Breast Lift is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman’s breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. A Breast Lift can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple
If your breasts are small or have lost volume-for example, after pregnancy, breast implants inserted in conjunction with a Breast Lift can increase both their firmness and their size.
The best candidates for a Breast Lift are healthy, emotionally stable women who are realistic about what the surgery can accomplish. The best results are usually achieved in women with small, sagging breasts. Breasts of any size can be lifted, but the results may not last as long in heavy breasts. It’s important to note that no surgery can permanently delay the effects of gravity.
At your initial consultation, it’s important to discuss your expectations with Mr Klein. Patients and physicians may have a different view of what is a desirable size and shape for your breast. Mr Klein will examine your breasts and measure them while you’re sitting or standing. You should discuss where the nipple and areola will be positioned; they will be moved higher during the procedure, and should be approximately even with the crease beneath your breast. Don’t hesitate to ask Mr Klein any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results. Mr Klein will explain the procedure in detail, including the risks and limitations, the type of anesthesia that will be used, the type of facility where the surgery will be preformed and the costs involved. Be sure to tell Mr Klein if you smoke, and if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.
Your Breast Lift may be performed in a hospital or an outpatient surgery center. It’s usually done on an outpatient basis, for cost containment and convenience. If you’re 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’ll 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. You’ll be awake but relaxed, and will feel minimal discomfort.
A Breast Lift is not a simple operation, but it’s normally 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 one and a half to three and a half hours. Techniques vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision following the natural contour of the breast. 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.
|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 your breasts will be bruised, swollen, and uncomfortable for a day or two, but the pain shouldn’t be severe. Any discomfort you do feel can be relieved with medications prescribed by Mr Klein. The stitches will be removed after a week or two.
Healing is a gradual process. 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. Mr Klein will give you detailed instructions for resuming your normal activities.
Mr Klein will make every effort to make your scars as inconspicuous as possible. Still, it’s important to remember that Breast Lift scars are extensive and permanent. They often remain lumpy and red for months, then gradually become less obvious, sometimes eventually fading to thin white lines. Fortunately, the scars can usually be placed so that you can wear low-cut tops. You should also keep in mind that a Breast Lift won’t keep your breasts firm forever. The effects of gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight fluctuations will eventually take their toll again. Women who have implants along with their Breast Lift may find the results last longer. Your satisfaction with a Breast Lift is likely to be greater if you understand the procedure thoroughly and if your expectations are realistic.