Breast lift or Mastopexy is a surgical procedure performed to reshape the breast and return it to a more youthful position. Drooping of the breast may occur after pregnancy as well as aging. Frequently a breast implant may be used in conjunction with a breast lift in order to achieve better results.
You are an ideal candidate of breast lift if you feel you have sagging breasts. Breasts of any size can be lifted. It is important to discuss your expectations about your Breast lift with honesty so that the Doctor can give his professional advice. He will examine and measure your breast, describe the procedure in detail, explain the probable results as well as the risks, limitations and scarring that may result. Pictures are used for reference during surgery and afterwards for result comparing.
Your breast lift surgery itself usually takes one and a half to three hours. It is performed under general anesthesia, you’ll be asleep through the entire operation. The procedure removes excess of skin, and moves the nipple and areola into their new position. Then the skin is brought from both sides of the breast down and around the areola, shaping the new contour of the breast. Another procedure is the periareolar incision, in which a circular incision is made around the areola, without the vertical and horizontal incision.
If you’re having an implant inserted along with your breast lift, it will be placed in a pocket directly under the breast tissue, or deeper, under the muscle of the chest wall. Most of the patients are discharged the same day or the next after their surgery.
You’ll be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a surgical bra over gauze dressing after your breast lift. You may feel some pain for the first couple of days, but the Doctor will prescribe medication to lessen the pain. The stitches will be removed from one to three weeks.
Most women can return to work and to social activities in about one week. Avoid lifting anything over your head or heavy objects for three to four weeks. If you have any unusual symptoms, such as bleeding or severe pain, don’t hesitate to call us.
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