The aim of cosmetic procedures is to enhance your appearance and by extension to give you a better life. Once you are happy with your appearance, your attitude is likely to change for the better and you can enjoy life more. As long as you have realistic expectations and your reasons for going through the procedure are right, you can benefit both physically and psychologically.
Dr. Briggs places a lot of importance on guiding the expectations of patients so that they can benefit maximum from the procedures. There are various procedures that are performed on the face and the body to give you a great appearance. Breast procedures are very popular among women and they include the breast lift and the breast enlargement. The tummy tuck is also quite popular and is used to tighten the abdominal muscles to give you a firm, smooth tummy.
If you’ve always thought cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery were one in the same, you’re not alone. A significant number of plastic surgeons choose to focus their practice on cosmetic surgery. Dr. Patrick Briggs, cosmetic surgeon is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body and is reconstructive in nature and as such, the terms are often used interchangeably.
The Purpose Of A Breast Lift
A breast lift which is also known as a mastopexy is a cosmetic procedure that is used to enhance the appearance of the breasts by raising them. The excess skin on the breast is removed and the tissues that support the breasts are tightened. As a result, the breasts are raised to a higher position and become firmer thereby giving them a more youthful appearance. The size of the areola can be reduced during a breast lift and the nipple can be placed in a higher position.
This procedure is only suitable if you are satisfied with the size of your breasts since it does not increase the size or volume of the breasts, Dr. Patrick Briggs can decide to combine a breast lift with a breast augmentation if you need to also increase the size of your breasts. A breast reduction can also be performed with a breast lift if the breasts are too large.
Dropping Of Breasts
The breasts do not have muscles of their own and are supported by connective tissues which are sometimes referred to as “Cooper’s ligaments.” These tissues tend to lose their elasticity causing the breasts to droop. The breasts droop after pregnancy, due to aging and due to hereditary causes. A significant loss of weight can also cause the breasts to sag.
There are mainly three degrees of breast sagging or ptosis. The first-degree ptosis refers to breasts whose nipples and areolas are above the crease of the breast. Second-degree ptosis refers to breasts whose nipples and areolas are at the level of the breast crease. Third-degree ptosis refers to breasts whose areolas and nipples fall below the crease of the breast. Pseudoptosis is another type of sagging where the nipple and areola may be above the breast crease but the bottom of the breast lies below the crease of the breast.
Suitability Of A Breast Lift
Dr. Briggs performs breast lifts on women whose nipples or areolas are facing downwards and whose breasts have a flat stretched out the shape. The breast lift is also suitable if the areolas are enlarged and if the skin on the breasts is stretched. When the nipples are below the crease of the breast or if one breast is higher than the other one, then a breast lift will be required.
It is best to go through a breast lift when you are no longer planning to have children in the future. This will help you enjoy the results of the procedure since pregnancy can end up causing the breasts to droop again. You can go through a breast lift if you are in good health and if you do not smoke. You should also be at your ideal weight since a weight loss can cause the breasts to droop.