Many women will experience some degree of breast sagging during their lifetimes, thanks to hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight changes, and a loss of skin laxity due to the natural aging process. If stretched skin and excess fat have given you elongated, pendulous breasts and downward-pointing nipples, you may be considering breast lift surgery.
However, in some cases, a breast lift alone isn’t necessarily enough to provide the results you need. Here’s how you can tell if you might be a better candidate for a breast reduction to enhance your feminine figure.
How Does a Breast Lift Work?
Due to the aging process, your body will produce less collagen and elastin over time. Without a sufficient supply of these components, your skin will lose its elasticity and begin to sag. Factors such as weight gain, genetics, and lifestyle choices can also take a toll and cause this cosmetic concern. When performing a breast lift, Dr. Mussat will reinforce the breast wall and reposition the nipple-areola complex to deliver perky, youthful breasts with that sensual upward curve.
What Happens During a Breast Reduction?
Women who have large, heavy, sagging breasts may experience significant discomfort, including:
- Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Marks from bra straps digging into your shoulders
- Difficulty finding comfortable, well-fitting clothes
- Postural problems
Dr. Mussat performs breast reduction surgery on an outpatient basis while you are under general anesthesia, using one of three incision patterns that she believes will best satisfy your needs and cosmetic goals.
Making the Right Choice
Deciding between a breast lift or reduction can be challenging. Dr. Mussat can help you decide during your in-person consultation. However, there are at-home ways to tell whether you need a reduction or a lift.
For example, after childbearing or weight loss, you may find the upper poles of your breasts lack volume. Depending on your nipple location and skin tone, you’ll have two options to enhance your breast appearance. First, you may choose a breast lift as a stand-alone procedure or a breast lift with implants. A breast lift with no implants will resolve breast sagging, but not increase size.
However, if you have heavy breast tissues that cause pain, embarrassment, and difficulty exercising, you may want to ask Dr. Mussat about breast reduction. Not only will the procedure reinforce the breast wall, but it will also reduce breast tissue, improve your posture, and ease your discomfort.
Benefits include reducing neck and back pain, no more chafing or rashes at the breast crease, and the ability to buy fashionable clothes off the rack.
Improve Your Quality of Life With Breast Procedures
Exciting new advancements are available in aesthetic breast surgery to help women realize their cosmetic goals. Contact Dr. Florence Mussat today to learn how she can reshape and reinforce your breast appearance and enhance your figure. Schedule a private consultation with Dr. Mussat or call (312) 751-9000.