Are you self-conscious about the appearance of your breasts? You will be happy to hear you are not the only one. Mastopexy (commonly known as a breast lift) is one of the most-wanted cosmetic procedures these days. Thousands of women in the US enjoy the benefits of a breast lift each year, but still, there are many myths about this procedure. This blog lists five frequently asked questions about breast lifts to clear up the most common doubts!
Why Do My Breasts Sag?
Breast sagging is a common consequence of hormonal changes, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and ageing in general. Female breasts are made of fat and ligaments, so after going through any of the changes mentioned before, no physical exercise can make your breasts look firm again. Surgical interventions like breast lifts are the only option to reverse these physical alterations and recover your body’s youthful appearance!
What Can I Expect from a Breast Lift Procedure?
A breast lift is an outpatient surgical procedure, which means that you return home the same day of the intervention. On surgery day, you’ll arrive at our facility and check in. You’ll complete some forms, dress in surgical clothing, and have a final chat with Dr. Epstein and his team about the surgical intervention and the post-op care instructions.
The procedure takes approximately two to three hours, and after surgery, you’ll spend a few hours in our recovery suite, where our nursing team will monitor you until you’re ready to go home.
Will a Breast Lift Change My Breast Size?
The size of your breast will remain the same after the procedure. Your cup might be different, so your bras may not fit perfectly after surgery, but this is only due to the change in the shape of your breasts. If you are looking for a more dramatic transformation and are unhappy with the size of your breasts, you can pair this treatment with breast augmentation or reduction surgery. Both procedures can be performed in the same surgical intervention!
What is the Recovery Like, and How Should I Prepare for It?
Although this procedure may seem the easiest way to improve your breasts’ appearance, it does require some downtime. Patients are asked to stay at home at least for 3 to 7 days after surgery. After this time, they can return to work, but it’s not until four to six weeks that breast lift patients can go back to their everyday routine, including sports and strenuous activities.
It is essential to learn what to expect after a breast lift to plan your recovery time ahead of time. It’s not too painful, and you’ll forget about it once you see the final results, but recovery time is part of the treatment, so you should respect Dr. Epstein’s indications. It is also advisable to ask a friend or family member for help with your postoperative needs.
Am I a Suitable Candidate for a Breast Lift?
Fortunately, most women are suitable candidates for this cosmetic intervention. Ideal patients are those women who:
- Are in good overall health.
- Want to improve the shape and positioning of their breasts.
- Have moderate to severe breast sagging.
- Can commit to the recovery period.
Those patients with specific health problems might need to take extra precautions, so it’s crucial to be honest and upfront with your plastic surgeon about any condition that may complicate the procedure or your overall health.
Ready to Book Your Breast Lift Surgery?
Do you still have some doubts? Please schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael A. Epstein. He will be happy to explain the procedure in detail and answer any other questions you might have!