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Breast Lift

Women who are generally satisfied with their breast size but unhappy with the breasts lack of firmness, or the fact that the nipples point to the floor. This is due to a loss of the skins' elasticity, caused by weight loss, pregnancy, breast-feeding or just the passage of time.

To elevate and reshape sagging breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning the nipples. The breast lift will restore a more youthful appearance. There are cases where the breasts develop into different sizes, sometimes quite markedly different and in these instances an implant, often on one side only, is inserted in conjunction with a breast lift to increase the size and help restore the breast to its normal position.

The incisions for a breast lift vary according to three different techniques; the "inverted T," is one incision around the nipple, one in the fold below the breast and a third vertical incision joining them. The second is the "vertical" technique with two incisions, one around the nipple and a vertical one. The third is called "periareolar" and uses only an incision around the nipple. The choice of the appropriate technique varies according the type of breast and the desired shape. More incisions usually mean a better shape can be achieved and this should be discussed during the consultation.

1 to 3 hours

Local with sedation, or general anesthesia as required for each case.

Usually scheduled as an outpatient procedure but can include an overnight stay depending on the patient.

Temporary pain is treated with analgesics. Swelling, tenderness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, and tiredness, some, or all of these can last up to several weeks. Small drains, removed after a few days, are used to help avoid the accumulation of fluids in the abdominal wall. Dressings are applied and will be changed every other day for the first two weeks. You may be required to wear a girdle for 20 to 30 days. Stitches will be removed in stages over a period of one or two weeks.

Back to work: in 1 to 2 weeks. Strenuous activities can usually be resumed after 1 month, and the fading of scars can take from several months to a year.
Side Effects:
Temporary bruising, swelling, discomfort, numbness, dry breast skin, bad scaring.

Can include a collection of liquid (seroma) in the operated area that will have to be drained. Blood clots. Infection. Bleeding under the skin flap. Delayed healing or poor healing resulting in visible scarring or skin loss and the possibility of wide scars (keloids) in patients with a tendency. Unevenly positioned nipples. Temporary or permanent loss of feeling in nipples or breast. The need for a second procedure.

During the computer consultation, the desired breast shape and size will be decided with the surgeon. The nipples and areolas will be virtually repositioned and the necessary incisions will be informed. There is no age limit to perform a breast lift once development has stopped.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding may affect and change the size and shape of the breast. Some women will undergo breast lift surgery before having children, having decided that they will enjoy their adult lives with the new breasts and address any changes later. Gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight changes will cause the breast to change shape. Breast lift surgery will not interfere with the ability to breast-feed if the milk ducts are left intact