Need a Breast Lift? Here are the Options
Did you know that at times, breasts grow in menopause? Sounds great, with just one small problem. All things considered, I will bet my earring collection that when you reach menopause, your girls will flatly refuse to salute the sun. In fact, the little darlings may be staring down at your shoes.
Perusing some material about breast implants from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, I learned that getting two somewhat mushy objects to stand on their own require a breast lift. So far, I have not seen a diagram of a lift that does not require incisions on the breast. Why have a perfect breast if the scars prevent you from going topless in the Caribbean?? (I have always wanted to do that!)
There are a couple of ways to make an incision on the breast for a lift. The first is to make a small crescent shape one on top of the aerola , the darker tissue that surrounds the nipple. This looks fantastic, until I peruse the fine print. It just won’t do for my rack, which has grown to a 36 DD Check with your friends—-this is not unusual for we ladies of ” a certain age,” as the French put it.
Even with the next incision type, which etches a complete circle around the aereola I may have too much soggy breast tissue. No, I would have to have the second nastiest- looking incision out there: The lollipop incision. This goes around the nipple area, then leaves a vertical scar leading to the mid-breast. The surgeon folds the skin in and consolidates the underlying tissue.
The most extensive scar with a breast lift is the anchor incision. A line runs from the bottom of the areola to the base of the breast, and then incisions are made under the breast fold. This particular incision was popular in bygone years for those who had implants, and scar faded but never completely. Wiser women chose to get the implant inserted with a tiny incision under the arms. Once, long ago I had the opportunity to see that type of breast surgery up close and I was impressed.
No Need for Splicing and Dicing–Ask For Mesh. It is inserted into the Nipple, and Lifts-Then Disappears!!
If implants were added to my already considerable assets, I would have some difficulty finding clothes to fit. While I would love to get all of my tops and dresses made to order, this would result in destruction of our joint bank accounts. That takes the adage, “happy wife happy life,” to an unhappy ending.
However, there is a relatively new procedure in lifts: An internal bra. I just love the ring of that one. It is accomplished by using a mesh that dissolves with time. Long before the mesh reabsorbs, the body produces scar tissue, which emulates the mesh.
After the breast tissue is consolidated, and the mesh is in place you can always add to the result with a breast implant.
Surgeons I interviewed do not want to augment the breasts until the dust settles from the breast lift. This is a reasonable and cautious approach. The lift, like almost all surgeries, will cause some swelling, so one has to know the outcome of the lift before adding anything to it.
Also, if you are thinking of just getting an implant without a lift, think again. That will result in a huge breast that salutes the navel, not the sun.