As we grow older, skin loses its elasticity, wrinkles appear and body parts start to head south. Bodily changes are inevitable when it comes to ageing – with droopy breasts being a top concern among bustier women. However, many of us have the wrong idea about what causes breasts to sag and how to prevent it from happening. Here, we bust seven myths about saggy breasts and explain the right ways to make a difference.
Myth 1: Breast surgery – it’s all about implants isn’t it?
Many believe that breast surgery means making your cup size bigger – but it is so much more than implants. Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, improves the look of saggy, drooping or uneven breasts. The treatment raises the breast tissue, repositions the nipple and helps to boost the breast shape. And if the areolae are stretched with age, they can also be reduced in size to improve the appearance. Breast lift surgery can also complement breast augmentation or breast reduction.
Myth 2: Poor posture and lack of exercise causes droopy breasts
Age, weight and childbirth can all have an impact on the shape and tone of breasts. The tissues begin to sag and with it, the nipples start to point downwards. It is likely that they might even become uneven in appearance or shrink in size.
Myth 3. A breast lift doesn’t work with larger breasts
The treatment can be carried out on large breasts, but the results may not be as long-lasting as a breast lift performed on those that are smaller. The weight of larger breasts ultimately works against surgical changes.
Myth 4. I am thinking of having children – I can have a breast lift now
In short, postponement is probably wise. Pregnancy and breastfeeding usually stretch the breasts and reduce their volume. The true benefits of surgery will be properly enjoyed if you wait and avoid any risks associated with childbearing.
A positive attitude, good health and realistic expectations all help to make a good candidate for this treatment.
Myth 5. It’s OK to lose weight after a breast lift
You should always tell your surgeon if you are planning to weight. It may be that you will need to get to your chosen target and stabilise your weight before undergoing the procedure, rather than after.
Myth 6. I will walk away from surgery and be fine
Never underestimate the effects on your health of any comsetic surgery. It is key to plan ahead and make sure there is always somebody around to help you – particularly during the first seven days.
Ensure you stock the kitchen cupboards and fridge with recover-friendly and healthy food and drinks. high-protein and low-sodium foods are ideal. It’s also advisable to prepare some homemade dishes for the freezer.
Fresh fruits and vegetables and lots of water are, as always, important.
Remember, your arms will have a limited range of motion, so make sure everything is at counter level to avoid any reaching.
So what are you going to be doing? Now is the perfect time to catch up on that Netfix series you have been meaning to check out, or start on that to-be-read pile of books. You are going to have a lot of free time so make sure you have a variety of fun things to do at hand.
If you have small children to look after, find someone to help out. Lifting, driving and household tasks are off limits for the first two weeks.
Myth 7. I can sleep in any position after surgery
If you are not used to sleeping on your back, you are going to have to get used to it. You are advised to rest and sleep on your back continuously in an inclined for the first few days after surgery.
Myth 8. The benefits will be reaped immediately
Not exactly – inititally, you may lose sensation in the nipple and areola areas. This is usually temporary but can take weeks to return. For others, it can be more than a year.
It may also take some time for your breasts to adopt a more natural shape. Scarring from the incisions will initially be red or pink and will take months following surgery to reduce.
You may experience some mild discomfort during this time, but don’t worry, this is normal. If you have severe pain, report it to your doctor.