October 5, 2007, Newsletter Issue #38: When a Breast Lift is Warranted

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A breast lift procedure, or mastopexy, is particularly popular with patients between the ages of 35 and 50. This is according to the statistical data for 2005 compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons which indicates 50 percent of all breast lift patients fell into this age group. Patients in this age bracket may suffer from a loss of elasticity in the skin, which makes the breasts begin to sag. When this happens, the patient may opt for a breast lift procedure to create a more youthful appearance.

A breast lift is a surgical procedure which involves relocating the nipples and areolas to a higher location, removing excess skin beneath the breasts and pulling the remaining skin tautly to create a more lively appearance. Most patients who opt for this procedure feel as though the sagging in their breasts is unattractive and makes them appear older. As a result they opt for a breast lift to boost their self esteem.

As we age, our skin loses its elasticity creating sagging skin and this is one reason women get breast lifts. There are other factors, too. Patients who lose a great deal of weight within a short period of time may find their skin does not bounce back quickly and may require a breast lift to create a desired appearance. Additionally, patients who have a breast reduction or who have implants removed may also wish to undergo a breast lift procedure to reduce sagging and excess skin.

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