It’s normal and natural for women to experience some breast sagging and there’s no definite age when this may occur; some begin to notice it in their teen years while for others, sagging may occur anywhere from their 20s to 40s or later in life. There are several possible causes for this such as genetic factors, the effects of aging, gravity, hormonal changes, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, smoking, and having larger breasts. As time goes on, the skin produces less collagen to keep it strong and may become permanently stretched. The tissues and ligaments may also be strained by pregnancy or weight gain. A breast lift from our Vancouver area practice is a procedure used to elevate the breasts and give them a perkier, rounder, more visually pleasing shape. Patients are often curious about the longevity of this treatment.
During a breast lift, which is also referred to as a mastopexy, the surgeon takes off excess skin and reshapes the breast contours without changing their size in a significant way. This can make patients feel less self-conscious, more confident about their appearance and the way they look in clothes, and can even decrease back and neck pain.
However, there’s no guarantee that the results of a breast lift will be permanent and your breasts won’t change in the future years. While the results can generally last for a decade or more, the lifespan of a breast lift depends on several factors including age, genetics, physical health, skin condition, lifestyle, dietary habits, pregnancy, and body weight.
Your skin naturally loses elasticity and becomes thinner with age. Smoking is said to be one of the leading causes of breast sagging and accelerated aging. Sun damage can also cause wrinkles and skin laxity on the chest area, and pregnancy or significant weight gain could also change your breasts in unwanted ways.
To maintain firm breasts, you can incorporate exercises to strengthen your back and chest, wear a bra that fits properly, be sure to take good care of your skin, and maintain a stable weight.
Interested in learning more about what’s involved in a breast lift in the Vancouver area? Get in touch with our team at the office of Dr. Owen Reid by calling 604-343-9309 to request a consultation or fill out a contact form to start planning your procedure.