Wendy Lewis is Pleased to Announce the Publication of Her 11th Book on Cosmetic Beauty!
Check out the Vibrant Nation Health Guide Cosmetic Procedures and Plastic Surgery After 50: Expert Advice for Choosing the Best Option for You. This authoritative and comprehensive guide gives you the information you need about what to before and after plastic surgery, whether you’re thinking of eyelid lift surgery, a breast reduction and lift or any type of breast cosmetic surgery, liposculpture, or simply a face lift.
Do You Need a Breast Lift?
If your breasts have continued to grow and sag as you get older, you may be considering either breast reduction surgery or a breast lift. But which type of surgery do you choose? The answer will probably be determined by the size of your breasts, how they are affecting your day-to-day life, and how long the results may last.
According to renowned aesthetics consultant and Vibrant Nation health and beauty expert Wendy Lewis, also called The Knife Coach®, author of Cosmetic Procedures and Plastic Surgery After 50: Expert Advice for Choosing the Best Option for You, a mastopexy or breast lift is “a surgical procedure to raise and reshape breasts that have sagged as a result of pregnancy, nursing and the natural force of gravity. It can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. A breast lift can also be combined with an implant in some cases where volume needs to be enhanced or replaced.”
Breast lift surgery may involve repositioning the areola and nipple, as well as lifting the breast tissue and removing skin. It may be performed alone, or in combination with placement of breast implants. When implants are used, the procedure is typically called breast augmentation. The changes made during the surgery are temporary, as the effects of gravity and ongoing aging will continue, causing ptosis (the drooping or sagging of the breast) to recur over time.
What Does A Breast Reduction Entail?
When women complain of back, shoulder and neck pain due to the large breasts, many doctors may recommend reduction mammoplasty, or breast reduction surgery. The procedure provides smaller, lighter, and firmer breasts. The surgeon may also reduce the size of and change the shape of the areola or nipples. In Cosmetic Procedures and Plastic Surgery After 50: Expert Advice for Choosing the Best Option for You, author Wendy Lewis describes the most common breast reduction surgery technique as follows:
“An anchor-shaped incision circles the areola, extends downward and follows the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast. Incisions outline the area of skin, breast tissue and fat to be removed, and also outline the new position for the nipple. In most cases, the nipples remain attached to their blood vessels and nerves. Excess tissue, fat, and skin are removed, and the nipple and areola are moved into their new position. The surgeon then moves skin from both sides of the breast to shape the new contour of the breast. If the breasts are very large or pendulous, the nipples and areola may have to be completely removed and grafted into a higher position. The surgeon removes excess glandular tissue, fat and skin, and moves the nipple and areola into their new position. Skin that was formerly located above the nipple is brought down and joined to reshape the breast. Sutures are used to close the incisions, giving the breast its new contour.”
While there are several techniques to achieve the results in use today, all reduction methods produce some degree of breast lift. Patients may take a few weeks for initial recovery. However, it may take from six months to a year for the body to completely adjust to the new breast size.
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