Breast lift, otherwise known by its official title of mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that repositions the nipple higher on the chest wall to create more pleasing contours. For many women, their breasts begin to sag with age while others have always been plagued by breasts that appear droopy and sit lower on the chest wall. A breast lift surgery can correct this and restore the breasts to a more youthful position.
Who is a good candidate for this surgery?
Candidates for breast lift surgery must be non-smokers who are in general good health. If you are a smoker, your doctor will ask that you cease smoking at least two weeks prior to your procedure. Since smoking can greatly disrupt the body’s natural healing process, you will also need to remain smoke free in the weeks that follow your surgery to ensure that you’re able to heal properly.
Those who have breasts that sag, have lost volume or have nipples that have shifted or stretched, are ideal candidates for a breast lift. However, for optimal results you must have some minor skin elasticity in the area otherwise your newly lifted breasts will not appear natural. You must also be at a stable weight and not suffer from blood or autoimmune disorders. Finally, your surgeon will evaluate your medical history, skin and tissues in the area to determine if you are the right candidate for a breast lift.
What does the recovery from this procedure involve?
Some swelling and slight bruising is likely to occur after a breast lift procedure. This will clear up in time and shouldn’t be a cause for concern. Your doctor will prescribe painkillers and antibiotics (if applicable). You must only take medications that are okayed by your doctor and take a few days to rest after your breast lift. Most people are able to return to work after 4-5 days and can do some light lower body exercises after a week or two. Wait at least six weeks before returning to your regular full body exercise routine.
In terms of sleeping, you may find it uncomfortable to sleep on your side or stomach. You should sleep on your back or in a sitting/reclined position propped up on pillows until the post-breast lift swelling/bruising subsides. Additionally, you may have trouble lifting your arms without pain in the days following your procedure making activities like hair washing difficult.
What to look for in a breast lift surgeon
The Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS) is the only recognized body of surgeons in the country. Your surgeon must be board-certified and recognized by CSAPS and adhere to their ethical and professional standards. Along with their certification, you must find a surgeon that you trust. It’s important that you feel comfortable with your surgeon and allow them to take the time to explain the breast lift procedure to you in detail. The level of expertise is also an important factor in finding the right surgeon.
Here are three questions you can ask potential surgeons to determine how much experience they have performing breast lifts:
How long and where did you do your surgical training?
How many breast lifts have you done?
How long have you been a practicing surgeon?
How is the surgery performed?
During a breast lift procedure you will be put under general anesthesia to ensure that you are comfortable and do not feel a thing. Next, your surgeon will create small incisions in your breast. Then your surgeon will remove any excess skin or tissue. Liposuction may also be done to remove extra fat pockets from the area. Finally, the nipples will be repositioned and excess skin will be taken away from the outside of the areolas if needed.