A Breast Lift is a surgical procedure designed to raise and reshape the breasts. For many women it is a decision to alleviate the natural toll taken on their breasts from factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and the normal forces of gravity over time. Sometimes Breast Lift surgery is also used reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple).
Those who are healthy, emotionally stable and who are realistic about what surgery can accomplish are the best candidates for Breast Lift surgery. For those with smaller breasts or those that have lost volume, inserting Breast Implants in conjunction with a Breast Lift can be beneficial in increasing both firmness and size. For any woman considering Breast Lift surgery it is important to note that no surgery can permanently delay the effects of gravity.
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Having decided you would like to learn more about the benefits of Breast Lift surgery, you are welcome to make an appointment with Mr Howard Klein for an in-depth discussion and evaluation regarding the details of the procedure and your suitability for this type of surgery.
This initial consultation will include taking into consideration your health and well-being as well as deciding which surgical techniques are the most appropriate for you based on your current breast condition. During this session the full procedure will be explained in detail, this will include potential risks, the limitations of this type of surgery, type of anesthesia, the facility where the surgery will be performed and the costs involved.
During this consultation your breasts will need to be examined and measured (while you are sitting or standing) and there will be discussion as to where the nipple and areola will be positioned. It is important to be specific about your expectations at your initial consultation; patients and surgeons may have a different view of what is a desirable size and shape for your breast.
Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have during this process especially those around your expectations and concerns about the final results. It is also important to disclose any previous medical conditions, complications and/or issues that you are aware of during this consultation and to let the doctor know if you smoke or are taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.
*Please be aware that health insurance policies do not cover the cost of Breast Lift surgery.
Your Breast Lift will be performed in a hospital or an outpatient surgery clinic. Breast Lift surgery is usually done in an outpatient capacity for cost considerations and also convenience. If you are admitted to the hospital as an inpatient, you can expect to stay one or two days.
Breast Lifts are usually performed under general anesthesia, which means you will sleep through the operation. In selected patients-particularly when a smaller incision is being made, the surgeon may use local anesthesia combined with a sedative to make you drowsy. This means you will be awake but feel relaxed, with minimal discomfort.
A Breast Lift is not a simple operation, but it is normally considered safe when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. Nevertheless, as with any surgery, there is always a possibility of complications or a reaction to the anesthesia. During your consultation the procedure will be explained in detail, including the risks and limitations.
A Breast Lift usually takes between 1 ½ to 3 ½ hours. Stitches are used to close the necessary incisions (these may also be taped for greater support).
Techniques for a Breast Lift do vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision following the natural contour of the breast. Working through the incision, your surgeon will lift and reshape the breast tissue and skin, and re-centre the nipple and areola.
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. See our section on Breast Enlargement surgery for more information on this.
|A. Over time, a woman’s breasts begin to sag and the areolas become larger.|
|B. Incisions outline the area of skin to be removed and the new position for the nipple.|
|C. Skin formerly located above the nipple is brought down and together to reshape the breast. Stitches close the incisions, giving the breast its new contour.|
|D. After surgery, the breasts are higher and firmer, with stitches usually located around the areola, below it, and in the crease under the breast.|
|E. If your expectations are realistic, chances are you’ll be satisfied with your Breast Lift.|
After surgery it is important to be realistic in your expectations, your breasts be bruised, swollen and quite uncomfortable for a few days, but the pain shouldn’t be too severe. Any discomfort you do feel can be helped with prescribed medications. Stitches will need to be removed after a week or two.
Healing is a gradual and individual process, and although you may be up and about in a day or two, don’t plan on returning to work for a week or more, depending on how you feel. Avoid lifting anything over your head for three to four weeks. You will receive further detailed instructions regarding resuming normal day to day activities following your surgery.
As an outpatient you will be discharged the same day of the operation and sent home. You will not be able to drive, so do arrange for transport and someone to be around to look after you for the first few days.
Every effort will be made to make your scars as inconspicuous as possible, however it is important to remember that Breast Lift scars are permanent. Scars will often remain lumpy and red for months, gradually becoming less obvious, sometimes eventually fading to thin white lines.
It is also important to keep in mind that a Breast Lift won’t keep your breasts firm forever. The normal effects of gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight fluctuations will eventually have a repeat effect. Satisfaction levels resulting from a Breast Lift are likely to be greater if you understand the procedure thoroughly and as a result develop more realistic expectations.