Cures for Sagging Breasts

The Cause
Your breasts can begin to sag due to a number of reasons. These reasons can include normal breast sagging or drooping that accompanies aging, childbirth, genetics, or weight gain and loss.

The Procedure
The medical term is for the procedure is mastoplexy (MAST-o-pleks-y). It literally means reshaping the breasts. It is commonly referred to as a breast lift.

In this procedure, the surgeon cuts across the breast and around the areola (the darker skin around the nipple). The surgeon will remove some tissue and skin from the lower part of the breast and move the nipple, areola, and breast tissue up.

The procedure is typically done as an outpatient, thought sometimes as an inpatient procedure. It can be done under local or general anesthesia. After surgery, there will be some bruising, swelling, pain, and numbness or dryness of the breasts. The scars will be permanent and transverse the new breasts. They will take several months to a year to fade, and will still be visible, though they will be covered by clothing. Many women's scars fade to a light line, something that looks not unlike mature (over a year old) stretch marks. Patients go back to work in about a week. There should be no strenuous activities for one month. It costs around $5000.

The Risks
The risks of this procedure include unusually wide or thickened scars, or unevenly positioned nipples. There can be permanent loss of sensation or the ability to breastfeed. As with any surgery, there is the risk of infection and anesthesia. There is no evidence that breast lifts (without implants) either contribute to breast cancer or interfere the detection of breast cancer.

Implants are often combined with the lift and may increase the duration of the results. Subsequent pregnancies and weight changes may hasten the return of breasts to their previous placement after a lift. The change is not permanent-normal aging will still affect the breasts.

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