Do I Need a Lift w/ Implants If I Only Have Minor Sag to my Breast?
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Bi- planar breast augmentation can often compensate for minor degrees of breast ptosis
Generally speaking if your nipple is above the inframammary fold, the fold beneath your breast, then this sagging is called glandular ptosis and a biplanar breast augmentation may suffice without the need for a lift.
Please consult a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, experienced in breast lift surgery and who has an excellent reputation in your community.
Lift or Implants for "Minor Sag"
While increasing the volume of your breasts can help to fill your breasts, implants do not lift the breast.
If you have had some deflation of the breast, but the nipples are above the height of the breast crease and the bottom of the breast has not dropped significantly, filling out the breast skin with more volume (breast implants) can work beautifully.
If the nipple or bottom of the breast are too low on the chest, a lift may be a better alternative.
Your plastic surgeon can make this determination for you at consultation.
Lift or implants?
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Lift or no lift?
It would completely depend on how much excess skin you have and wear that skin is in relation to the crease beneath your breasts. If it is above, you may not need a lift. If most of your breast is below the crease, you will probably need to consider a lift. Another way to try and figure this out is to look at yourself in a mirror. Do you see any breast skin beneath your areola? or is the areola at the bottom of the breast when you look at the reflection.
Breast Lift or Just Breast Implants
Lift or no lift
Need a Lift w/ Implants If I Only Have Minor Sag
Breast implants without lift
Larger Implants vs Breast Lift
It is impossible to tell whether you are someone that would get a good result with an augmentation alone or with some type of lift without pictures.
The other thing to keep in mind is that there are several types of lifts that are possible from a periareolar lift, vertical and full anchor mastopexy. This gives your surgeon several options to help you receive the best possible result with the least amount of scars.
I would just be very cautious about placing a larger implant with the sole intention of avoiding a lift. If you want bigger breasts that is fine but don’t trade one problem for another.
Bi-Planar Breast Augmentation for Patients with Mild Breast Sag
Breast lift surgery can frequently be avoided in patients with mild breast sag by performing a bi planer breast augmentation. This procedure partially separates the breast tissue from the underlying muscles. This maneuver allows breast tissue to spread evenly over the breast implant and helps avoid breast lift surgery and its associated scarring.
Bi planer breast lifts are only effective when minimal breast sag is present. When breast sag is moderate to severe, a breast lift variant is usually necessary.
It’s virtually impossible to recommend a specific procedure without performing a physical exam or evaluating pictures. It’s therefore important to be evaluated by a board certified plastic surgeon with experience performing this procedure. This surgeon should be able to make an appropriate recommendation.
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