Breast implant surgery is one of the most frequently requested and performed procedures in the United States and worldwide, and there are obvious reasons for this fact. The procedure allows women who had naturally small breasts to enlarge their size to be more proportionate to the rest of their bodies. Moreover, breast implants can also be used to correct different types of asymmetries and other breast imperfections that are congenital or have occurred over the years due to improper breastfeeding or the natural aging process.
Breast augmentation can be done either by using implants or fat transfer, and the two procedures can also be combined in one sitting for a superior aesthetic result. However, when thinking about breast augmentation or breast enhancement procedures, most people associate this with breast implant surgery. But breast lift surgery, performed with or without implants, is also commonly requested and performed nowadays.
It is common for patients over 40 years old to get a breast lift, but other patients who are much younger are wondering if they could get a breast lift while in their 20s. In this article, we will discuss if the 20s is an appropriate age to get a breast lift and what you should be aware of before scheduling your intervention.
During the first pre-operative consultation with the plastic surgeon, he will evaluate the condition of your breast tissue and also ask questions about your medical history, other surgeries, current medication, and allergies. Before making the recommendation for the breast lift, the plastic surgeon needs to perform specific measurements on the breasts to diagnose breast ptosis.
You have breast ptosis or saggy breasts if a significant part of your mammary gland is under the level of the inframammary fold. To self-diagnose at home, you can try a simple test that has been used for many years. You can take a pencil and go in front of the mirror with your bra off. Now position the pencil under the breast in the inframammary fold. Is the pencil staying in that position supported by the mammary gland or has it fallen to the ground? If the pencil is held in this position by the weight of your mammary gland tissues that are sagging over the level of the inframammary fold, the chances are you have breast ptosis, and the breast lift procedure would be required to correct this condition.
This home test is very different from the measurements performed at the plastic surgeon’s office; however, it will give you an indication of what procedure would be suitable for you. Once the indication for breast lift has been checked, the plastic surgeon will walk you through the details of your intervention.
The breast lift is often performed with the patient under general anesthesia for the comfort of the patient. The procedure shouldn’t last more than two hours, but the length of the intervention is dependent on the complexity of each case and whether the procedure is performed in association with other procedures such as breast implants or not.
The surgical methods used for breast lift can be different from plastic surgeon to plastic surgeon and also chosen according to the level of breast ptosis. This means that if the sagginess of the breasts is minor or moderate, an incision around the edge of the areola might be enough to correct the condition. If the ptosis is more severe, up to three incisions might be required. The incisions are often placed around the areola, vertically from the areola to the inframammary fold and in the inframammary fold, on a horizontal line.
The intervention can be associated with a certain level of post-operative pain and discomfort and the patient might also be confronted with swelling and bruising on the breasts after the intervention. These side effects will subside within a few days or weeks after the procedure. The patient will be prescribed pain medication and antibiotics to relive post-operative pain and avoid infections.
When is the best time for a breast lift?
The intervention can be performed on patients of any age, but most of the patients are over 40 years old. There are special conditions that can make the breast lift surgery necessary for younger patients, even as young as in their 20s. Among them, we can mention:
– The patient has undergone considerable weight fluctuations that caused the breast tissues to start sagging sooner than normal.
– The patient had one or multiple pregnancies that caused the breast tissue to lose elasticity and start sagging.
– The patient has overly large breasts even from her teen years, and by the time she hits 20, she could benefit from a breast lift intervention.
There are plenty of patients that could find the breast lift surgery necessary, even if they are very young. But is it a good idea to have a breast lift so soon in your life?
Before making the decision to undergo a breast lift with or without implants, it is important to know what long-term consequences are related to this procedure.
What to expect after a breast lift surgery in your 20s
There are certain risks and potential complications that can occur after a breast lift procedure. As you have seen from the description of the surgical act, there will be scarring after the intervention. The scars left after the breast lift procedure won’t disappear with time, but after a year from the intervention, the scars should look like fine lines close in color to the tissues surrounding it. But for a patient sensitive to scarring in general, this can be a turn off to have the intervention so early in life.
Other considerations should be related to breastfeeding after a breast lift. If a new pregnancy occurs within the next two years following the breast lift intervention, chances are that breastfeeding can be more difficult and even impossible in some rare cases. When planning a breast lift in your 20s, you should come to terms with a potential inability to breastfeed if additional pregnancies occur.
If the breast lift has been deemed as necessary for a patient who underwent a massive weight loss or weight fluctuations, it is important to wait at least six months to a year after the weight is close to normal and stabilized. This will ensure you get satisfactory results after the procedure that will last in time. Also, the patient should understand that ulterior weight fluctuations or pregnancies can alter or change the results achieved with the breast lift surgery, making necessary additional interventions later on in life.
Moreover, when getting a breast lift in your 20s you should also know that the aesthetic results of your intervention will be impacted by the natural passing of time. Correcting saggy breasts early on in life is not a guarantee that your breasts won’t get saggy again in ten, twenty, or thirty years. However, you should know that the more severe the breast ptosis, the more complex the breast lift will be and more significant the scarring. So if you are having a breast lift in your 20s with only a periareolar scar, it will benefit you more than having a more extensive breast lift in your 30s or 40s.
The breast lift procedure aims to correct saggy breasts in patients of different ages. While most patients scheduling their breast lift are in or over their 40s, there are plenty of patients in their 20s looking to undergo this intervention. The breast lift could be necessary for younger patients especially if they had multiple pregnancies, considerable weight fluctuations, or overly large breasts even from teenage years.
The breast lift procedure can be performed using different surgical methods, depending on the level of the ptosis and the desires of the patient. The procedure is meant to elevate the breasts that are low and droopy on the chest wall and also make them perkier and younger looking. However, just like other plastic surgery interventions, the breast lift intervention can come associated with certain risks and complications. Young patients undergoing the breast lift intervention should be aware of the fact that breastfeeding can be problematic when it occurs after a breast lift. Moreover, ulterior pregnancies and weight fluctuations can alter the aesthetic results of the breast lift and make other breast procedures necessary later on in life.