Breast Lift Q&As
What is a breast lift?
A breast lift, or mastopexy, raises sagging breasts by removing excess tissue while repositioning the nipple and areola. This procedure can be combined with a breast reduction or with breast implants to restore lost volume.
A breast lift is usually done to reduce sagging that is caused by aging, pregnancy, breast feeding etc. It is designed to improve the shape and positioning of the breast.
What happens in a consultation for a breast uplift?
During your consultation, your surgeon will examine, measure, and photograph your breasts. Then they will discuss your options, recommend a treatment plan, review risks, and give you an idea of the results you can expect.
We will also go over your medical history and the results you can expect from the treatment. If you would like to see some results from other patients we have that available also, just be aware each case is different. When you are satisfied and know all you need to know we will book you date for your surgery.
What do I expect after my surgery?
Right after your surgery, your breasts will be wrapped in gauze bandages and supported by a surgical bra. You also may have small drains to prevent fluid build-up. Your surgeon will likely suggest you continue wearing the support bra for three weeks before transitioning to a sports bra for the next three months.
Your breasts will be bruised and swollen for the first few weeks, and they’ll probably feel heavy and tight. Swelling will peak around day two or three, then progressively go away. Pain medication will be prescribed for the first few days, just in case you need it.
How long can I expect my results to last?
Surgery is always a permanent option, but you always have to add in to it someone’s lifestyle. Factors like pregnancy, breast feeding, sunshine, smoking, unhealthy diet these all can have an affect the body’s composition.
Can I have a breast lift and implant at the same time?
Yes a breast lift and implant can be performed as a one-stage procedure although there are some size limitations. A consultation will help you decide on the pros and cons of a one-stage breast lift and implant.
When can I exercise after my Breast Lift?
You must wait six weeks post op to do any weightlifting or strenuous activity, you can go on a walk a few weeks after but not a run until six weeks. Each person’s healing process is different so with some people it may be long and some shorter, but these are the guidelines that we recommend you stick to.
When can I drive after my Breast Lift?
Driving is an insurance related question and if you can perform an emergency stop then you are able to drive. The extent of surgery will ultimately determine your recovery. Presuming all your wounds are healing satisfactorily most patients are able to drive after this – although this is variable depending on the individual.
Will Breast Lift Surgery Leave Scars?
All breast lift surgeries will leave scars. These scars may be very minor and hidden in the areola or more significant ones that extend on the breast or in the crease under the breast. In general, trying to avoid incisions in breast lift when they are necessary will lead to an unsatisfactory result due to persistent sagging. Incisions are permanent but scars are very variable and will fade over time. If you are concerned about scarring, ensure that you bring it up during your consultation.
Can I breast feed after a breast lift?
We advise you wait until you have had your children before going ahead with a breast lift surgery, pregnancy and weight gain can reverse the results. A breast lift is likely to affect the ability to breast feed so if planning to have more children we suggest to wait before you go ahead with the surgery.