When it comes to the most critical aesthetic areas of the female body, the breasts hold an extremely important place. The breasts stand for the femininity and fertility of women. If your breasts are firmer, fuller, and shapelier, you will appear sexy, more feminine, and physically attractive. Properly shaped breasts also enhance the overall body outline and definition of women. Unfortunately, the female breasts are subject to many changes. Over time, the breasts get exposed to undesirable effects. One of the common problems that women experience is the development of saggy breasts. Saggy and loose breasts look aesthetically unwelcoming and affect the self-esteem of women. Many women want to know what the best treatment for saggy breasts is. Breast lift surgery Breast lift surgery is the best treatment for saggy breasts. To know how it treats saggy breasts, you should first take into consideration the factors that cause the breasts to become saggy. The breasts become saggy for many results. The first factor that can cause the breasts to become saggy is pregnancy and breastfeeding. During pregnancy, your body experiences hormonal changes that ultimately introduce physical changes to your body. Your breasts will expand and become large, which means the skin will be stretched. There is a limit to how much the skin can extend. When that threshold is reached, the elastin in the skin gets damaged. Also, the breast muscles become loose. After childbirth, your body goes back to its original shape. However, certain physical changes introduced by pregnancy do not reverse. Since the elastin in your breast skin has been damaged and the breast muscles have become loose, the breasts become loose and saggy instead of retracting to its original position. Breastfeeding after childbirth makes the breasts additionally saggy. Breastfeeding is a major factor for nipples that point downwards. Considerable weight change is another common factor that makes the breasts saggy. When you gain weight, the breast expands as it expands when you are pregnant. If the weight gain is continuous and extreme, your breast skin’s elastin will be damaged. When you lose weight, the skin does not retract to its original position. Also, the breast muscles become loose. As a result, the breasts become saggy and loose. Other factors that are held responsible for saggy breasts is gravity, genetic factors, the use of certain medications, and certain illnesses. Fortunately, breast lift surgery is an effective procedure to restore firmer, youthful, and beautiful breasts. Breast lift surgery is a common procedure in the US. Every year, hundreds of thousands of patients undergo the intervention to treat saggy breasts. If your breasts are severely saggy, breast lift surgery can effectively treat the condition. The breast lift treats saggy breasts by removing the excess skin from the breasts, tightening the loose breast muscles, and lifting the nipples and areolas to an elevated, youthful position. While the results of breast lift are effective and sustainable, the surgery is highly invasive, risky, and traumatic. As such, patients must undergo breast lift surgery only when other non-invasive procedures fail to restore your firmer breasts. Candidacy for surgery Many patients consider undergoing the breast lift surgery for all the wrong reasons. It is important for you to know what problems the breast lift surgery can treat. As stated above, the breast lift surgery treats severely saggy breasts. You should consider a breast lift surgery only when your breasts have become severely saggy. If your breasts are mildly saggy, implants and fat transfer can treat the condition. During the pre-operative consultation, the plastic surgeon will examine your breasts and tell you whether your breasts can be treated via breast lift surgery. To be a good candidate for the breast lift surgery, you must be to the best of your physical and mental health. Be sure to share your complete health and medication history with the plastic surgeon during the pre-operative consultation. The doctor will assess your health and then tell you whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. Certain health problems can affect your candidacy for the breast lift. If you have diabetes, you will be exposed to more risks and complications during and after the surgery. Also, if you have a blood disorder, hypertension, cardiac and pulmonary problems and autoimmune diseases, you may not be a good candidate because the risks will be greater for you. You should undergo surgery only when the benefits are greater than the risks. Also, your goals should be realistic and reasonable. You should not expect the breast lift surgery to change you into another person or make you a celebrity. The intervention will only enhance your current breasts, making them firmer, youthful, and perky. How is the surgery performed? The breast lift is performed under general anesthesia and on an outpatient basis. The procedure starts with the making of incisions on the breasts. A board-certified anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia, after which you will go to sleep. You will not remember any proceedings of the surgery or feel any pain or discomfort during the operation. The plastic surgeon will make the incisions on your breasts and then access the breast muscles through the incisions. The doctor will tighten the loose and separated breast muscles. This step is crucial to making the breasts firmer. In the second step, the surgeon will change the position of the areolas and nipples. The nipples and areolas will be lifted to a higher position where they look youthful and point forward. If your areolas have expanded and become larger, the doctor will remove the excess areola skin from the edges and reduce its size. In the last step, the plastic surgeon will remove the excess skin from the breasts. The remaining skin will then be re-draped and the incisions will be sutured and closed. The patient will be shifted to a recovery area, where she will wake up from the effects of anesthesia. If the patient’s health remains stable, she will be allowed to go home a few hours after the procedure. Recovery The breast lift is a major operation. The patient must go through a full recovery process after the surgery. Your recovery will start immediately and continue for several weeks. The first two weeks following the surgery are critical regarding recovery. During the first 2-3 days following the procedure, the patient may experience pain and discomfort. Painkillers can help overcome the discomfort. The patient will be required to wear compression garments for several weeks. The garments are designed to reduce the post-operative swelling and speed up the recovery. You should avoid sleeping on your abdomen or front side for two weeks after the surgery because the pressure applied to your breasts can affect the final results and create complications. You may resume work two weeks after the operation; however, if your work involves strenuous activities, you should avoid work for more time. Complete recovery after the breast lift takes six weeks. During this time, you must avoid physically demanding activities like jumping, jogging, exercise, stretch, bending, etc. Results While some of the results will be visible right after the operation, complete results would slowly emerge over the next several weeks and months. After surgery, your breasts will be swollen and bruised. The final results will not show until the swelling and bruising have completely disappeared and the incisions have fully healed. The breasts will ultimately become firmer, youthful, perky, and sexy when the final results transpire. The patient will experience improvement in her self-esteem and quality of life as a result. The results are sustainable as long as the patient is careful and avoid pregnancy and weight changes after the intervention. Keep in mind that weight changes and pregnancy can make your breasts saggy again. Over time, gravity and aging may affect the perkiness and firmness of your breasts; however, your breasts will still make you appear young and attractive than your age fellows who didn’t undergo the breast lift surgery. Breast lift surgery is not free of risks and complications. Be sure to discuss the risks of the operation with the surgeon during the pre-operative consultation. Conclusion If your breasts are severely saggy and you are looking for the best treatment option, you may consider the breast lift surgery. The procedure involves surgical removal of the excess skin from your breasts, besides tightening the breast muscles and elevating the nipples to a higher position. The breast lift is a major and risky operation. You should consider it only as a last option, and only when the benefits are greater than the risks.