Will a breast lift make you look younger? Well, you probably already know that a breast lift will change the orientation of your breasts. But what does that have to do with how old (or young) you may look. The answer lies mostly in how certain aspects of our anatomy are culturally and socially coded.
Will a Breast Lift Make You Look Younger?
Breast lift is usually described as a breast enhancement procedure–because that’s exactly what it is. But we often place “breast enhancement” into an entirely different category than rejuvenating procedures such as facelift. A facelift, after all, is designed to eliminate lines and wrinkles, thereby making you appear more youthful.
But what about breast lift? Will breast lift make you look younger? Well, we often don’t think about it quite like that, but when you start drilling down into what, exactly, breast lift actually does, youth seems to be at the heart of it.
Breasts change dramatically as they age, after all. And they change in a way that is often associated with aging–even if age might not necessarily have much to do with the equation at first. That’s why, today, we’re talking about breast lift as something that, ultimately, can make you look more youthful–assuming that’s what you’re after. Will a breast lift make you look younger automatically? Maybe! Let’s take a look.
How Does Age Affect Breast Tissue?
Gravity is always going to exert a downward force on your breast tissue. As you age, your body slowly succumbs to this downward force and your breasts are no exception. (There are other things happening with the breasts as well–the connective tissue that provides their “perkiness” tends to become more lax as time goes on.)
And there are life events that can compromise the buoyancy of the breasts as well. Pregnancy and nursing, for example, can profoundly alter the breasts–both in the way they look and in their size and orientation.
The end result is that the breast tissue tends to sag, orienting downard more than out. And this can make an individual appear (or feel) older than they actually are. This can sometimes cause confidence or self-esteem issues; in other cases, it may just be something of an annoyance. Once the “drooping” begins, the process usually accelerates over the course of one’s life, as gravity has more and more of an effect of the breast tissue.
How Does Breast Lift Help?
There’s no natural way to change the orientation of the breasts. There are no diet and exercise regimens that can help lift your breasts the way surgery does (that said, a healthy lifestyle does go a long way in, well, keeping you healthy–and the more healthy you are, the more options you’ll have).
During a breast lift procedure, surgeons will go in and move the breast itself, in some cases also repositioning the nipple and areola. Surgeons may also add strength and support to the tissue inside the breast, creating a kind of “permanent bra.”
Breast lift is often combined with a breast reduction (which will reduce unwanted excess skin) or a breast augmentation (which will increase the overall size of the breasts), but this is not always the case. In fact, breast lift is commonly performed on its own. The end result of the procedure is usually breasts that appear significantly more buoyant and perky–with a much more youthful orientation.
How Does This Make You Look Younger?
And that brings us to the crux of your question: how does a change in breast orientation make the patient appear more youthful? A large part of that has to do with how we perceive breasts–they’re culturally and socially coded in a very specific way (often having to do with femininity).
And because of all that “coding,” breasts that look a certain way are generally regarded as appearing more youthful. Once breasts no longer fit that mold, they’re tagged as “aging.” And so breasts that begin to sag–no matter what the cause might be–are often seen as a sign of aging, both by patients themselves and by others.
So patients who undergo a breast lift procedure for rejuvenational purposes are seeking to make themselves appear more youthful. They want perkier breasts because they want to feel younger–they want something back that they had in their youth. And that’s a natural feeling. Whether breast lift can accomplish that for you depends most significantly on your desired results–and on your physiology.
A Procedure To Help You Feel Great
A breast lift procedure, whatever the reason it’s performed, is a procedure that’s designed to help you feel great about the way you look. That’s why it’s important to talk about your desired results with your surgeon–that way, together, you can decide on the best approach.
About the author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for over four years. He’s in constant communication with surgeons to ensure that he’s writing with the most accurate and up to date information possible.