What is a Breast Lift?

Are you looking to restore your youthful silhouette? Pregnancy, breastfeeding and growing older can take a toll on the position of breasts that now sag and droop. Not only can these breast changes have a marked impact on the way that you see yourself in the mirror, but they can have a negative impact on your self-confidence levels.

A breast lift can help to restore youthful contours to breasts that have been subjected to some changes over the years. But just what is a breast lift? What is the recovery like? Are there any potential complications to be aware of?

Understanding the breast lift procedure
The breast lift procedure is quite often combined with the breast reduction and the augmentation procedures. It can also be a stand-alone procedure for women who are looking to simply lift and restore their breasts, rejuvenating your shape and profile with a youthful and uplifted appearance.

The lift procedure reduces excess skin from the breast so that the breast and nipple can be repositioned to a more youthful placement on the chest, whilst using your own tissue to create volume.

The exact technique that will be used for your breast lift will be based upon the personal preferences of your surgeon, and will also depend largely on a number of factors that are unique to you and your breasts. Whilst the procedure is relatively uncomplicated, the length of time required will be based on your specific requirements.

What happens during the breast lift surgery?
On the day of your surgery you’ll be made comfortable, and your Surgeon will meet with you before the procedure, often in the holding bay in Theatre, to do final markings and confirm exactly what you are wanting to achieve with the surgery.
You will require a general anaesthetic, and you will already have had a discussion with the Anaesthetist prior to your admission about what to expect, and post operative pain management

Your surgeon will make the incisions that will allow for the lifting and reshaping of the breast contour. The nipple and areola are quite often repositioned to a much more youthful level. The areolas may be reduced if they are enlarged. Any excess skin will be removed so that firmness can be restored, using your own breast tissue.

The incisions will be closed, and you’ll be sent to the recovery room. While it’s not possible to avoid scarring, your plastic surgeon will ensure that your incisions result in the smallest of scars.

What postoperative complications are possible?
The breast lift procedure is considered to be almost routine for talented plastic surgeons, but it is still a major surgical procedure that will require rest and recovery. There are a number of potential complications to be aware of, as you make the decision to undergo this cosmetic surgery.

Some of these potential complications may include the following.

  • Risks related to the anaesthesia
  • Formation of a haematoma
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection and slow incision healing
  • Numbness in the nipples
  • Accumulation of fluid
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Potential for needing revision surgery

Be sure to follow all of the instructions provided to you by your surgeon, both preoperative and postoperative care instructions. This will help to ensure that you are able to recovery at the right pace, while also reducing your potential for developing some of the more serious complications.
Your surgeon is supported by an experienced nursing team that will assist and support you through the postoperative period.

The decision to undergo any surgical procedure should not be one that you make lightly. Consider all of the potential risks associated with this type of surgery and weigh them against the benefits that can come from restoring your self-esteem and your beautiful youthful silhouette. Most importantly, you must feel comfortable with your surgeon, and the information you have been given.