My breasts are a little droopy after having my kids, do I need a lift or breast implants?
This is a really common question, and one that Plastic Surgeons consider themselves when evaluating new patients. Essentially a droopy breast can be thought of as a bag that’s not filled to its capacity. Whether the patient does, or doesn’t, want breast implants will be the starting point for the surgeon to figure out what is the best surgical option for the patient.
If no implants are desired then a lift is offered, however if the patient is an A cup a small implant is still discussed to give some fullness to the upper part of the breast that isn’t really possible with A cup sized breast tissue.
If an implant is desired then its proposed size needs to be assessed. If the implant size the patient wants is too small to take up all of the excess breast skin (aka empty bag) then some type of lifting procedure needs to be done at the same time to give the new breast a full, anatomically correct look. Breast lifting techniques range from resulting scars being located just around the nipple areola complex (NAC) when a small amount of skin is in excess, to “lollipop” scars which extend down the middle of the breast from the bottom of the NAC.
Occasionally the amount of excess skin present is taken up by the size implant the patient desires and no additional lifting scars are necessary.
As with all Plastic Surgery the surgery needs to be customized to the patient’s anatomy and desired results.