While thousands of women undergo breast lift surgery each year, it’s true that plastic surgery is not for everyone. There are all kinds of factors to take into account before deciding on a breast lift and surgery should be something that is carefully considered and not a split second decision. A breast lift may take women away from or limit the ability to work and to engage in social and family activities for several weeks like any other major surgery.
A breast augmentation, also called a mastopexy, is a cosmetic breast surgery designed to reverse the effects of aging, trauma to the breast from pregnancy and breast-feeding, and the natural effects of gravity. To affect a more natural and youthful look underlying skin can be lifted, reshaped, or removed and the areolas can be repositioned higher. Skin around the perimeter of the areolas can be removed to reduce their size. These incisions are placed around the areola, across the base of the breast and between the base and the areola to minimize scarring, but scars will remain to some degree depending on each patient’s body’s unique ability to heal.
Breast lifts are great for patients whose breasts have change shape after childbirth or have slowly begin to sag or point downward as they have aged. Patients should expect to spend at least the first several days post surgery in bed, after which they will be able to move around carefully and begin to resume normal activity over the next few weeks. Some patients are able to return to work within the first two weeks while others take slightly longer. The recovery process is critical to healing properly and patients must be careful to take things slowly as recommended by the surgeon.
A breast lift is not a cure all and if you are interested in increasing or decreasing the size of your breasts another cosmetic procedure such as a breast augmentation or a breast reduction will be better suited to meet your expectations. Contact an American Board Certified Plastic Surgeon today for a consultation and to learn if a breast lift or a similar procedure is right for you.