Everything About Breast Lift Surgery

Breasts have long been a symbol of femininity and self-confidence. They can significantly impact a woman’s self-image, contributing to feelings of beauty and sensuality. 

However, various factors such as pregnancy, weight fluctuations, aging, and genetics can cause the breasts to lose their youthful shape and firmness. This is where breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, steps in as a remarkable solution.

This blog will explore the breast lift surgery procedure, potential risks, and the recovery process.

What is a Breast Lift Surgery?

Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed to lift and reshape sagging breasts. 

This procedure is commonly performed to enhance the appearance of breasts that have lost their youthful firmness and shape due to factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging, or genetics.

Why is Breast Lift Done?

Breast changes and loses its firmness with age, pregnancy, weight changes, and genetics. A breast lift can help reduce sagging and elevate the nipple position.

You might consider a breast lift if:

  • Your breasts are sagging, leading to a loss of shape and volume, 
  • Your breasts appear flatter and longer.
  • Your nipples descend below the natural creases of your breasts when unsupported.
  • Your nipples and areolae point downward.
  • The size of your areolae has stretched out of proportion to your breast size.
  • One breast sits lower than the other.

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How Long Does Breast Lift Surgery Take?

The duration of breast lift surgery can vary depending on several factors and typically takes between 2-3 hours.

The specific techniques used in the procedure can vary depending on the extent of breast sagging and the desired outcome, but the general steps involved in the procedure are as follows:

  • Before your procedure, your surgeon will do a medical review and physical exam and discuss your expectations. You will receive post-operative instructions like stopping certain medications and avoiding smoking.
  • You’ll be marked in the standing position to determine the new nipple position on your breast.
  • You’ll get general or local anesthesia to relax you and relieve pain during the surgery. 
  • The surgeon will make an incision around the areola based on the chosen technique:
    • Around the areolae 
    • Horizontally along the breast creases
    • Extending downward from the areolae to the lower breast creases
  • The breasts are lifted and reshaped, and the areolas are repositioned to align with the new breast shape. In some cases, the areola size may be reduced.
  • Excess skin is removed to eliminate sagging, and the remaining skin is tightened around the new reshaped breast, and the incision is closed with sutures.

What Does Breast Lift Surgery Recovery Look Like?

Following the breast lift surgery, expect your breasts to remain swollen and bruised for approximately two weeks. 

It’s common to experience pain and soreness around the incision areas, which may appear red or pink for a few months. 

Additionally, numbness in the nipples and breast skin can persist for about six weeks.

  • Pain medications will be prescribed to relieve the pain. 
  • You can use ice on your breasts to reduce swelling and soreness.
  • Wear a surgical or non-wire bra for two to three weeks after surgery.
  • You need to sleep on your back with support from pillows to keep your chest elevated.
  • Avoid strenuous exercises for two to four weeks post-surgery.

What Potential Risks are Linked to Breast Lift Surgery?

Breast lift surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries certain potential risks:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Accumulation of blood or fluid in the breasts, which may need to be drained
  • Scarring
  • Poor healing of incisions
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation
  • Uneven shape or size of the breasts
  • Blood clots
  • Need for another surgery
  • Trouble breastfeeding

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What Results to Expect From a Breast Lift Surgery?

Outcomes from breast lift surgery are immediately noticeable. Post-surgical swelling and incision lines will disappear with time. As you heal from surgery, your satisfaction with your new image should rise.

The complete outcomes of your breast lift will be visible in the coming months as the breasts stabilize.

Incision lines are permanent, but they will diminish with time. Your breast lift surgery will produce long-term results. 

Because of aging and gravity, your breasts may fluctuate over time. You’ll be able to keep your new look longer if you keep your weight stable and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Why Choose Dr. Juan Carlos for Your Breast Lift Surgery?

Dr. Juan Carlos is a board-certified, experienced plastic surgeon in Dubai. He specializes in breast lift surgeries and assists his patients in recovering from the treatment thoroughly. 

He has extensive knowledge in performing various body cosmetic surgeries and is actively involved in breast surgery research to ensure that women get more satisfying results in the future.