What you need to know about breast lift surgery
If you’re considering a surgical breast lift, try this test first. Put a pencil under your breast and see if it stays in place. If the pencil doesn’t move, you might be a candidate for a breast lift.
The most common breast lift operation, called mastopexy, repositions the nipple higher on the chest wall. Women usually get this procedure on an outpatient basis, meaning there’s no overnight stay. It takes about three hours and is usually done under general anesthesia.
Complications after breast lifts are uncommon. Complications may include bleeding, infection, and scarring. Your surgeon will help you prepare for your surgery, which will lower your risk of complications. Patients are encouraged to cease smoking, eliminate medications that thin the blood, and are often required to take antibiotics to eliminate infection.
Getting the Breast Lift
Meet with the anesthesiologist, surgeon, and nursing staff prior to the procedure. Prior to the surgery, the surgeon will mark the proper position to relocate your nipples. After entering the OR, general anesthesia or sedation will be given.
During surgery, the surgeon will remove extra skin and lift your breast tissue to the desired location. If you choose to receive breast implants, the surgeon will insert them and then close the incision. Small drains will allow your breasts to drain excess fluid for 24 to 48 hours.
After a Breast Lift
During your follow-up visit, one or two days after surgery, the surgeon will remove the bandages and drains. Your nipple color and blood supply will also be tested.
It is normal for patients to be uncomfortable for a few days after the surgery. Pain medication is generally prescribed. You may need a special support garment, bra or special dressing to support your breasts and keep their form during recovery.
Within two to three weeks, the surgeon will remove the stitches. The size and shape of the breast will improve with time. Any differences in the size of your breasts may be corrected with a small touch-up procedure.
Avoid heavy lifting for at least 4 to 6 weeks after your breast lift. If you have young children, seek 24 hours child care support for 4-6 weeks after your surgery.
To learn more or to book your breast lift surgery, please call or email the Contact Center today.