Formally known as mastopexy, breast lift surgery is a commonly performed procedure that addresses sagging breasts, restoring them to a perkier, youthful position. During the rejuvenating procedure, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Franklyn Elliott removes excess skin and, rather than changing the size like in breast augmentation, tightens and reshapes the remaining breast tissue.
Recent plastic surgery statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reveal that breast lift surgeries are increasing at twice the rate of breast augmentation. In fact, breast lifts have grown 70% since 2000, beating out implant-based procedures two-to-one. With over 290,000 surgeries performed in 2013, breast augmentation is still more commonly performed among women, but growth is significant with breast lifts. According to the latest statistics from ASPS, fewer than 53,000 breast lifts were performed in 2000. Last year, over 90,000 breast lift procedures were performed by ASPS member surgeons, the highest number in history.
Breast lifts become desirable for a variety of reasons, including childbirth, breastfeeding, weight gain/loss, and aging. Often, even after women lose a significant amount of weight, they are left with excess skin and sagging breasts. Women who have a substantial amount of breast tissue but may not desire implants are usually ideal candidates for breast lifts. It is also essential that candidates have realistic expectations for the surgery: breasts will look more proportionate, shaped, and lifted, but will not increase in size unless the procedure is combined with a breast augmentation.
To lift and enlarge breast volume simultaneously, Dr. Elliott offers breast augmentation combined with a breast lift procedure, which can be performed on its own or as a component in mommy makeover surgery. With Dr. Elliott’s practice of progressive techniques and advanced suturing methods, breast surgery scarring is kept to a minimum and recovery can be swift.
View Dr. Elliott’s before and after gallery to see what breast lift surgery can accomplish. If you are interested in breast lift surgery or another cosmetic procedure, please schedule a consultation. Be sure to connect with Dr. Elliott on Facebook, Twitter, and Google + for the latest cosmetic and reconstructive news and information.