What Type Of Breast Lift Do I Need To Help My Sagging Breasts?

Q:    Dr. Eppley I’m a 30 year old single mother of two and I need a breast lift badly to improve my self-esteem.  I got pregnant with my first child at 19 and I gained over a hundred pounds.  I’m now back down to 150 and still need to lose more but I’ve lost 56 lbs.  My body just isn’t the same after two children and I just need some self esteem back. I already have a very nice size to my breast and am just looking to put them back where they belong.  Could you please give me information on what needs to be done to get my breasts back in shape and looking good again. Thank you for your help.

A: Between children and your significant weight loss, your breasts have undoubtably take a turn to the south. Breast sagging, known as ptosis, is defined by how low the nipples sit relative to the lower breast fold. When a large amount of weight has been lost (greater than 50 lbs), breast ptosis is usually severe and the amount of skin exceeds how much breast tissue exists to fill it. This usually requires a full breast lift which will result in the typical anchor scar pattern that is more commonly seen in a breast reduction procedure. This will move the nipple up to the center of the breast mound and will tighten the skin on the bottom side of the breast. While this lifts the breast, it will not usually result in permanent fullness of the upper pole of the breast. This is why a small implant may needed with the lift to get the fuller breast shape that many women desire from a breast reshaping operation.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana