If we had to make a list of the most common plastic surgery procedures the team at Cairns Plastic Surgery (or any plastic surgeon, really) carry out, breast lift surgery would definitely be in the top 5.
With 71% of women expressing some form of dissatisfaction with their breasts, it’s little wonder that breast surgery – including breast lifts – are such a popular procedure.
And as one of the more popular procedures, we also field a lot of questions from dissatisfied women who are interested in breast lift surgery.
And that’s why we’ve taken the time out to answer some of the more common breast lift FAQs!
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Common breast lift FAQs – get the answers you need now!
Also known as a mastopexy, a breast lift focuses on improving the appearance of your breasts, correcting issues like sagging, stretching and volume loss.
There are many reasons you might opt for a breast lift:
- Following breastfeeding, your breasts are a different shape
- Age might have caused your breasts to sag
- There might be leftover loose skin following significant weight loss
Whatever the reason however, the end result is the same: a more shapely, lifted, and youthful contour.
The procedure itself involves removing loose skin and excess tissue, then tightening up the result to give your breasts a more youthful and perky look.
Of course, as with any other type of plastic surgery procedure, it’s important that you know what you’re getting into before you go “under the knife”, so to speak.
1) Am I the right candidate for breast lift surgery?
Along with breast implants and breast reduction, breast lift surgery is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. And it might be right for you!
In some cases however, following a consultation with your surgeon, you might learn that breast lift surgery might not, in fact, be the right procedure for you.
For example, if you are still breastfeeding or plan on having children in the future, breast lift surgery is often not recommended, as there’s a small chance it can affect your ability to breastfeed.
More importantly however, having another child can completely reverse the effects of breast lift surgery – which is why this procedure is best for those who have finished having children, or do not wish to have children.
That’s just one of the factors that can influence whether or not breast lift surgery is the right call for you.
Only an appointment with a plastic surgeon in Cairns (or wherever you live) can tell you once and for all whether you’re a suitable candidate for breast lift surgery.
2) Do you have to wear a bra after breast lift surgery?
Yes… and not just any type of bra, either!
A good bra that provides support and comfort is important. Following breast lift surgery however, it goes from important to critical.
After a mastopexy, you’ll have to wear a surgical support bra for the first 3 to 4 days, before transitioning into a soft support bra.
Following surgery, the right bra can make all the difference.
It provides your breasts with support, reduces discomfort, and helps ensure your breasts maintain their shape while you heal from your procedure.
FAQ #3: How soon after a breast lift can I exercise?
Healing takes time – it could take a while for you to be cleared to engage in physical activities – and not just exercise! This can include things such as walking, driving, doing the groceries, light walking, or even your return to work.
The exact length will change from person to person – as a general rule however, you’ll want to take a couple of weeks off all kinds of exercise.
You need to first ask for clearance and guidance from your surgeon during the recovery stage.
They’ll evaluate your healing and tell you when it’s okay to start with light and low-impact body exercises that aren’t as physically straining – and the transition will be gradual.
It’s important to ensure you take your time and give your body adequate time to heal.
FAQ #4: How do you prepare for a breast lift?
To ensure success in your breast lift surgery, you need to prepare.
And when we say preparation, we’re talking about things like:
- Choosing the right plastic surgeon
- Arranging help for after the surgery
- Eating a healthy, nutritious, and balanced
- Avoiding alcohol and any kind of tobacco products
- Avoid taking any anti-inflammatory and pain relievers as it may cause further bleeding
It takes a little bit of prep work, but by taking these precautionary steps, you may be able to speed up your recovery and minimise the chances of complications.
FAQ #5: Can I get a breast lift without implants?
Breast lift and breast implant are two completely different surgeries – while many women complement them with each other, in your case you might only need one or the other.
As we mentioned, breast lift removes excess skin, reshapes the breast and repositions the nipples with the goal of lifting the breasts from sagging. By contrast, breast augmentation often increases the size of the breast with special implants.
Both have the same goal – however, you might only need one to get the result you want.
FAQ #6: Do I need a breast lift after reduction?
Depending on your goals, you might decide that a breast reduction is just what you need.
Perhaps large breasts are contributing to back problems, or they make you feel self-conscious.
Of course, this can come with side-effects – namely, it can leave behind a lot of lost skin and excess tissue. In these cases, it might be advised that a breast reduction is followed by a lift.
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