Can a Breast Lift Remove Stretch Marks?
Can a breast lift help with stretch marks? There are several reasons why women consider this cosmetic procedure. In most cases, a breast lift for sagging breasts is standard, as a woman's natural breasts will change due to pregnancy, age, or fluctuations in weight. It can even be simultaneously performed to enhance breast reduction or breast augmentation results. While a breast lift, or mastopexy, can lift and tighten a woman's natural breasts, making them look perky again, it may also help minimize the appearance of stretch marks at the same time.
Award-winning plastic surgeon Dr. Saba Motakef, is one of the leading experts in the Orange County, CA area. Dr. Motakef specializes in breast revisions, breast reductions, breast augmentations, and breast lift procedures, helping countless women get exceptional care and beautiful results. Read on to learn more from Motakef Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Anaheim Hills, CA, including how the procedure works and if skin blemishes, such as stretch marks, can be helped.
What is a breast lift procedure?
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a cosmetic procedure that lifts and tightens breasts to rejuvenate their appearance. A woman's natural breasts contain no muscle tissue, only ligaments and fatty tissue. Over time, due to age or fluctuating weight, breasts can begin to lose shape and elasticity. Drooping breasts is a common reason why women choose this popular cosmetic surgery. While it won't change the size of the breasts like implants, it will restore and lift the breasts to a more perky, youthful-looking position on the chest wall. At Motakef Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we find that the most common reasons why a woman's natural breasts change are:
- Weight fluctuations
- Larger breasts (denser and heavier, leading to breast sag or ptosis)
What causes stretch marks on breast skin?
Stretch marks can occur anywhere on the body due to the rapid expansion of the skin when the rate outpaces collagen formation. These skin blemishes can appear at any age; even teenagers are not excluded during puberty, and, unfortunately, there is no cure for them. Common reasons why women struggle with stretch marks on their breasts include:
- Drastic changes in weight and breast size
- Genetics with female family members having the same issue
Even though they are harmless, they can be unsightly, making women feel self-conscious about how their breasts look. Women concerned about the appearance of stretch marks may look to topical remedies, laser resurfacing treatments, or even a breast lift to help.
Will mastopexy remove stretch marks?
Whether or not a breast lift can remove stretch marks depends on their location. In some cases, it can lessen their impact on the underside portion of the breast during this cosmetic procedure. However, it is less likely to change the appearance of any stretch marks on the sides or top part of the breasts. Women considering breast augmentation with a breast lift have a better chance of addressing any lateral or top skin blemishes on the breast area. As the breast skin stretches to accommodate a breast implant, it can simultaneously make stretch marks on the top and sides less visible, where a breast lift alone may be ineffective.
While a breast lift can help with drooping breasts, it may also help minimize or eliminate the appearance of stretch marks, depending on the location. Patients who carefully choose cosmetic procedures and work closely with a qualified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Motakef, can combat unsightly stretch marks and feel more confident about how they look. Dr. Motakef will customize and determine the right surgical protocol needed to achieve each patient's aesthetic goals.
To learn more about a breast lift or mastopexy, or if you have additional questions about other cosmetic procedures, contact Motakef Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Anaheim, CA and schedule your one-on-one consultation with award-winning plastic surgeon Dr. Saba Motakef today.