Summary: A breast lift in 2017 looks surprisingly similar to the procedure as it has looked for the last twenty years. But there have definitely been some developments, many of which are aimed at ensuring the surgery remains as minimally invasive as possible. That said, modern breast lift procedures do have a few other ways of ensuring you get results that are right for you!
Looking at the Breast Lift in 2017
As a procedure, the breast lift has been around long before 2017. But the breast lift in 2017 does not bear much resemblance to the procedure as it was performed thirty years ago. There are quite a few good reasons for that, not the least of which is the advancement of medical technology over the past few decades.
There have been aesthetic changes too, largely brought on by a changing population. People are different now than they were thirty years ago—they have different tastes and different desired outcomes. But even with all of that, the basic premise of the breast lift is still largely the same: the move the breasts into a more youthful orientation.
That core principle is what’s driving the popularity of the breast lift in 2017. For many women, it’s about comfort, confidence, and a youthful look. Let’s take a few minutes to talk about what you need to know about these breast lift procedures in 2017.
What Does a Breast Lift Do?
Essentially, a breast lift is designed to help the body appear more youthful. Over the years, you might notice that the breasts will start to sag and change orientation. This can happen for a number of reasons, including:
- Gravity—the heavier your breasts are, the more gravity will pull on them, and the more gravity pulls, the more your orientation changes
- Pregnancy—With the deluge of hormones and body changes you have to get through, it’s no wonder that pregnancy and nursing can really change the size and orientation of your breasts
- Elasticity—Everyone’s skin has a certain amount of elasticity to it, a certain ability to bounce back when stretched. The more elasticity your skin has (and this is mostly genetics, mind you), the longer your breasts will stay in a more youthful position.
Whatever the reason for the change in orientation of your breasts, a breast lift provides an effective solution. Much as the name implies, the procedure can take the breasts and re-orient them, “lift” them, into a more useful position. How it does that is a little more complicated.
Several Approaches to a Breast Lift
There have been some emerging technologies that create a kind of “internal bra” for the breast using different types of high-tech mesh. That might work for some people, but for most, a breast lift often revolves around creating a so-called “skin brassiere.” In other words, the skin of your breast is used to create the support mechanism you need.
At the same time, excess tissue is removed and the nipple is repositioned higher on the chest. This is usually done with one long incision (sometimes called an anchor incision)—but the truth is that there are a variety of incision techniques available that you and your surgeon can discuss.
Since its inception, surgeons have worked to make the breast lift less invasive. The reason is pretty simple: the less invasive a procedure is, the faster healing happens. However, the basic rule of thumb with a breast lift is that the less invasive the incision, the less work the surgeon will be able to do. That might be ideal for some patients, but others will definitely want to talk to their surgeons about options.
You Might Heal More Quickly
There’s little doubt that, thanks to a variety of technique and technology improvements, people tend to recover more quickly from surgery today than they did thirty years ago. Breast lift in 2017 is no exception. Indeed, most breast lift procedures are, today, performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you’re usually free to return home the same day as the surgery.
Now, this doesn’t mean you should be back to work and daily exercise immediately. It simply means that the bulk of your recovery happens at home. Surgeons have also gotten quite good at hiding their work, as scarring from a breast lift surgery avoids “railroad tracks” and, instead, tends to start fading a few months after your procedure.
It’s About You
Of course, everyone’s breast lift is going to be different. As with many modern plastic surgery procedures, a breast lift in 2017 is pretty individualized! This means you’ve got plenty of options—and plenty to discuss with your surgeon. You might even want to help fill the volume in your breasts by adding a implants to your breast lift.
In many ways, this means, no matter what other factors, that a breast lift in 2017 is mainly about one thing: you.