Breast Lift at Iteld Plastic Surgery, with Board Certified plastic surgeon Lawrence Iteld, MD, ChicagoBreast augmentation continues to be the most popular plastic surgery in the U.S. For many women, selecting their preferred implants for their breast augmentation surgery is what they want and what they need. But, for others whose breast are sagging or have nipples that point downward, implants alone won’t cut it; they also need a breast lift, also known as mastopexy.

What is a Breast Lift

A breast lift is a basic procedure that moves the nipple and areola, lifts the breast and eliminates excess skin. It restores a firmer, perkier, and more aesthetically pleasing shape to sagging breasts. I often reduce stretched, large areolae during breast lift surgery, creating an overall better proportioned, natural looking breast.

This not only can improve your appearance by restoring a youthful, feminine proportions, but also help bras and swimsuits fit better, and you’ll look and feel better in clothing. The end result is a perkier look, which is particularly appreciated among those who had sagging breasts prior to surgery.

Combining a breast lift with your breast augmentation is a good way to get the most from your surgery. Your breasts will increase in size but also look better. As a side note, I often combine a lift with other breast surgeries, including reduction and breast augmentation revision.

Do I really need a lift?

You want breast augmentation, but are unsure about a lift and want to think about that before you come in for a consult. Okay. Look at it this way: try the pencil test. Lift your breast and place a pencil under it, and then release your breast. If the pencil falls down, you probably won’t need a lift. If the pencil is held in place by the weight of yours breast, you may want to include a lift in your surgical plan. But, that is still not a substitute for our having a real consultation about what we can and cannot accomplish with implants, and whether a lift is right for you.

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