Today’s blog focuses on one of the most popular, beautiful cosmetic procedures ever offered to women: The breast lift.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the number of breast lift procedures has grown seventy per cent since 2000.

“As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. A breast lift is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts–at least, for a time.”

This procedure, also called mastopexy, is designed to counteract sagging caused by these forces of nature:

1. Pregnancy and/or nursing: Obviously, child-bearing will change the shape of the bosom, but it need not be forever.  (As we indicate later in this blog,  if  “your breasts are small or they have lost volume–for example, after pregnancy–breast implants inserted in conjunction with mastopexy can increase both their firmness and their size.)”

2. Gravity: We can not fight this force against the physique forever, but we can certainly delay it with rejuvenating procedures such as the breast lift. Keep in mind that no surgery can permanently repel the effects of gravity.

3. Weight gain or loss over the years: Our diets determine much about the shapes of our bodies, but mastopexy can help re-sculpt the skin around the breasts after weight gain or loss. Once your weight goals have been achieved, the secret to maintaining your most youthful appearance is often found in a healthy diet and lifestyle.

4. Normal Aging: The inevitable march of time as well as your heredity bring a certain amount of normal sagging to the contour of your breast. It is part of growing older.

5. Enlarged Areola: Some women discover that their areola have become enlarged, due to stretching and sagging. A breast lift will reduce the size of these pigmented areas around the nipples.

After this assault of time and nature, the breast lift is the surgical way to relocate the breasts back into a higher, more youthful position. What is commonly perceived as a “sag” is the result of overstretched skin. To put it simply, “The breast lift surgery removes the excess skin and tightens underlying breast tissue, so the breast is supported in a higher position.”

If these issues concern you, then the breast lift might be the perfect procedure for you.

Although breast lift surgery removes or tightens excess skin, and rejuvenates the appearance of that most feminine of characteristics, the contour of your breast, it does not address the issue of volume.

If you wish to have the size of your breasts increased or if you would like to plump up the upper part of your breasts, then other procedures can be performed in conjunction with this surgery.

Breast lift surgery is not meant to change the size of your breasts, but only to give you an uplifted appearance. Fuller breasts can be achieved with breast augmentation surgery.

A breast lift will also combine well with breast reduction surgery, if you desire smaller breasts.

At Orlando Cosmetic Surgery, doctors and staff believe that it is very important to discuss your preferences and goals with your surgeon.

For information on the steps of a breast lift, we invite you to visit the site of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.   At this source you can look at diagrams and read descriptions of each step of a typical breast lift.

We also caution you to keep in mind that no case is really typical. There are various choices to be made by you and your surgeon, depending on your individual case. Always feel free to ask your surgeon questions.  You can read some of Dr. Orlando Cicilioni’s thoughts on the breast lift procedure by clicking on this page, which he prepared especially for patients who are interested in knowing more about this rejuvenating procedure.

Once again, Orlando Cosmetic Surgery thanks you for reading our blog, and we hope you will return many times to explore your cosmetic surgery options.