Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is a cosmetic procedure that lifts and reshapes sagging breasts. While breast lift surgery can provide women with a more youthful and lifted appearance, it’s important to be well-informed about the procedure before making the decision to undergo it. Here are 10 things you need to know about breast lift surgery.
1. Breast lift surgery is not the same as breast augmentation. Breast lift surgery is designed to lift and reshape sagging breasts, while breast augmentation involves increasing the size of the breasts using implants or fat grafting. Women who want to change the size of their breasts may require a combination procedure with both a breast lift and augmentation. A breast lift and breast reduction can also be performed together to reduce breast size if desired.
2. Breast lift surgery is ideal for women who have sagging breasts due to aging, pregnancy, or weight loss. Breast lift surgery can correct breasts that have lost their shape or have become saggy due to aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss. Women with small, sagging breasts can benefit from the procedure as well.
3. Breast lift surgery does leave scars. Breast lift surgery requires incisions to be made on the breasts to remove excess skin and reshape them. These incisions are located around the areola and down the center of the bottom half of the breast, which will leave scars. However, scars generally heal and improve significantly over time when properly cared for. Scar therapies, such as Silagen®, are also available at our office to help with healing.
4. Breast lift surgery can cause a temporary loss of nipple sensation. Breast lift surgery can temporarily affect the nerves in the breast and cause a loss of sensation in the nipples. However, this is usually a temporary side effect, and sensation usually returns within a few months.
5. Breast lift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. Breast lift surgery is a surgical procedure that requires general anesthesia. Patients will need to be in good health and have realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery.
6. Breast lift surgery can be combined with other procedures. Breast lift surgery can be combined with other procedures, such as breast augmentation, breast reduction, tummy tuck, or liposuction, to achieve a more comprehensive body transformation.
7. Breast lift surgery recovery time can vary. Recovery time for breast lift surgery can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and the patient’s overall health. Patients should expect to take about a week off from work and avoid strenuous physical activity for a few weeks.
8. Breast lift surgery can improve self-confidence. Breast lift surgery improves the appearance of sagging breasts, therefore increasing self-confidence in many women. Women who feel self-conscious about their breasts may find that the procedure helps them feel more comfortable in their own skin, as well as look and feel better in clothing.
9. Breast lift surgery is not permanent. While breast lift surgery can provide long-lasting results, it’s important to note that the effects of aging, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and gravity can cause the breasts to continue to change over time. Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle will help preserve breast lift results.
10. Breast lift surgery should be performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon. Breast lift surgery is a complex procedure that should only be performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. Patients should take the time to research board certified surgeons and choose one with a good reputation and vast experience performing breast lift surgery.
In conclusion, breast lift surgery is a cosmetic procedure that can help women achieve a more youthful and lifted appearance. However, it’s important to be well-informed about the procedure and have realistic expectations about the outcome. Women who are considering breast lift surgery should consult with a board certified plastic surgeon and thoroughly discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure before making a decision.