If you are considering cosmetic surgery for your breasts, you may be wondering exactly what a breast lift is and if it may be the right procedure for you. Here are some facts about breast lift procedures, what happens afterwards, and how a breast lift can help you.
Breast lift surgery
Unlike breast implants, a breast lift (or mastopexy) doesn’t involve surgically inserting material to change the size, contour, or shape of the breast. In a breast lift, excess skin is removed, tissue is tightened, and nipples are repositioned. If you feel your areolas look too stretched out or are too large, a breast lift can help with that as well. The procedure is recommended for women who feel like their breasts are too droopy, sagging, or asymmetrical, which can result after a lot of weight has been lost or after pregnancy or breastfeeding. It can also just be a natural part of aging or due to genetics.
The ideal breast lift candidate
If you are considering this procedure, you should be in good health and at a healthy weight. Your plastic surgeon can discuss with you what you can expect from a breast lift and if implants or another procedure would be better for you. A breast lift can be done along with other procedures such as implants.
After the breast lift procedure
Breast lifts can be done on an outpatient basis. After the procedure, you will be uncomfortable for a few days and there may be swelling and bruising. You may need medication for the pain. You should avoid strenuous activity and avoid sleeping on your stomach. Your plastic surgeon will also recommend that you wear the right kind of bra for maximum support while you are healing.
Results of a breast lift can last for several years, although over time breasts will begin to sag due to the normal effects of aging. For best results, it is suggested that the patient maintains a steady weight after a breast lift.