I’m considering a boob lift. Would I lose volume (cup size).
The standard breast lift, called mastopexy, removes only skin and does not remove breast tissue. The volume of your breast should be nearly the same after breast lift, and the shape and position of your breasts should be improved.
However most patients who have a breast lift also have a small implant placed to provide fullness of the upper pole, the portion of your breast above your nipple areola. This is because even after the lift the breast tissue itself can be soft and jiggly and most patients want a firmer breast look.
With a breast lift, no volume is lost, but think of it as redesigning your breasts to lift and give you back the youthful appearance you desire. In a majority of my patients who want to go up in cup size, we can use a modest implant with minimal scarring on the breast. Also, in the majority of my patients, I do not use the, “anchor” or “keyhole” incision by eliminating the vertical scar.
I agree, with a breast lift there is no removal of breast tissue, therefore the volume of the breast is the same. For some women, a lift alone my not reach their goal of the fuller and lift breast. In that case, volume is generally added in the form of a breast implant. Fat grafting where fat is suctioned from another area, primarily the abdomen, and transferrd to the breast to enhance the size and shape.
Question: I am considering a BREAST LIFT, will I lose volume?
The answer is NO. But this is probably why you are asking: When the breasts are lifted, think “tailoring”, the breast volume and covering skin are more in balance, giving a better shape. But if you started with a “C cup” volume, but were wearing a D bra, it is possible that after the breast lift you will wear a C cup, but it will fit better and you will look perkier. So no breast volume is lost, but your cup size may change.
Now, here is something else to consider: You can have a lift in many different ways. Having an implant ( breast augmentation) can “lift” the breast. An exciting new technique to “lift” the breast is to use your own tissue ( we don’t like to use the word “fat”; I think because it is a three-letter word!). Anyway, I can remove extra fatty tissue from one area ( like the tummy roll, muffin top or thighs) and then with a new technique called AQUASHAPE ( a water-lipo technique), the fat can be reinjected to restore lost breast volume. That is what we call the “natural lift”. The last option is to “tailor the breast skin”. Think: seamstress! The secret is that each option can produce great results; knowing what’s the best for you is what going to see the plastic surgeon should be about.
That’s a lot, so if this helps great! If you have more questions, write back. Dr. Ditesheim
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