What is a breast lift?
Breast lift surgery raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Breast lift procedures are often done in conjunction with breast reduction and reconstruction surgeries.
Is breast lift surgery right for me?
Your breasts must be fully developed to undergo breast lift surgery. You must also be at least 18 years old, but some surgical plans require a minimum age up to 25. Breast lift surgery is right for you if your ability to live an active lifestyle is greatly impaired by the shape and movement of your atypical breasts, or if you have had or are planning to have breast surgery.
What will happen at my breast lift consultation?
You’ll meet with a plastic surgeon during a one on one consultation. They will examine your breasts, discuss your desired aesthetic goals, and make sure a breast lift is right for you. Your surgeon will be sure to outline the full pre and postoperative process so you know exactly what to expect before, during, and after surgery.
What will happen the day I have breast lift surgery? How long does it take?
When you check in to the surgery center, you will fill out a few forms before entering the surgery preparation room. Once changed into your surgery gown, a nurse will insert an IV and begin a saline drip to prepare your body for anesthesia. When it’s time for surgery, you will be taken into the operating room and then given medication through your IV so that you are unconscious during surgery. It will feel like you’ve only been asleep for a few minutes, but the full surgery will take anywhere from 3-6 hours depending on your surgical plan. You will wake up from surgery in a comfortable recovery room surrounded by our attentive postoperative team. It will take about an hour to fully recover from anesthesia before you are ready to sit up and walk around.
What is recovery like after breast lift surgery?
Your surgical team will provide detailed after care instructions following your breast lift surgery. It is very important to follow these instructions. Failing to do so can result in serious postoperative complications.
You will need to wear a special support bra during the healing the process to compress your breasts and protect your incisions. This will also help minimize swelling. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood and fluid that may collect. Do not apply excessive force, abrasion, or motion to your chest area while you are healing. For at least three weeks following breast lift surgery, you will experience swelling and mild to moderate pain which can be managed by prescription pain medication. It will take at least six weeks for your body to fully recover from surgery, and you must avoid strenuous physical activity during this time.