Breast lift cosmetic surgery also known as mastopexy is a common, but complex breast enhancement procedure that raises and reshapes sagging breasts. Breast lift can be performed with or without the insertion of breast implants, depending upon the anatomical factors and needs of the patient.
The breast lift surgical procedure may be performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia, in a hospital or in an office surgical suite. Your time in surgery is typically two to three-and-a-half hours.
The degree of lift required generally determines the number and length of the incisions. The more lift a patient needs, the more likely the patient will need a lift with more extensive incisions. In other words, someone who needs a significant lift likely will not be a candidate for a periareolar incision, but rather the anchor incision.
Since, skin is removed and tissue is moved around, the breasts will be bruised, sore, and swollen afterwards. Patient can expect to wear bandages or a surgical bra for several days. There may be some pain, but it should not be severe and it can be treated by a prescription from plastic surgeon. After the bandages and surgical bra have been removed, your doctor may suggest that you wear an athletic or support bra until the swelling subsides. Stitches are normally removed in stages within a week or two after plastic surgery.
Heavy lifting or straining should be avoided after plastic surgery because this can cause the breasts to swell and increase pressure. You can return to work normally within a week and to full activity within a month. Sensation in your nipples may be reduced temporarily, but sensation usually returns to normal as your breasts heal. Breast feeding is typically unhindered because the connecting glandular tissue of the nipple and areola are left intact during breast lift surgery.
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