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Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a good candidate for a breast lift?
Good candidates for breast lift are healthy women with realistic expectations and a thorough understanding of what surgery can accomplish. Many women seek mastopexy to correct the sagging and stretching effects of aging, gravity, pregnancy, nursing or significant weight loss.
Doctors recommend that women wait to undergo a breast lift until after their breasts are fully developed or until they are finished having children. Although mastopexy will not interfere with breastfeeding, pregnancy is likely to offset the results of the procedure.
Breasts of any size can be lifted, but the results may not last as long for women with heavy breasts. The best results are usually seen in women with small, sagging breasts.
What does a breast lift involve?
In a breast lift, your surgeon will raise and reshape sagging breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning remaining tissue and nipples. This surgical procedure lasts between one and three hours. Patients are typically given general anesthesia and are not typically hospitalized.
What should I do in the time leading up to my breast lift surgery?
Your doctor will give you instructions before your breast lift surgery, including guidelines on eating, drinking, and taking or avoiding certain medications and vitamins. Avoid smoking or tobacco use four to six weeks before surgery and aspirin 14 days before and after your procedure.
Your surgeon may require you to have a mammogram before surgery, depending upon your age and family history. You will also want to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you for a couple of days.
What should I expect following a breast lift procedure?
After your breast lift procedure, you may experience temporary bruising, swelling, discomfort, numbness or dry breast skin. Additionally, you may wear a surgical bra or soft bra for several weeks after your procedure.
Breast lift patients generally stay out of work for up to one week and avoid strenuous activity for one month. It may take several months to one year for scars to fade, although slight scars will last indefinitely.
The risks associated with breast lift surgery include wide scars, skin loss, infection, unevenly positioned nipples, or permanent loss of feeling in nipples or breast.