Procedure: 1-3 hours in surgery. The incision usually begins above the areola, where the nipple is to be placed, and extends below the breast in an anchor shape, where stretched skin is removed. Implants, if desired, are placed under the breast tissue or under the pectoral muscle next to the chest wall. Click here for procedural renderings.
Anesthesia: Usually general anesthesia; sometimes sedation with local anesthesia.
Length of Stay: Plan to spend about half the day at the Cosmetic Surgery Center.
What to Expect: Oral medications relieve the initial discomfort of swelling and tenderness. You’ll wear a surgical bra over gauze around the clock for a few days. The next healing stage will require a light support bra over gauze. Absorbable sutures are used.
Resuming Activities: Light activity, including non-strenuous work, may be resumed after about a week. Numbness will diminish as swelling subsides over the next six weeks. Heavy lifting, vigorous exercise and intimate contact may resume in 4-6 weeks. Incisions will continue to flatten and fade for up to a year. A breast lift does not usually interfere with breastfeeding.
Duration of results: Varies, as breast sagging is affected by pregnancy, weight fluctuations and aging. Improved results may be achieved with the insertion of breast implants as part of the procedure.
Risks: Thick scars, skin loss, infection, loss of feeling in breasts or nipples. All surgeries carry risks associated with anesthesia.
Source: The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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