The term “breast augmentation” encompasses a wide range of different procedures. You might immediately think “breast implants,” but there are many other options to give your breast the size and shape you want. Today we will discuss one such option, the auto-augmentation breast lift. It is ideal for women with plenty of breast tissue who want to enhance the appearance of their sagging breasts without giving up size.
Restore Shape With a Breast Lift
Sagging breasts are often a consequence of having children, of breastfeeding, or of having lost a substantial amount of weight. This condition is also known as ptosis. It is very common, but nevertheless most women would rather have their youthful breast shape back.
The most popular cosmetic procedure to improve ptosis is a beast lift, or mastopexy. A breast lift shifts tissue upwards and reshapes the breast to a more rounded, tighter shape. You don’t need implants for a breast lift – simply removing the excess tissue and tightening up the skin does the trick.
Breast Lifts and Cup Size
But here’s the thing: A breast lift alone will almost always reduce your breast size. According to a study in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, most patients go down one bra cup size after a breast lift. For this study, 20 women underwent a breast lift at an average age of 47. They all had a standard lift, meaning they had no significant breast reduction or augmentation as part of their surgery. Five years later, they were asked about their bra size, adjusting for weight change, brand, and other factors that might affect bra size. On average, they reported a decrease of one size.
When you have a consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss breast surgery option, he or she will tell you the same thing: Expect a reduction in volume with a simple breast lift.
This is not necessarily a bad thing. Most women are happy with their breast lift results. The change in bra size has less to do with a loss of volume than a different fit based on the new shape. But it is important to be aware of the fact that a breast lift will have that effect.
A Breast Lift Without Losing Volume
What if you don’t want to go down in bra size when you have your breasts lifted?
One answer is to combine your breast lift with implants. If you have ptosis, implants alone will not give your breasts that perkier appearance most of us find attractive. They are a great option for younger women who simply want larger breasts. But older women, or women who have gone through pregnancy and childbirth, won’t get around having a breast lift in addition to whatever else they do to boost volume.
So let’s say you are in your mid-40s, your breasts are sagging, and you have decided on a breast lift to restore your youthful appearance. But you don’t have large breasts to begin with and do not want to go down another cup size. And you are reluctant to consider breast implants for personal reasons. What can you do?
An auto-augmentation breast lift is your answer. In an auto-augmentation breast lift, your plastic surgeon uses the excess tissue to reshape the breast and retain the volume. In all other ways, the procedure is very similar to a standard breast lift. The surgeon makes a T-shaped incision on the lower part of the breast, then removes the outer layer of the excess skin and underlying tissue. Normally, this extra tissue would be discarded, but for an auto-augmentation breast lift it is carefully tucked back into the breast and rearranged to give the breast a more youthful appearance.
Other Options to Increase Breast Volume
There are other options to increase breast volume without implants. For instance, you could have a fat transfer to breast procedure. It uses fat harvested from another area of your body (such as your abdomen) as a natural filler for your breasts. This is a great option for women who want a mommy makeover – a slimmer tummy in addition to rejuvenated breasts. If you don’t need a breast lift and simply want to boost volume, fat transfer is a good minimally-invasive option that avoids surgical incisions.
But if you want your breasts lifted without giving up volume while avoiding implants, an auto-augmentation breast lift is the ideal solution.
Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
Auto-augmentation mastopexy requires an experienced plastic surgeon who will be able to assess your skin elasticity to customize a treatment plan best suited to your needs. It takes skill and experience to shape the breast aesthetically without the use of implants. Needless to say, you want pleasing results that last for years to come, without needing revision surgery at a later time.
American Society of Plastic Surgeons: Breast Lifting May Decrease Bra Size, Says Study in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery