A breast lift is a cosmetic surgery to raise and firm the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. It helps to lift sagging, loose breasts. The surgery is suitable for women who have stretched skin and decreased breast volume as a result of aging. You should not have a breast lift if you plan to lose weight or are pregnant or still nursing a child. It is important to talk with Dr. Davidson to discuss your expectations regarding breast surgery.
The surgery can be done on an outpatient basis at Dr. Davidson’s fully accredited OR or in a hospital. During the procedure, you will receive anesthesia by a board-certified anesthesiologist. Medications will be given to help you relax and local anesthesia will be applied to numb the area around the breasts and to eliminate pain and discomfort. Dr. Davidson will make 1 - 3 incisions within your breast. These incisions help to remove extra skin and reposition your nipple and areola. Since breast lift surgery does not significantly change the size of your breasts, some women will combine a breast augmentation along with a breast lift.
Before you undergo a breast lift, you must stop smoking. Those who smoke after the surgery have a higher risk for delayed wound healing, infection and scarring. Make sure Dr. Davidson is informed about:
Prior to surgery
On the day of your surgery
After having your breast lift of lift-augmentation, a bandage will be wrapped around your breasts and chest, or you might be given a surgical bra to wear. Drainage tubes may be attached to the breasts, which may be removed within a short period of time. During a follow-up visit, Dr. Davidson will check your healing, and discuss special exercises or massaging techniques.
The outcome of a breast lift is usually excellent. You may start to feel better about your appearance and self-esteem. Wearing a special supportive bra for a few weeks will assist in decreasing the swelling. The scars formed as a result of incision are permanent and remain more visible for up to a year after surgery.