There are many reasons that a woman might consider undergoing breast surgery including loss of breast volume after weight loss, childbirth & breastfeeding, or simply due to genetics or the effects of aging.
One of the most popular surgical procedures on the market today is a breast lift. In this article, we will discuss the breast lift procedure and its main effects, so you can decide if getting a breast lift might be a good option for you.
What is a Breast Lift?
While many women will opt for breast augmentation to increase or change the size and shape of their breasts by using breast implants, there are a growing number of women opting for a breast lift instead.
A breast lift surgery is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon and does not involve the use of a breast implant. Instead, the surgeon will manipulate the breast tissue in order to reshape, lift, and tighten the breast, thereby improving the overall look and shape of the breast.
The end result of a breast lift is a more youthful-looking breast with a natural contour. Women who undergo a breast lift will notice the correction of asymmetry as well as an improvement in any sagging or drooping.
Breast Lift with Breast Reduction
Breast lifts can be performed as a standalone procedure, however, lots of women who undergo a breast reduction to reduce their breast size, will also have a breast lift at the same time in order to correct the shape of the breast as well as the placement of the nipple.
Breast Lifting Procedure
At your initial consultation, Dr Quoc Lam will thoroughly cover everything you need to know about the breast lift operation and your expected results as well as all of the recovery elements and any potential side effects.
The team can also help with any advice regarding payments and check if your health fund will be able to cover some of the cost. Once it has been determined that you are a suitable candidate for a breast lift, you can be scheduled for the operation.
The breast lift surgery will take approximately 2-3 hours, and involves the surgeon making incisions in one of three possible places:
- Around the areola (nipples)
- Horizontally along the breast creases (under the breast)
- Extending vertically down from the areolae and under the breast (‘anchor’ incision)
Dr Quoc Lam will remove any excess skin and shift the positioning of the nipple to a higher and more youthful position before closing the incision with stitches and surgical tape.
The nipple itself is kept alive during the procedure meaning that you can still breastfeed after having a breast lift, and most nipple sensation should also return after 6-12 weeks after surgery as the nerves which were stretched during the surgery, begin to repair themselves.
Breast Lift Recovery
As with any cosmetic surgery, there is some recovery time required post-surgery. With a breast lift, you can expect some bruising and swelling for around two weeks after the procedure. You can also expect numbness around the nipple, areolae, and breast tissue for about six weeks although this can vary depending on the individual.
Dr Quoc Lam and his team will advise you of everything you need to know about your plastic surgery recovery, but you should avoid any physical exercise including heavy lifting for at least a couple of weeks.
Stitches will either be dissolvable or you will need to have them removed by Dr Lam at an appropriate time after your surgery, usually within two weeks after surgery. You may also have drainage tubes placed at the incision site to remove any excess fluid – these will normally be removed after a few days.
Lastly, you will be expected to wear a special support bra for a few days to a week after surgery – talk to Dr Lam and his team about all of the recovery aspects of breast surgery to find out more.
Breast Lift Adelaide
If you are looking to turn back the hands of time and restore your breasts to a more youthful, perky appearance and want to find out more about our breast lift procedure, book a consultation by contacting us today.