Breast lifts have become much more popular in the United States since the year 2000, statistics show.

According to numbers from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in the years since 2000, the number of breast lift procedures performed in the U.S. climbed 70 percent. This increase in mastopexy surgeries grew by nearly twice the rate of breast-implant surgeries, which remains the most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S. for women.

Changes in skin elasticity and sagging breasts can be caused by pregnancy, breast feeding, changes in weight and merely aging itself. A breast lift restores firmness to the breasts by using either the patient’s natural tissue only or by adding breast implants.

“Many women are looking for a youthful breast by using the tissue they already have,” said ASPS President Dr. Robert X. Murphy Jr. “The ideal candidate for a breast lift is a woman who has a good amount of breast tissue left, who doesn’t necessarily want to have implants. Many women aren’t sure if they are a candidate for this type of surgery, but a simple pencil test can tell them if they are.”

The pencil test involves placing a pencil under the breast: “If the breast tissue holds the pencil in place against the chest, that implies that there’s a hanging nature to the breast that can be fixed with a lift,” Murphy explained.

At Brzowski Plastic Surgery, Dr. Brian Brzowski offers several different types of breast lifts in Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah. He will determine the best option for your body during your consultation.

Dr. Brzowski is board certified and has a special interest in breast augmentation and problems resulting from pregnancy [...]