Once you have decided you want to get a breast lift, the best person to see is a plastic surgeon. During the initial consult, feel free to ask any questions.
- Ask about the surgery, its potential risks and complications
- Ask if an implant will help you and discuss where the nipple will be located
- Find out what type of anesthesia you will be administered and who will administer it
- Determine where your surgery will be done- at a hospital or a clinic
- Finally do not forget the costs of surgery
Never hesitate to ask because ultimately you are the one going under the knife.
Prior to a Mastopexy, no extensive preparations are required. One should stop smoking at least 4-6 weeks before surgery.
The use of aspirin type drugs should be stopped at least 7 days prior to surgery.
A mammogram is not mandatory prior to surgery especially if you are under the age of 40.
Mastopexy can be performed either in a hospital or an outpatient facility. Outpatient facilities offer more convenience, and lesser costs than hospitals.
When the surgery is extensive, you will required to stay at least for the night in the hospital.
Mastopexy is a painful procedure and thus best done under general anesthesia
There are various modifications of the procedure but they all involve restoring the natural shape of the breast.
For those individuals with large sagging breast, the incisions are large. For those with small breasts the incisions are small
If you're having an implant inserted along with your breast lift, it will be placed in a pocket directly under the breast tissue, or deeper, under the muscle of the chest wall.
After surgery, an elastic bandage or a surgical bra will be placed over the breast.
Bruising, swelling and pain are common for the next 48 hours. These minor side effects will subside over the next few days.
The pain is moderate in nature and easily controlled with over the counter pain medications
When the swelling has subsided, the bandages are removed and a soft bra support is worn for the next 3-4 weeks.
If non absorbable stitches are used to close the incision, the stitches are usually removed in 10-14 days
One should avoid heavy exercise or sporting activities for at least 4-6 weeks after the surgery
Simple washing and keeping the incision is dry is adequate to help heal the wounds
After the surgery, you may notice that the nipples are numb. In some cases the nipples may become hypersensitive to even the slightest touch. These sensations subside over the next few months. In some cases, the numbness may be a permanent situation.