You may be a candidate for breast lift surgery if you have sagging breasts due to past pregnancies, genetics, or aging. You may also desire this procedure if the sagging is too great to be treated with an implant alone, or if your nipple areolar complexes (pigmented areas around nipples) are enlarged.
Breast lift plastic surgery is intended to produce an elevated, more youthful breast contour, as well as nipple areolar complexes of the desired size and at the correct height.
The breast lift procedure is done on an outpatient basis under sedation and local or general anesthesia. The design of the incisions can vary but usually include incisions around the nipple areolar complex and in the crease under the breast. The nipple areolar complex is repositioned higher, the excess skin is removed, and the breast is reshaped in a pleasing contour and in a more normal position. The insertion of an implant as well, may or may not be advisable.
The patient goes home in a bra with only light dressings over the incision lines. The bra is worn as a dressing" for 2-3 weeks. Sutures are usually completely removed within weeks. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Light activities may be started in 7-10 days.
Breast lift surgery is usually considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment. The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.
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