A woman’s breast(s) can sag due to many reasons including, but not limited to, aging, weight loss, and pregnancy. For women looking restore firmness and shape to their breasts, the mastopexy (breast lift) procedure offers a surgical treatment option.
What You Should Know About Mastopexy
- The procedure: The surgery is conducted under a general anesthesia and may take up to three hours to complete. Depending on the existing shape of your breasts, the amount of excess and the extent of sag, incisions will be made. Then, the breast tissue may be removed and reshaped. The areola and nipple may also have to be resized and/or moved. Any excess skin will be trimmed to give your breasts more definition. At the end of this breast lifting procedure, all incisions will be stitched back together and left to heal. Results will be visible immediately after the surgery. But, they will not last forever.
- Candidacy: Women in good health looking to lift or reshape their breasts are good candidates for this procedure. Sometimes, the two breasts may not be identical. In that case, mastopexy can also be performed. If you plan to give birth to more children, you are advised to wait until after your final pregnancy; otherwise, all the work may get counteracted.
- Recovery and complications: As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks associated with mastopexy. For instance, a bad reaction to anesthesia is possible. In addition, bleeding, permanent scarring, and contracting infections cannot be completely ruled out. Generally, during the recovery period, bruising, swelling, and/or soreness is common. You may have to use elastic bandages or surgical bras for a few days after the surgery. Support bras may then be required for over a month. Within a week, you may return to work. Strenuous (physical) activities must be avoided for a month, however.
Interested in Learning More About Breast Lifts? Contact Dr. Smith.
If you are interested in breast lifts, breast augmentation, or any of the other procedures that we offer, contact Dr. Smith. Our office can be found in Okatie, South Carolina. You may also call us on 843.705.8940.