After childbirth or weight loss (or as part of the ageing process), the skin around the breast loses its elasticity and volume, causing the breast to droop. The aim of a breast lift is to make the breasts shapely with a youthful and perky appearance, while repositioning the nipple to its former height.
There are many different techniques when it comes to a breast lift, but it is certainly not an operation where one size fits all. Dr Maresky will provide each patient with an individual approach to try and achieve the best possible results.
A breast lift is performed to restore firmness and a more aesthetically pleasing shape in breasts that are sagging. This improves the appearance of the patient, not only be restoring her youthful, feminine proportions, but also by making bras and swimsuits fit more comfortably and attractively.
Most women opt for a breast lift after pregnancy and breastfeeding, as these factors can cause some unwelcome changes to the breasts, often leaving it stretched and saggy. A breast lift – done with or without implants – can undo these changes. Other reasons why women opt for breast lifts is to improve the breast contours after significant weight loss, as losing weight often causes the breast to lose volume, as well as to simply enjoy a beautiful perky breast shape.
By removing excess, stretched out skin, reshaping the breast tissue and raising the nipple & areola into a more forward position, a cosmetic surgeon can create a more youthful breast contour. Stretched, large areolae can also be reduced during breast lift surgery, creating an overall better proportioned, natural looking breast.
It is important to avoid consuming any tablets containing Aspirin (such as Dispirin) for two weeks before and after the surgery, as Aspirin thins the blood and has an adverse effect on bruising. If you are a smoker, it is imperative that you stop smoking for four weeks before surgery and two weeks after, to avoid restricting the circulation of the skin. This applies to all nicotine products, including inhalers, patches and nicotine chewing gum.
Also, ensure that you arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery, as you will be unable to drive yourself.
Am I a candidate for a breast lift?
Not everyone can have a breast lift. Suitability is determined by a thorough analysis of your medical history, as well as a thorough clinical consultation. You will need to be in good health before a breast lift is considered. If you are a suitable candidate, Dr Maresky will educate you about the particular type of techniques that best addresses your concerns.
What are the benefits of a breast lift?
A breast lift improves the appearance, contour and shape of the breasts. This procedure is very successful at increasing the patients’ confidence and self-esteem.
Will the scars be visible?
There is always a circular scar around the nipple and a second vertical scar running from the lowest point of the nipple to the fold beneath the breast. In most techniques there is also a horizontal scar in the fold beneath the breasts. The horizontal scar can usually be kept quite short, but its length does vary depending on the original size of the breasts. These scars will take up to a year to complete its maturation process, but will start to heal after two weeks following surgery.
Is the procedure painful?
This procedure is usually not very painful. While in hospital, strong painkillers can be given to keep you comfortable. We will give you tablets to take when you go home to keep you comfortable.
How long does it take to recover from the procedure?
You should wear a firm sports bra for six weeks after surgery. Depending on your job you can usually return to work for light duties after two weeks. By six weeks you should be able to return to full activities including sport.
When will I notice the results?
You will notice an immediate change after a breast lift. However, there will be some bruising and swelling which may last several weeks.