A breast lift involves tightening of the breast skin envelope and usually lifting the nipple. This can be combined with breast augmentation and may involve scars on the breast, but many women are happy to trade a scar on the breast for a rejuvenated breast shape. For women that are not new to cosmetic breast surgery, Dr. White has had considerable experience with revision breast surgery and has written about novel surgical techniques in the cosmetic breast surgery literature. In your consultation, Dr. White will explain to you whether or not you could benefit from a breast lift and discuss all of your surgical options.
There are 4 major ways to accomplish a breast lift. These include:
Before your surgery, you should have an idea about what to expect during the surgery. It will help you feel more at ease.
Your surgeon will make two incisions in one of three places, either around the areolae, down toward the breast creases or horizontally along the breast creases. Depending on the goal of the surgery, your doctor will make the incisions to help you achieve your desired results. Your doctor may remove some of the excess breast skin, or he or she may lift up your nipples get to the look you want. When the surgery is finished, your doctor will stitch up the incisions with stitches.
In most cases, the surgery will take between two and three hours, and you’ll be allowed to go home after the surgery is complete. If you have any other questions, speak with your doctor before your surgery. You should feel completely comfortable before going under the knife.
Most breast lift surgeries last for about two to three hours depending on the work you want done. Before the surgery, you and your doctor will have a conversation about how long the surgery will last and what you should do before and after the surgery.
There are a few things you can do to prepare for the surgery. You should have a mammogram to make sure you do not have breast cancer or any other problems. Your doctor will be able to see how the tissue in your breast looks and prepare for the work that needs to be done. If you smoke, you should quit as quickly as possible. When you smoke, your blood doesn’t flow as well, and it can slow the healing process.
You should also arrange for some help after the surgery. You may feel woozy and dizzy, and you should have someone come and help get you home safely. Arrange for a friend or family member to pick you up once the surgery is done.
After the surgery, you should be ready to take it easy and relax. You want to make sure that your breasts get a chance to heal.You will most likely have small tubes near the incision points drain fluids in your breast. If you get moving too quickly, you may rip your stitches or hurt yourself.
For two weeks, your breasts will be swollen, and you’ll see plenty of bruises. You may feel some pain and discomfort around the incision areas. Your doctor will prescribed you pain medications, so keep up with them for the first two days. You will be sore, so avoid heavy lifting or straining yourself. Be sure to sleep on your back or side so you don’t put weight on your breasts.
Your doctor will tell you when it is okay to resume your daily activities such as showering. You should also wait one to two weeks before resuming sexual activity.
Make sure that whichever breast lift (mastopexy) you choose, that it is the right one for you and your lifestyle. Your surgery should be about achieving your own happiness, so take that into consideration. Contact Dr. Jeremy White at ARC Plastic Surgery today. (305) 697-5901.