A breast lift can enhance your natural beauty and create the healthy, youthful, confident appearance you desire. Breast lift plastic surgery can improve the profile of sagging breasts, helping you to regain your figure. A breast lift may also be recommended if your breasts have never been as perky as you’d like.
Breast lift can be combined with breast implant surgery. Consider this if your breasts have lost volume due to aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or significant weight loss. Breast lift surgery can help women to feel more confident in their appearance if they are affected by:
- Drooping or sagging breasts
- A lack of firmness
- Nipples pointing downwards
- Changes to the appearance following weight loss
Many women who opt for mastopexy are happy with the size of their breasts. However, you can also combine breast lift surgery with a breast enlargement or breast reduction procedure to achieve the aesthetic results you want.
WHAT IS BREAST LIFT SURGERY?
Mastopexy lifts and reshapes your breasts through the removal of skin from underneath the breast or from around the areola (the darker skin surrounding your nipple). The remaining skin is then tightened and Dr. Del Corral will also re-position your nipples to sit higher on the breast to complete the procedure.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A BREAST LIFT?
Your breast lift will raise and reshape the breasts to give a fuller appearance to your bust. Many patients have increased confidence following their breast uplift as well as feeling more physically comfortable and in proportion.
WHAT ARE THE LIMITATIONS?
Because it is not possible to recreate the natural attachment of the breast to the tissues underneath, a mastopexy alone will not greatly increase the fullness of the breasts above the nipples. Fullness above the nipples can be achieved, however, by increasing the size of the breasts with silicone implants. The extra weight of the silicone implants may accelerate the return of the droopiness of the breasts and in any event there is a tendency for the breast to sink downwards as time goes by. You can lessen the rate at which this happens by supporting your breasts in a bra as much as possible.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
As with any major operation under general anesthetic, there is a small risk of chest problems (particularly if you are a smoker) and a small risk of thrombosis of veins in your legs, particularly if you are taking a contraceptive pill.
Rarely heavy bleeding from the broken blood vessels can occur after the operation, which requires treatment under another anesthetic. Occasionally, infection (usually from germs that are lying dormant in the ducts of the breast) can cause part of the wounds to break down which prolongs the healing period and worsens the quality of the final scars.
Some people have an inborn tendency for scars to stretch and some people produce scars which remain thick, red and irritable for a long time. You need to ask your consultant if you are at increased risk of developing this complication.
If silicone implants are used, you will need to refer to the page on breast augmentation which discusses the issue of breast implants and the potential complications in much more detail.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE THE OPERATION?
If you smoke, you should stop now. If you are taking the contraceptive pill, change to an alternative method at least six weeks beforehand. If you are overweight, reduce it beforehand.
HOW LONG DO I NEED TO RECOVER?
At discharge, the dressings stays on and you need to return in three to five days. The dressing is taken down and you should start wearing a sports bra, day and night, for two months. You will be given some pain killers to take home. Further dressings may or may not be required depending on the wound. You will be seen again in three months’ time. Photographs will be taken at this stage.
You should avoid smoking for four weeks after the procedure. Recovery is individual, but most patients get back to work and driving in three to four weeks’ time. Swimming is usually possible at about eight to ten weeks’ time. You can wear a normal bra at around two to three months after surgery. The breast size and shape is best assessed at six months after surgery.
I AM INTERESTED! WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
If you are considering a breast lift we encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation and/or treatment at Dr. Del Corral’s office. During this visit we will listen to your concerns and discuss your options. After careful analysis of your breasts, we will tell you whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure and inform you of the alternatives and potential risks of the procedure.