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Are you wondering if a breast lift is the right choice for you? Breast lifts are a great choice for those looking to help lift up a sagging bosom, or who have a different breast shape than they did prior to weight loss or pregnancy. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding breast lifts:
There will be a thorough evaluation of your breasts with measurements and photos. The doctor will test the quality of skin around the breasts, the placement of your nipples and areolas, and the breast size and shape. You will be asked several questions to get a thorough background of your medical history. You will be asked about prior surgeries, previous treatments you have received, and any allergies that you have.
There are certain criteria that make some people better suited for a breast lift than others. These include:
These are all good indicators of a patient who will benefit from having a breast lift performed.
This is a procedure that can be done at any age, but most surgeons recommend waiting until breast development is completed.
There is the possibility of complications with any surgical procedure and the breast lift is no exception to that rule. Risks include adverse reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, and infection. There may be variance with the symmetry of the breasts or the height of the nipples. In very rare occurrences the nipples and/or surrounding breast lose sensation. These risks can be greatly reduced by closely following your doctor’s instructions for preparation before the surgery and recovery afterward.
If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop at least two weeks prior to surgery and for a period afterward. Smoking can hinder your body’s ability to heal and cause serious complications during and after the procedure. If there is a history of breast cancer in your family, or if you are old enough to be at risk for the condition, you may require a pre-surgical mammogram. You will be asked about the medications you take including vitamins and supplements. After answering any questions you have, the doctor will make sure that you have somebody to drive you home and to assist you during the first few days of healing.
You should get out of bed periodically after the surgery is completed. While you will be able to move with less discomfort after a few days, you will be restricted from bending, lifting, and straining your body. You will be advised to sleep on your back for a period of time after the surgery. For a few weeks, you will need to wear a support bra or sports bra to keep your breasts confined. There may be temporary numbness or sensation problems in the breasts and nipples. Incisions start out red or pink but fade over the next few months.
You can get back to work after a week or so and after a month you will be able to take on normal daily activities. Your doctor may ask you to refrain from sexual intercourse for at least two weeks during the initial healing process. Any activity that involves moving your breasts must be gentle and slow while the tissue heals.
The results should last indefinitely, but may be affected by extreme weight gain or pregnancy. Gravity will still affect your breasts a bit over time, but only weight fluctuation will cause major changes in the breast appearance following the procedure.