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For some women, nothing’s as effective at boosting the spirits as a mastopexy, or breast lift.

The aging process affects our figures steadily and relentlessly, causing sags and bags. No doubt you’re fully aware of this! But you may not be aware that all it may take to regain satisfaction with your shape and a renewed spring in your step is a breast lift.

How do you know if a breast lift is for you? Have you ever:

• Pulled your bra straps up to see how your breasts used to look?

• Wondered why clothes you once wore now make you feel frumpy?
• Caught a glimpse of your profile in a mall mirror and thought, UGH?
• Noticed how your nipples point down when they used to point forward?

If you are generally happy with your size and shape but feel that your bust line is weighing you down, you may want to consider a mastopexy. Like other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures it is surgery with inherent risks. But breast lift surgery is generally very safe and routine when performed by an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon.

There are several variations on the traditional mastopexy. In most cases, incisions are made around the nipple and down toward the crease of the breast. This technique is called the “lollipop” incision. The surgeon positions the nipples higher on the breast mound, removes an inverted “v” of skin below the nipple, and sutures the edges of the remaining skin in place. The tightened skin thus boosts the breast tissue higher on the chest and supports it in a more youthful position.

After surgery, the breasts ride high and tight for a few days. They gradually relax into place as swelling subsides. Most patients report mild to moderate discomfort at first, and the majority can resume light activities within three or four days and go back to work in about a week.

Is a breast lift the right choice for you? If you’re considering the procedure and you’ve done some research on the Web, a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon could be the next step you’ll want to take. A reputable professional will give you information you need and never pressure you in any way. It’s your decision.

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I completely understand, Karen. From the many conversations I've had with women over the last several years, I found the majority (especially those who have had breast lifts, reductions and reconstructions) to be very down-to-earth people. They don't seem to want to be the center of attention--quite the contrary, in fact.

In another life, I wrote the first three breast reduction stories on this site: http://www.losangelesbreastreduction.com/breast-reduction-stories.cfm

What awesome women! What came through for me from each one I spoke with was the new lease on life they felt after having surgery.

I hate to sound like an advocate, and I actually often do feel taken aback by what some people do to their bodies. But in cases like yours, it's hard not to say "Go for it!" If you feel you would tolerate surgery well and know you would experience joy and if your breasts were sized and positioned better for your body...well...

Best of luck, Karen, whatever you decide.

August 19, 2010 - 4:15pm

Hi Karen...Sorry to answer as a writer, but I have spoken with many women who have had breast lifts and the majority are very happy they took the plunge. The main cons are that it is surgery that will involve some discomfort and a recovery period, and it isn't cheap. But many women feel that the pros of being happy again in t-shirts, sweaters and other form-fitting clothes outweighs the down side of surgery.

Have you checked out realselfcom? While EmpowHer is my go-to place for a huge range of health info pertinent to women, on RealSelf women review their procedures candidly and doctors answer questions in a straightforward way. Check it out if you haven't already.

August 19, 2010 - 3:07pm
(reply to Cathy Enns)

Thank you SO much, Cathy!

I never heard of RealSelf, but will visit/explore this evening.

My sister had reduction, but not a lift, and I may need both. I'm by no means vain, but I'm tired of trying to camouflage & feeling less attractive....

August 19, 2010 - 3:51pm

I'm considering this & would love to hear from others- pro or con- that have been thru it.

August 19, 2010 - 1:28pm
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