Breast augmentation reigns supreme among cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S. However, breast lift surgery has done a lot better in terms of the growth rate. Plastic surgery statistics recently released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that the demand for breast lift or mastopexy has increased by 70 percent since 2000.
According to ASPS, more than 90,000 breast lift procedures were performed in the country last year by ASPS member surgeons. In 2000, the number of lifts performed was less than 53,000. While the number of breast augmentation performed in 2013 was 290,224 procedures, its growth rate since 2000 was just 37%. So lifts grew at twice the rate of breast implant surgery.
Childbirth, breastfeeding and aging diminish breast volume and cause sagging. Breast lift surgery helps resolve saggy breasts, reduces excess skin, repositions the nipples and resolves enlarged areolas, and results in a firmer, more youthful bust line. The steady growth in the demand for breast lifts is an indication that plastic surgeons are successful in providing the desired results.
Recent trends indicate that many women are opting for cosmetic breast enhancement using their own tissues. Another interesting fact is that 70% of the total breast lift procedures performed last year were on women age 30-54.
Breast lift surgery cannot change the size of breasts or make the upper part of the breast look fuller. Plastic surgeons often recommend breast lift in conjunction with breast augmentation surgery to enhance the results. Regardless of the procedure you are considering, it’s important to choose a well-qualified, experienced and skilled plastic surgeon to ensure optimal results.