Recently, there have been several stories in the media discussing a “Botox Breast Lift.” This non-surgical procedure is highly speculative, and has offered incredibly mixed results for the patients who have undergone this treatment.
Botox works in preventing wrinkles by weakening the muscle that has created the wrinkle in the first place. The principle here is similar. Essentially, Botox is used to weaken the pectoralis minor muscle (one of your chest muscles), which pulls the breast down. This causes the rhomboid muscle (a muscle at the top of your back) to pull up your back slightly, potentially giving the appearance of lifting your breasts, and also putting more pressure on your back.
The procedure requires three injections on each breast, and proponents say that it lasts approximately 10 – 12 weeks. However, injecting Botox into the chest muscles is not only dangerous, but your chest muscles will most likely be unusable for up to six months. Furthermore, the major issue with sagging of the breast is skin and glandular, not muscular.
“Off label,” non-FDA approved practices such as this are not recommended, and unacceptable to most in the plastic surgery community, and to Allergan, the company that produces Botox.
If you, or anyone you know, is considering a breast lift, warn them to stay away from this potentially harmful procedure, and stick with the proven surgical methods available. While they may cost more money, the results last longer, and the danger is lessened when a qualified surgeon performs the procedure.