What happens during a breast lift?
What happens during a breast lift procedure can vary depending on the specific type of breast lift being done. There are several different types of breast lifts, with the vertical breast lift being the best option for most candidates. During a vertical mastopexy, the patient is placed under anesthesia and a periareolar incision is made around the nipple as well as an elliptical incision in the breast below the nipple. This is done to reposition the nipple or reduce the size of the areola itself, and at the same time lift the breast mound. Dissolving sutures are then used to close the incisions.
Are there any risks with the procedure?
The main risk associated with a breast lift is scarring, which may or may not be noticeable depending on your aftercare and skin type. People with dark skin are more likely to experience noticeable scarring. Some other risks include:
- excessive bleeding
- necrosis of breast skin or the nipple itself (extremely rare)
What should I expect from a consultation?
During an initial consultation with our doctor, you will have a conversation about your reasons for wanting a breast lift and your desired results. From there, the doctor will determine whether you are a viable candidate for the procedure, as well as give you a better idea of what kinds of results you can expect.
How can I prepare for a breast lift?
Before your breast lift, it’s recommended that you tell your doctor about any medications you’re taking. Some women will require a mammogram before the procedure if it has been more than a year since the last one, or if you have a high genetic risk of breast cancer. If you’re a smoker, quitting smoking is critical to reduce your risk of nipple loss and scarring as well as increase the chances of a successful procedure overall.
How long does recovery take?
Typically breast lift recovery takes a few weeks. In the first few days following the procedure, patients should keep an eye on the incisions and take steps to prevent infection. Over time, the sutures used will dissolve into the skin and breasts lift results will begin to be more visible. Most doctors allow patients to return to work within the first week but recommend that patients continuously wear a bra for a few weeks until the incision areas are fully healed.
What questions should I ask my surgeon?
Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Ferguson, will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your procedure. For example, if you plan on having more children in the future, you may want to talk to your surgeon about how your ability to breastfeed may be affected by having this procedure done.
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Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Plastic Surgery
Dr. Earl E. Ferguson,
San Antonio, TX
A breast lift procedure (also known as mastopexy) is a cosmetic surgery that aims to lift sagging breasts and reposition the nipples.