This is a surgical procedure to raise and recontour sagging breast. In some cases, it can be performed in conjunction with surgery to enlarge the size of the breasts.
Who is a good candidate for a breast lift?
Women of all ages (over 18year) with sagging, loose breast or breast that have lost volume and elasticity after childbearing. It also can reduce the size of the areola, the dark pink skin surrounding the nipple. The extent of procedure depends on what changes are desired and what your surgeon deems appropriate.
What will happen during surgery?
The surgery may take two to three hours. Mastopexy usually is performed under general anesthesia. There are several possible approaches to breast lift:
· incision around areola, across the breast to fold
· incision around areola, across the breast
· incision only around areola
Surgeon removes excess skin and fixed breast in a new position. Sutures close the wounds under the breast and around the nipple. In patients with minimal sagging, modified procedure may be used to excise only skin from large areola and the area immediately surrounding it. When breast augmentation is performed in conjunction with the lift, the surgeon places a breast implant in a pocket created either directly under the breast tissue or underneath the chest wall muscle.
After surgery, there is soreness and discomfort which is easily controlled by medication. You will remain in the hospital for a day or two. Within the first week, the dressing will be replaced by a special bra which you will be advised to wear for several weeks. Sutures will be removed within 12 days of surgery. The decision on when to return to work and normal activities depends on how fast you heal and how you feel. Sports should be avoided for four weeks.
Are there risks involved?
While all surgery carries some risk and plastic surgery is no exception. Serious complications are infrequent when the breast lift is performed by qualified plastic surgeon. Poor healing, resulting in conspicuous scars, may necessitate a second operation. Heavy smokers should be aware that nicotine can delay healing. Risk of complications can be minimized by closely adhering to your surgeon’s advice on follow-up care.