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Candidacy for Breast Lift Surgery
Whether it’s a lift with an enlargement, a lift with a slight reduction, or simply a lift by itself, breast lift surgery (mastopexy) is the procedure of choice for women who have droopy breasts and are seeking to rejuvenate their appearance. Before they proceed with this surgery, I do recommend to patients that they are at or within a few pounds of their realistic goal weight because this will allow them to have longer lasting and more precise results. If breast lift surgery is performed before a significant amount of weight is lost, the same amount of skin will be present overlying smaller breast volumes which can result in more rapid drooping, a less shapely appearance and a smaller result than had been desired.
When is a good time to proceed with a breast lift?
Aside from a few caveats, the general answer is whenever a woman is unhappy with her breasts and is ready to improve and rejuvenate their appearance.
In terms of how long one should wait after having kids to be considered a good candidate, there really isn’t a specific timeframe. Generally, a woman should wait at least three to six months after pregnancy and stopping breast feeding (when relevant) before proceeding with a mastopexy.
Candidates for mastopexy range from those who haven’t had children but have drooping breasts due to weight loss, significant weight fluctuations or genetic issues, to those who have already had children and choose to wait several years until their kids are older before undergoing surgery. I find that it is very common for women with relatively young children to decide that they are quite ready at that point to undergo their breast rejuvenation surgery rather than waiting several years.
Like countless things in life, this is a personal decision without necessarily a right or wrong answer.
Ultimately, it will be determined during your consultation whether or not you are a good candidate for breast lift surgery. Many factors will be considered including your specific concerns and cosmetic goals (i.e. do you want your breasts to be bigger, smaller, or a similar size?).
– Dr. Steven H. Turkeltaub, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
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