The ideal candidate for a breast lift procedure are women who experience sagging breasts and are looking to restore their youthful, perky state. This drooping of the breasts may be due to a pregnancy, weight loss, genetics, or simply due to the natural course of aging. Sagging of any sort will occur over time as the skin and muscles that hold the breasts in place lose their elasticity.
THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD CANDIDATE
Good candidates will also have certain characteristics that make them even more ideal, but it starts with a general dissatisfaction with the current, shape, size, or appearance of your breasts. This unhappiness can cause a loss of self-confidence, which is a key motive that leads a person to consider this breast enhancement procedure.
Patients should be in good physical health and not currently be pregnant or nursing.
It’s also important for the patient to have realistic goals and expectations for the surgery. Patients who smoke will be asked to quit at least two weeks before their procedure to ensure patient safety and the best results.
DEGREES OF PTOSIS
Ptosis is a medical term that refers to sagging breasts. The amount of sagging that one may experience can be broken down into three levels or stages of ptosis. Determining the level of ptosis for a given patient will help Dr. Murphy decide the proper breast lift technique to use to meet the patient’s aesthetic goals.
Level 1: Mild sagging – In level 1 ptosis, the patient’s areolas will be level with their breast crease, but you will still be able to see breast tissue below the areola.
Level 2: Moderate sagging – In level 2 ptosis, the areolas sit below the breast crease. However like in level 1, some tissue will still be visible below the areolas.
Level 3: Significant sagging – At level 3 ptosis, the areolas will have sagged below the breast crease, and you will no longer be able to see any tissue below the areolas.
Pseudoptosis – This is another, less common, form of ptosis, that classifies breasts with areolas that are above the breast crease, but with most of the breast tissue hanging below the breast crease.