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Maintaining the Results of Your Breast Lift

Breast lift surgery achieves results that appear right away and that continue to improve over the course of a few months as tissue settles. What comes next?

Understandably, any person who undergoes plastic surgery to improve an aspect of their appearance is interested in knowing how long they can expect their results to last. Breast lift surgery is performed to correct the sagging that occurs after pregnancy, breastfeeding, and aging. Even if a woman does not plan to become pregnant in the future, there is a strong likelihood that her breasts will change as she ages. Here, we offer a few suggestions on maintaining perky breasts after breast lift surgery.

Protect Collagen

One of the primary reasons why tissue ages is because collagen breaks down over time. Furthermore, the body doesn’t continue making vast quantities of collagen during adulthood. Basically, we’re losing collagen faster than we can make it. That is unless we make some simple changes. To promote lasting results from breast lift surgery, it is helpful to protect collagen. This may look like wearing sunscreen anytime the chest skin is exposed to sunlight or UV rays. It may also look like taking a time-released vitamin C supplement every day. Studies suggest that UV light breaks down collagen. Research also suggests that vitamin C is a collagen stimulator when taken regularly.

Fight Gravity the Right Way

Gravity is not something we can avoid altogether; we need it to keep our feet firmly planted on the Earth. At the same time, gravity does put some pressure on our aging skin. Some women believe that wearing a good push-up bra is a great way to fight gravity but this could actually backfire. Perky breasts rely on muscle tone to some degree and a push-up bra puts the breasts in a position where the chest muscles don’t have to do any work at all. Muscles that don’t work atrophy, which can promote breast sag. Another factor that can exacerbate the effects of gravity is weight. The heavier the breasts are, the more gravitational pull they get. Women who undergo breast lift surgery are encouraged to maintain a relatively stable weight so the fat cells in breast tissue do not expand and become heavy.

Breast lift surgery has become increasingly popular in recent years. To learn more about this procedure, schedule a consultation in our Cincinnati office.

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