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How to Decide if You Should Get a Breast Lift

The march of time, breast-feeding, and weight fluctuations can have a dramatic impact on breasts. If your breasts have lost their firmness, a breast lift may help to raise and firm up your chest.


  • Step 1: Consider your health. Do you have any medical conditions that could lead to complications? Do you smoke? Do you exercise? Normal activity can generally resume a week after surgery, but be sure to consider possible complications.
  • Step 2: Analyze your motivation for undergoing the surgery. Do you want to regain your youthful shape, or are you trying to fulfill your partner's needs? Consider your expectations and what you hope to accomplish with the surgery.
  • FACT: Women gain 2 to 3 pounds in their breasts during pregnancy.
  • Step 3: Consider the costs of a breast lift. Most health insurance plans will not cover elective cosmetic surgery. As a result, the entire procedure is an out-of-pocket expense which can cost several thousands of dollars.
  • TIP: Breast-lift surgery is called a mastopexy. It is usually an outpatient procedure during which the surgeon will remove excess skin and tighten the surrounding tissue through an incision around your areolae.
  • TIP: Breast-lift surgery does not change the size of your breasts. Only breast augmentation with silicone or saline implants can make breasts larger.
  • Step 4: Consult with a plastic surgeon accredited by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. During the consultation, the surgeon will discuss your health and your surgery options. They will determine if you're a viable candidate for a breast lift.
  • Step 5: Take a good look at your breasts in the mirror. Do your nipples point downward? Are your breasts droopy and saggy because of pregnancy and breast-feeding? All breasts lose firmness over time, but only you can decide whether it impacts your life enough to warrant surgery.

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