A breast lift procedure, also known as a mastopexy, lifts and firms the breasts by removing any of the extra skin and tightening and repositioning the tissue to uplift and enhance the breasts contour. This can help a woman feel much younger if their breasts have started to sag as they have become older. This procedure can also be used to make the areolas smaller if they have become larger over the years.
A breast lift does not change the size of your breasts so if you are looking for larger or smaller breasts then you need to also opt for a breast augmentation or a breast reduction.
Breast lift surgery is chosen by women who:
- think that their breasts sag, or have lost substance or firmness
- have breasts that are pendulous or which have a flatter, elongated shape
- have nipples that point downward or fall below the breast crease when the breast is unsupported
- have stretched skin and/or enlarged areolas
- have breasts that are not symmetrical (one breast lower than the other)
If you are considering a breast lift then you really should be a non smoker is in good health at a good weight. A mastopexy can be performed at any time in a woman’s life; most surgeons won’t perform this kind of surgery on a teenager as it’s important to wait until breast development has stopped.
You might also want to wait until you have finished having children and breastfeeding as breasts can change shape quite dramatically during that time in your life.
Once you decide that you really want to go ahead with a breast lift, then your surgeon will go over in more detail what else you need to do before surgery. You will have to provide your whole family and medical history. You will have to undergo a few pre-op lab tests and you might have to stop some of your regular medications such as aspirin and any anti-inflammatory drugs.
The procedure is fairly common these days so there should not be any complications. You will be in the hospital for a day at least and you will need someone to drive you home after the procedure and it’s a good idea to have them stay with you for a few days afterwards.
You will not be able to engage in any strenuous activities for a few weeks. And you should stay away from exercise for up to a month. After that time you can continue with your normal life but need to be careful and gentle with your breasts for a few more weeks as well.
If you have any pain or discomfort you need to get in touch with your surgeon as soon as possible. But other than that, in a few more weeks you will be back to normal and feeling great. You will notice that you are standing straighter and your self confidence will soar as you start to feel better about your body every day! And what a great feeling that will be!