Breast Lift with Augmentation
Contemplating a Breast Lift
The Breast Lift procedure is performed to achieve a tighter and better overall shape and appearance of the breasts. Depending on personal preference and desired result, a Breast Augmentation may be combined with this procedure. Most commonly, a good candidate for this procedure has one or more of the following concerns:
- Overall dissatisfaction with breast shape and tightness as well as the size and position of the areolas.
- Change in breast shape and volume after having children, a significant weight loss and/or age
- Breasts feel and appear loose and sit in a lower position than desired.
- Breasts lack firmness.
Preparing for the Procedure
During your consultation with Dr. Anton and throughout the pre-operative process, you will discuss your preference of size, shape and volume. Prior to surgery, you will be provided with instructions and exercises to help you determine what breast size you feel you will be most comfortable with. This is a personal individualized process and decision for each patient. It is based on your desired result and what is realistic for your body.
About the Procedure
This procedure takes approximately 3-4 hours under a general anesthesia. The length of the surgery depends on current breast size and if implants are used. All sutures are internal; there are no external sutures. The incision is placed around the areola and runs vertically from the bottom of the areola down the center of the breast. In some cases, an additional incision underneath the breast crease is needed in order to achieve an optimal result. Some patients also want to change the size and/or shape of their areolas, which can be done at this time.
What to expect after surgery
Most patients wake from surgery feeling groggy, tired and just wanting to rest. You will be wrapped in a compression bandage and you may feel some mild to moderate pain that is usually alleviated by prescribed pain medication. Overall, patients feel their surgery was less painful than anticipated and are able to discontinue their pain medication after 4 to 5 days.
It is typical for your breasts to feel very tight immediately after surgery. This will gradually subside during the healing process. Within one to two weeks later your implants should relax into their proper position and move freely. This process can take longer in some patients.
Most patients return to light sedentary work 4 to 5 days after surgery. Your activities will be restricted for a full two-week period including no lifting, bending or straining of any kind. You will be advised during your post-operative appointments regarding these restrictions. The healing process varies from patient to patient, and activity level is decided on an individual basis.