Frequently Asked Questions
What are the risks?
As with any surgery, there are some risks. Your surgeon will discuss specific risks based on your individual case. You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following your surgeon's instructions before and after the surgery, especially regarding when and how you should resume physical activity. It is important that you do not smoke for a while before or after the procedure. Smoking often results in poor healing and wider, visible scars.
Does a breast lift leave any visible scars?
Breast lifts do leave some scars but they will not be visible if you are wearing a bathing suit or bra.
Where will my surgery take place?
Most often breast lifts are performed in the operating room under general anesthesia.
What happens during the procedure?
There are several different methods used to perform a breast lift. Your surgeon will review these with you in detail and recommend which one is best for you based on several factors. A breast lift can take anywhere from one and a half to three and a half hours to complete. No breast tissue is removed, so you will remain the same size, although your breasts will seem larger because the skin is tightened.
What is the recovery time?
After surgery, your breasts will be bruised, a bit swollen, and somewhat uncomfortable for a few days. The pain shouldn't be severe. Your surgeon will cover the treated area with bandages or a surgical bra ( placed over gauze) which will be replaced by a soft support bra after a few days. You should wear this bra 24 hours a day for the next three to four weeks.
After surgery, your nipples and/or breast skin might be numb; this is a result of the swelling and surgery. As the swelling decreases, the numbness will also begin to fade. In some patients, the numbness may last up to a year or longer. About 10 days after surgery, your stitches will be removed. Although you'll probably be up and about within the first couple of days, you shouldn't plan on returning to work for at least one or two weeks. You must also avoid lifting anything over your head for three to four weeks.
Who are the best candidates for a breast lift?
A breast lift can correct sagging breasts caused by pregnancy and nursing. The best results are normally seen in women who have smaller breasts, although breasts of any size can be lifted. With larger breasted women, the results may not last quite as long simply because the larger the size of the breasts the sooner the breast will begin to sag again. If you are planning on having more children, it's best to postpone this kind of procedure.
A breast lift is not permanent. The effects of gravity, aging and weight fluctuations will eventually cause sagging again.
Breast lift surgery does not significantly change the size of your breasts or round out the upper part of your breast. If you want your breasts to look fuller, consider breast lift and augmentation surgery. If you want smaller breasts, consider combining breast lift and reduction surgery.