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The Breast Lift and the Pencil Test

2014-05-15

Typically, breastfeeding and age contribute to women experiencing decreased breast volume and sagging. The idea of using the body's natural tissue in lieu of implants may be viewed as a less invasive surgical procedure and therefore more appealing.

Simply stated, a breast lift involves removing excess skin and lifting the breasts back up to their pre-sag position. If you're wondering whether a breast lift is a consideration, try doing the pencil test. Now, I know some of you are flashing back to your early teenage years when the pencil test was used to determine if you needed to wear a bra. But we digress.

Stand straight upright and place a pencil under your 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" according to ASPS President, Robert Murphy, Jr., MD.