I'm 19 and I'm Thinking of Getting a Breast Lift. I Need Advice. (photo)

So I’m 19 years old. I’ve had saggy breasts my whole life. I’m really self conscious about them and it makes me feel ugly. The thing is is that I’m really against surgeries. (I’m a holistic health kind of person) I’m tired of feeling ugly and I want them to change but I’m not sure if I want surgery. I guess I’m just looking to have some advice. What do you think?

Doctor Answers 19

Breast lift advice

My first advice to you would be to remind you that you breasts are perfectly normal and many women your age have similarly shaped breasts.  There should be no rush in deciding to have breast lift surgery, so take your time and get consultations with at least two board certified plastic surgeons before proceeding with the breast lift.  Make certain you write down all of your questions and concerns prior to going to your consultation.  Ask to see pre and post op photos of patients who have had a breast lift and how your surgeon would handle any potential problems or complications.  In the final analysis, only you can determine if a breast lift is in your best interest.  Best of luck.

San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

I'm 19 and I'm thinking of getting a breast lift. I need advice. (photo)

Hello! Thank you for your question!  The mastopexy procedure raises the breast, which ultimately provides a more youthful and perky breasts. This is done by removing the extra loose skin and rearranging the surrounding breast tissue in order to reshape and support the newly formed breast. At the same time, the nipple-areolar complex (NAC) is raised to the ideal position above the fold beneath your breast (the inframammary fold) as well as being placed at the most projecting portion. Oftentimes with age or following pregnancy, the NAC becomes widened and enlarged. This may be reduced in size during the breast lift procedure.

It is common for the breast to lose its firmness and uplifted appearance over time, which is also accentuated with age, pregnancy/breast feeding, weight gain/loss, and gravity. This results in breast ptosis, or sagging of the breast, with a “deflated” appearance. Women seek the mastopexy procedure to regain the previous youthful appearance of her breasts and women report increased confidence, self-esteem, and femininity once achieving this desired shape and fullness. Breast lifts may or may not be performed with implants – the implant would add increased size but also greater fullness in the upper pole of the breasts which creates more cleavage.  Hope that this helps!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Breast Lift

It is unfortunate that your breast shape is not to your liking, but you should not let this define your self image.  You are more than the shape of your breast and you did nothing to cause your breast to be shaped this way.  A breast lift can improve the appearance of your breast, but the trade-off is the presence of scars which will always be present.  Other complications with the surgery can also occur.  On a positive note, many women are happy after breast lift and it certainly can improve your self image as it relates to your breast. This is a big decision and one you should not rush into.  You should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss the pros and cons so that you can make the best decision for yourself.  There is no harm in delaying the surgery other than lost time.  Once you do the surgery, you can't undo it.

Don W. Griffin, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 73 reviews

Options are limited


I believe what your goal would be to have areolas positioned higher on each breast and with more symmetry compared to one another.  Surgery will definitely correct this.  If you are not ready for surgery at this time it will be an option down the road.  In terms of non surgical options the only other thing that is available is Ulthera.  Its ultrasound and designed to tighten deep tissue.  It would only improve the position of your areola by 1-2 mm and the results would not be permanent.

All the best,

Dr Repta

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 165 reviews

Breast lift

Unfortunately without surgery your breasts can not be lifted. Sorry.  But only have surgery if you really want it done.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Breast lift without surgery

Thank you for your question.  Most people would like to avoid having surgery whenever possible.  If you would like to get a breast lift, you can choose surgery.  If you wish to avoid surgery, you can choose a push up bra.  Those are really your only two options.
Based on your pictures, you right and left breast differ in size and shape and that would need to be addressed as well.  There is likely a reason why you wish to avoid surgery and once you are able to overcome that hurdle, a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon would be your next step towards feeling more beautiful.
Martin Jugenburg, MD

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 469 reviews

Breast lift surgery

According to stats from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast lifts are quite common in the United States with close to 90,000 performed in 2010.  Breast lifts improve the overall appearance of the breasts by removing excess areolar tissue, as well as skin from around the areola and from the inferior portion of the breast. The areolae typically look smaller and the nipples sit higher after the procedure. Patients need to be content with their current size, in that they may end up being a bit smaller after surgery. To determine if a breast lift is a good idea, you may want to review photos of patients who have had a breast lift. It is important to find photos of patients who looked like you do before they had surgery.

Kelly Gallego, MD, FACS
Yuba City Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Breast lift can give better shape and symmetry

Based on your photos, you appear to have some breast asymmetry and slight sagging of your breasts; both of which can be addressed at the time of a breast lift (mastopexy). The type of incision likely will involve a lollipop type of pattern. These scars generally heal quite well but are not invisible. You can have an improved breast contour however you will have some scars. Discuss this in detail with your plastic surgeon at the time of your consultation. You can also discuss if this is something you may want to hold off on doing until you have children.

Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 376 reviews

Improvement in Breast Shape will Require Surgery

Hi there-

Unfortunately, because of the combination of characteristics that your breasts show, it will be impossible for you to achieve improvement in your breast shape without surgery.

Because you are so very young (although I know hearing it doesn't make you feel better), I would consider your options very carefully over a long time before proceeding. The scars don't necessarily need to be ugly or conspicuous, but they are permanent.

Find a surgeon you like and think you can trust and visit for a consultation... Then mull it over for a long while. If it seems like the right thing for you after you've learned all about it and had time to think about it, the likelihood is that your satisfaction will be high. 

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 159 reviews

Breast Lift

As other responders have mentioned having a breast lift is a trade off between achieving a more perky breast for more scars.  Since you have gone to the trouble to post on this site with photos you obviously are not happy with your current appearance as you state you feel "ugly".   There are several options available to you and I would recommend consultation with at least two surgeons.  Make sure that they are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  I find that most lift patients are happiest if they have at least a small implant placed as it will give more superior fullness and a better shape to the breast.  As for the lift I would utilize a vertical technique to minimize the scarring.



Gary Hall,MD

Gary Hall, MD (retired)
Kansas City Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

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