Breast lift procedures employ various incision patterns, chosen based on your individual correction needs and potential combination surgeries. The common incision approaches are as follows:
- • Traditional Method: Involves three incisions around the areola, vertically from the breast crease, and horizontally along the crease. Suitable for significant sagging and combined with breast reduction.
- • Vertical Incision: Utilized for moderate sagging, this involves incisions around the areola and vertically to the breast crease.
- • Areola Incision: Appropriate for mild sagging coupled with breast augmentation, this incision is placed solely around the areola.
The procedure entails shifting the nipple and areola to a higher position, while lifting the underlying tissue for a more youthful contour. Excess skin is removed, and if the areola is enlarged, it’s resized. Closure involves deep sutures to support the new breast shape.
Surgery typically takes 2 to 3 hours, often under general anesthesia. However, intravenous sedation and local anesthesia may be employed at your surgeon’s discretion.
Post-surgery, drainage tubes may be placed on incisions, and breasts will be wrapped with gauze bandages and a compression garment bra for support. Pain is manageable with prescribed painkillers. Showering can usually resume within 3-7 days, while walking is encouraged to prevent blood clot formation. Strenuous activities should be avoided for 4-6 weeks.
Over time, incision lines fade, though the final appearance of scars varies based on factors like age and genetics.
Possible complications are infrequent and might include fluid retention, infection, anesthesia reactions, pigmentation changes, or temporary skin numbness. Breast lift-specific complications encompass changes in nipple or breast sensation, contour irregularities, breast asymmetry, and unfavorable keloid scarring.
As with any surgical procedure, careful consultation with your surgeon, understanding your options, and realistic expectations are key to a successful breast lift journey.