I want my breasts to be a little more lifted but I'm in no way ready for all the scars associated with full on breast lift surgery. Is it possible to get a breast lift without surgery, like with a skin tightening laser (Titan?) or something?
Breast Lift Without Surgery?
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Breast Lift Without Surgery
A breast lift is required when the breast skin stretches so much that the nipple areolar complex is below the inframammary fold or the crease below the breasts. At this time there is no technology, other than surgery, that could tighten the skin so much that the nipple areolar complex is returned to it appropriate position. So unfortunately if you what the lift you'll have to accept the scars.
Skin tightening lasers will not lft breasts
Non surgical skin tightening technologies such as Laser, Radiofrequency (Thermage), and Infra red energy (Titan and LuxIR Deep) can only produce about 10-20% skin tightening in the face, a structure which does not have a heavy gravitational pull.
The breast weighs more and is subject to much more gravitational pull than is the face. These forces overcome any skin tightening effects of the non surgical skin tightening therapies.
Don't waste your money on these therapies.
If you really need a breast lift find an experienced Plastic Surgeon Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and discuss a Dermal mastopexy and see photos of the scars produced.
In my experience most women are so happy with the shape and look of the lifted breast that they are not concerned about the scarring.
Can breasts be "lifted" without surgery?
NO. A"lift " entails raising the nipple/areola complex back to it's original anatomic position and refoming the breast mound by taking in the breast skin (skin bra) in a three dimensional manner.
Lasers ,suction drugs.exercises can not do this. Se my site for other replys to similar questions and pix.
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Breast Lift Surgery Is Your Best Option
Breast sag can adversely impact a women’s self image, self confidence, and self esteem and for this reason many seek correction of this problem. However, they are often afraid of surgery and therefore look for other non surgical solutions. These may include laser treatments, exercises, pills and topical creams. None of these treatments have been shown to be effective in addressing breast sag.
Unfortunately, surgery with removal of excess skin is necessary to correct this problem. This requires a breast lift procedure.
Non surgical mastopexy
You are asking for a miracle cure that unfortunately does not exist. There are no definitive methods to tighten the skin despite the hype. If we could do it with breasts then we could do this for the rest of the body and eliminate face lifts, tummy tucks, etc.
Although we may disagree on many different topics, it appears from my colleagues opinions below that we all agree that there are no satisfactory non-surgical breast lifts.
Web reference: http://www.bodysculptor.com/lift.html
Scarless breast lift
Any true lift of the breast will require some sort of scar. Botox will not do it, and certainly none of the lasers will. Sorry but no scarless breast lift.
Scarless Breast Lift
Every breast lift technique that works leaves some kind of scar. There simply is no reliable technology available to lift the breasts without leaving some sort of mark on the skin.
What we can do is to minimize the scars of a breast lift by leaving them only at the border of the areola in an effort to camouflage them. Another option might be to have an augmentation because this can create the illusion that the breast have been lifted due to the volume enhancement. These two options are only going to help patients who need minimal lifting.
There are other techniques that create less scarring with a more formal lift. I would also advice the use of silicone sheets and lasers to assist with minimizing scar formation post-operatively.
Thomas P. Sterry, MD, MS, FACS
Breast lift without the scars
Many patients share your concerns. I agree that there is no non-surgical method that is both effective and safe. The extent of the scar depends on how much excess skin you have. Without pictures, this is unknown. Keep in mind that some patients need only a peri-areolar scar while others might need a vertical scar and/or horizontal scar in the crease. The trade-off is the scar for the lift, as you said. As time goes on, the scars usually become less noticeable. In addition, LASER treatments can help blend scars. I think the Quill suture helps produce a fine quality scar and wearing tape on the scar for 3 months after surgery helps as well. So if you really want the lift, there are things you can do to minimize scars and produce high-quality scars.
Breast lift without surgery
There are several reasons why breasts sag:
- you loose breast volume (while maintaining the same breast skin envelope),
- your breast skin envelopes increases (as after having a large breast implant ),
- you lose breast volume AND have a larger skin envelope (as after pregnancy).
To lift the breast up the breast skin envelope MUST be made smaller; to increase the duration of the duration of the lift this is BEST done by shaping the breast gland itself (such as in a short scar breast lift like a HALL-FINDLAY MASTOPEXY).
At the present time, DESPITE WHAT YOU READ OUT THERE, there is no safe and effective modality (laser, lotion, potion, pill or incantation) that can safely tailor either breast tissue or breast skin. For skin to shrink sufficiently to lift a B to C cup breast would literally require the skin to be cooked to the point of a burn (Remember how a steak shrinks on a hot grill?).
Your only option is a surgical breast lift done by a REAL Plastic surgeon (www.PlasticSurgery.org).
Non-surgical breast lift??
There is presently no non-surgical breast lift that has been shown to be either safe or effective. Threadlifts have been promoted by non-plastic surgeons and have failed and even resulted in legal actions against the practitioner. Thermage and Titan may have unpredicted damage to the breast tissues because of exposing them to deep heating. Whether this can increase the risk of breast cancer is unknown. However, it is not worth taking any risk especially for a procedure which has never been shown to make a significant positive change. Best to wear good support and defer on any treatments until the time when the tradeoff of surgery will be worth it for you.
Web reference: http://www.randcosmeticsurgery.com
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