Pregnancy, nursing, aging, and gravity eventually cause a woman’s breasts to sag, as the skin loses its elasticity and the breasts lose their fullness and firmness. Breastlift surgery raises and reshapes the breasts and reduces the size of the areola. Breasts of any size can benefit from this surgery, but results vary. If a woman plans to continue having children, she may want to wait, as stretching of the breasts during pregnancy could offset the positive effects of a breastlift. As with any plastic surgery, it is important to approach it with realistic expectations about the outcome.
For women who have small breasts or diminished volume following pregnancy, breast implants can be inserted at the same time as the breastlift to enhance size and firmness. Candidates for mastopexy must be healthy, emotionally stable, and realistic about the results of a breastlift. Women with small, sagging breasts notice the best results, but surgeons can lift breasts of any size, although the larger breasts usually will not experience longer lasting results.