are skyrocketing in popularity.   

The number of women opting to have a breast lift has more than doubled since 2000, marking a dramatic two-to-one growth rate compared to the number of women who are choosing to have implants. 

For many of the women who seek cosmetic breast improvement at Desired Beauty in Los Angeles, California, bigger isn’t necessarily better — but firmer and more lifted most definitely is. Here’s how a breast lift can help you attain youthfully lifted, beautifully contoured breasts.   

Cosmetic breast changes 

Genetics may initially determine the size, shape, and position of your breasts, but life has a way of changing their appearance over time.  

Age-related hormonal changes and gravity form a kind of one-two punch that stretches out and weakens the skin that supports your breast tissues, leaving them softer, saggier, and lower on your chest than they used to be. 

Postpartum weight loss (or any significant weight loss, for that matter) and breastfeeding can reduce breast tissue volume and reduce your cup size. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can also increase the size of your areolas and change the position of your nipples. 

Breast lift surgery basics

Breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy, raises and repositions sagging breasts by removing the excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to recreate a more youthful breast contour. 

On top of eliminating sag and returning your breasts to their original, higher position on your chest, breast lift surgery also restores “upper pole fullness” so your breast tissue is more evenly distributed around your nipple. 

While a breast lift can successfully transform sagging, teardrop-shaped breasts into breasts that are youthfully high, round, and symmetrical, it doesn’t address lost tissue volume or change the size of your breasts. Women who are looking to increase their cup size can achieve the results they’re after with implants in a breast augmentation procedure. 

Typical breast lift candidates

Breast lift surgery is designed to address the kind of moderate-to-severe skin laxity that causes excessive breast sag (breast ptosis) and/or low areolas (nipple ptosis). 

The typical breast lift candidate has excess skin tissue that causes their breast tissues to drop to a lower position on their chest, often creating the kind of “lower pole fullness” that changes the position of their nipples and/or accentuates the size of their areolas. 

By tailoring your skin tissue so it matches your breast volume perfectly, a breast lift supports your breasts in a higher, more youthful position, helps restore a firmer feel, and creates a more symmetrical silhouette. For most women, this means increased confidence and better-fitting bras.  

Selecting the right procedure

If you’re content with the size of your breasts but self-conscious about their position, breast lift surgery can rejuvenate your figure and take years off your appearance. If you wish your breasts were higher, firmer, and fuller, however, you may need a breast lift as well as implants.  

Ultimately, deciding which procedure or combination of procedures is best for you depends on how well the size, position, shape, and symmetry of your breasts matches up to your personal aesthetic goals. 

Whether you wish your breasts were higher and more youthful, larger and shapelier, or all of the above, board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Farzin Kerendian can help you understand your treatment options so you can choose the solution that’s right for you. 

To learn more, call the office most convenient to you or click the online booking tool to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kerendian any time.