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Commonly known as a Mastopexy or mammoplasty, the breast lift differs from breast augmentation in that it helps to raise sagging breasts by modifying the size, contour, and elevation. It is a surgical procedure, performed by a plastic surgeon in which excess tissues and fat are removed. Some patients may choose to have breast implants added as part of the procedure. There is usually no medical reason to do it. While performing this surgery, the nipple-areola complex (NAC) is preserved to prevent damage to your lactational ability. Breasts look saggy due to overstretched suspensory ligaments of cooper, excessive tissue and skin. Lactation is also a cause of drooping breasts. This surgery restores your normal bust giving you round, elevated breasts. However, this surgery is not for everyone, you should talk to your doctor openly before opting for it. Your physical conditions and history are considered before going for surgery.
A breast lift won't significantly change the size of your breasts. However, a breast lift can be performed in combination with breast augmentation or breast reduction, this will be determined by your surgeon and will require a scan of the breasts.
A number of techniques are available for a breast lift. They differ in the location of incisions. The one suitable for you is chosen according to the condition of your breasts. The procedure begins with making you lay in the supine position. You are anesthetized, so that you may not suffer from pain during the surgery. After this, an incision is given around your areola descending down towards the crease where it runs horizontally. Stitches are given inside the breasts to suspend them. Excess tissue is removed. Sometimes, the size of your areola is decreased and nipples are shifted to a higher position. In the end, the skin flap is put back to its place and the incisions are stitched. A bandage is applied over the operated area. You are given a surgical bra to wear. Small tubes are placed near your incisions to drain any fluid or blood. These tubes are removed after some days.
This is a 2 to 3-hour procedure, after which you are moved from the operation theatre to a private recovery room. You are monitored for a few hours, and if everything goes fine you can go home on the same day, assuming no other surgeries were performed at the same time. After being discharged from the hospital, you have to come for check-ups on a regular basis to ensure that nothing goes wrong. You should remain in United States for at least 7-10 days after the surgery. In this period, your incisions heal and stitches are removed. You can leave when told by your doctor.
The exact type of surgery decides your recovery time, but either way, you should take 2 to 3 weeks off work. There will be pain and swelling in the operated area and your breasts will appear swollen and taught for almost 2 weeks. There will be redness and pain around your incisions and your areola and nipple are likely to be numb for a few days. In the early days, painkillers are given to help you with pain and surgical bras can be worn for 2 to 3 weeks, after which, you can wear regular bras. No underwire bras should be worn for at least 6 weeks.
Following points should be kept in mind to take care of yourself after being discharged from the hospital:
According to a survey, 80% of women are found satisfied by the result of breast lift surgery. Their bust is restored and sagginess disappeared. Failed surgeries leave marks on your breasts which can be subjected to hypertrophy. Also, there might be a difference in the shape of both breasts. Changes continue to take place for a year after the surgery. In these cases, revisional breast lift surgery is performed.
For an in-depth analysis of the Breast Lift procedure with before and after images, watch this short video.
The following are some non-surgical alternatives to breast lift surgery:
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