Breast Lift

A mastopexy, more commonly known as a breast lift, is a surgical procedure that moves or lifts the breast tissue and the nipple up to a higher level on a woman’s chest. Breasts, even the perfect ones, may sag or droop over time. This may be due to the natural aging process where the skin loses its elasticity, rapid weight loss, or pregnancy. This procedure is meant to bring back your breasts’ natural and original look and improve a woman’s silhouette. Every woman has her own idea of what her breasts should look like and to achieve this, the procedure can be done with breast enlargement or reduction procedures if necessary.

What to Expect During the Procedure

A breast lift is an out-patient procedure. It can be done in a hospital operating room or at an out-patient surgical facility. The procedure begins with the administration of local anesthesia in combination with intravenous sedation. The anesthesiologist may also opt to put the patient under general anesthesia if necessary. Incisions are made in areas where the breast tissues need to be moved or lifted. The surgeon then proceeds to lift and tighten the tissues to its ideal place on the chest. If the procedure is done in conjunction with a breast augmentation procedure, the implants can be placed at this point in the procedure. The excess skin is then trimmed and sutured back into place. A fluid drain is then placed under the skin to prevent seromas or the buildup of fluid along the lines of the incision. The drains are removed after 24-48 hours following the procedure.

Recovering from a Breast Lift

A little bit of bruising, swelling and discomfort is normal after the operation. Doctors often prescribe pain medication to manage the discomfort and antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. Doctors would also recommend that their patients wear compression bandages or a sports bra to provide support, encourage healing, and keep the breasts in place. These should be worn for 4-6 weeks following the operation and should not be removed at all during this time unless they are being replaced. The patient is expected to come back several days after the procedure to remove all the remaining fluid drains, and again after 2-3 weeks to have the sutures removed. Physical tasks are discouraged until the stitches are removed, after which the patient can begin performing light physical activities. Heavy lifting and strenuous activities should be avoided until full recovery has been achieved. This usually takes 4-6 weeks following the operation.

The decision to undergo this type of procedure is a very personal one. A patient should not feel pressured to undergo any type of cosmetic surgery if she is not comfortable with it. Patients should also be well informed about the risks and the benefits of this procedure before making a decision. Our reputable and well-trained staff of nurses, doctors, and surgeons can walk you through the whole process, giving you all the information you need to make the choice that is right for you. If you’re interested in getting a breast lift, you can contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation session with one of our excellent and highly-skilled plastic surgeons.

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