Breast lift, or mastopexy, is a cosmetic surgery to lift the breasts. Surgery may also involve changing the position of the areola and nipple.
Breast augmentation surgery can be done in an outpatient surgery clinic or in a hospital. You will probably receive general anesthesia. This is a medication that will keep you asleep and without pain. You can also receive medication to help you relax and local anesthesia to numb the area around the breasts in order to block the pain.
In this case, you will be awake but you will not feel pain. The surgeon will make 1 to 3 surgical incisions in the breasts. Additional skin will be removed and the nipple and areola may be repositioned. Women sometimes have breast augmentation (enlargement with implants) when they have a breast lift.
Why the procedure is performed
Breast augmentation is an operation that you decide to do. You do not need it for health reasons.
Women usually undergo mastopexy to lift sagging, sagging breasts. Pregnancy, breastfeeding and normal aging can lead to a woman having stretched skin and smaller breasts.
You should probably wait for a breast lift if you are:
- Planning to lose weight.
- Pregnant or still breastfeeding a child
- Planning to have more children
Talk to a plastic surgeon if you are considering breast augmentation. Discuss how you hope to look and feel better. Keep in mind that the desired outcome is improvement, not perfection.
The risks of anesthesia and surgery in general are:
- Drug Reactions
- Respiratory problems
- Bleeding , blood clots, or infection
The risks of breast surgery are:
- Inability to breast-feed a baby after surgery
- Large scars that take a long time to heal
- Loss of sensation around the nipples
- One breast that is bigger than the other (asymmetry of the breasts)
- Uneven position of the nipples.
The emotional risks of surgery may include feeling that the breasts do not look perfect. Or you may be disappointed with people’s reactions to your “new” breasts.
Tell your surgeon or nurse:
- If you are or could be pregnant
- What medications are you taking, including drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.
One or two weeks before surgery:
- You may need a mammogram. The plastic surgeon will do a routine breast exam.
- You may be asked to stop taking anticoagulant medications. These include acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), warfarin (Coumadin) and others.
- Ask the surgeon what drugs to take even on the day of surgery.
- If you smoke, try to quit. Smoking increases the risk of problems such as slow recovery. Ask the health care provider to help you quit.
After the Procedure
A dressing (bandage) of gauze wrapped around the breasts and chest will be placed. Or wear a surgical bra or bra. Use the surgical bra or a soft support bra for as long as the surgeon instructs you. This will probably be for several weeks.
Drainage tubes may be left attached to the breasts. These will be removed after a few days.
The pain should decrease in a few weeks. Take painkillers to control it. Be sure to take the medicine with food and enough water. DO NOT apply ice or heat to your breasts unless your doctor tells you that it is OK to do so.