Breast Lift Surgery
A more technical term for breast lift surgery is a mastopexy. The purpose of a breast lift surgery is to improve the shape of your breasts and give them a fuller appearance.
What Is Breast Lift Surgery?
As mentioned above, the main purpose for going through a breast lift surgery is to improve the appearance and shape of the breasts by lifting them up and giving them a fuller appearance. This can be combined with a breast augmentation procedure or it can involve reducing the amount of breast tissue to get the correct results.
What Should You Expect During Your Consultation?
As with any procedure, it’s important during your consultation that you’re honest and open with us so that we can determine and advise on the best possible procedure for you. Here, we will also go through the expectations, complications and concerns that you have about the procedure as your health and safety is what is most important to us.
From a clinical point of view, we will need you to be as truthful as possible about your health, desires and lifestyle so we can cater the surgery to your needs. This will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions to our surgical team if there are any that you wish to ask.
You may want to know what a breast lift looks like after the surgery has been completed. In which case, our team will be happy to go through previous case studies and before and after photos for you. From a clinical point of view, we will need you to be as truthful as possible about your health, desires and lifestyle so we can cater the surgery to your needs and ensure we can pick the correct breast lift options for you.
How Should I Prepare For Breast Lift Surgery?
In order to perform the surgery, you will be put under general anaesthetic. If you are unwell or have any health issues leading up to the surgery you should let us know and contact us. There are certain precautions that you have to take leading up to the surgery and this includes following these steps:
- Stop smoking around 6 weeks before
- Any form of inflammatory drugs or herbal supplements should be stopped
- Don’t take aspirin
During your consultation, you’ll be assessed about whether your current body shape will be suitable for the surgery. This is to ensure that the procedure will run as smoothly and safely as possible. This may mean that you would have to match the breast lift requirements weight (ideal body weights are assessed on a case by case basis).
You should also consider arranging a mode of transport to and from the surgery as you will initially feel discomfort after the procedure. We’d advise taking around 2 weeks off at work depending on the profession that you’re in. The more physical your work, the more time you will need.
If there are any preoperative tests that are required before the surgery, we’ll arrange this for you.
What Happens During Surgery?
Breast lift surgery takes around 1.5 – 2.5 hours and will involve creating incisions around the nipple area down towards the breast crease. In some circumstances, an incision will be needed around the breast crease also. Once the incision is created, it will be here where the breast tissue is removed before being reshaped. Once completed, the skin is tightened and the incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches.
What to Expect After Breast Lift Surgery
After the surgery has taken place, you will be taken back to the ward where you’ll be given time to find your mobility again. Drains won’t be required so you’ll be able to eat and drink. Considering the type of surgery that you went through, you may feel signs of discomfort. Noticeable swelling will also be visible after the breast lift surgery, so pain relief will be provided that can help to numb the pain. For ideal results, wear a support bra both day and night for around 4 weeks after the surgery, keeping the wounds dry in the process.
Regular reviews of the progress of your healing will be conducted at the clinic and it’s from this we’ll have a better idea of your expected breast lift recovery time. Try to avoid heavy exercise for the first week or so before trying to perform light exercises around 2-3 weeks after. Massaging the scar once it’s healed can help with appearance.