Breast Lift Surgery in Jacksonville Florida
Welcome to Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery’s guide to breast lift surgery. This breast lift surgery guide also covers a few things you can to do to ensure a result you will love. This information cannot take the place of your consultation, and we can best answer any questions you have or address specific concerns about your breast lift in your private consultation.
The effects of gravity, aging, weight loss, and pregnancy leave many women with stretched skin, drooping breasts, and less volume in the upper region of their breasts. A breast lift can return your breasts to a more youthful shape and position. Improving the contour of your breasts may help you gain self-confidence, enhance your self-esteem, and expand your clothing choices. Physically healthy women with realistic goals are good candidates for this breast lift surgery procedure.
Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, is typically performed under general anesthesia and can last between two and three hours. Breast augmentation may be used in conjunction with a breast lift to improve shape and restore volume.
There are several different breast lift techniques that can be used, depending on the amount of correction desired.
If your breasts require minimal correction, the concentric or peri-areola technique may be an option for you. With this technique, donut shaped incisions are made around the areola border.
The vertical incision technique is generally performed when a more moderate breast lift is necessary. It begins similarly to the concentric technique; except that additional incisions are made that come down from both sides of the incisions around the areola border and end at the breast crease.
In some cases, where a larger degree of correction is necessary, the anchor or keyhole incision may be used. In this technique, the incisions roughly resemble an old-fashioned keyhole, circling around the areola, down the breast and across the breast crease.
With each of these techniques, once the incisions have been made excess breast tissue, skin, and fat is removed. The nipples are moved to their new higher locations, and the skin is tightened to give a new shape to your breasts. The incisions are closed using very fine stitches and then taped to help reduce scarring. You will also be fitted with a support bra or elastic bandages to help you heal and make you feel more comfortable.
Some suggestions to help you prepare for surgery.
During your consultation you should be very open: provide us with all of your medical history and list all of the medications, vitamins, and herbs you are taking (even if you don’t think they’re important). Every woman has a unique perspective on what may be the best shape for her breasts, and your goals will affect the way your breast lift is performed. It is important to discuss your desires and listen closely so that we can help you set realistic expectations.
Here are some tips that may help you reduce scarring, shorten your recovery time, and decrease your chances of complications:
- Discontinue using Aspirin or Ibuprofen (these medications act as blood thinners and could cause problems with blood clotting).
- Stop smoking for at least two weeks before and one week after surgery, as nicotine can impair circulation and healing.
- Don’t drink alcohol in excess for two weeks before your breast lift, and one week after surgery.
- Drink lots of water in the days leading up to your breast lift.
To make your breast lift surgery recovery easier and more comfortable be sure to:
- Arrange for someone to take you home and take care of you for at least the first day.
- Fill your prescriptions and place them within easy reach of where you will be resting.
- Place plenty of pillows and a bed wedge nearby so that you can keep your back elevated.
- Have several loose fitting, button-down blouses ready to wear in your new breast size.
You will also want to avoid raising your arms above shoulder level during the first few days after surgery.
You should expect some bruising, swelling, and pain for the first week or two. Stitches will come out or be absorbed on their own between a week and ten days. Swelling may linger for as long as one to two months. Pain medication will be prescribed to control the discomfort. Severe pain is not normal, and we would want to know about it immediately.
The recovery process is different for everyone, but within a day of your breast lift, you should be up and walking around. You may shower on the second or third day following surgery. For the first week you should plan on being out of work and away from your usual activities. Over the next two or three weeks your breasts may be very sensitive and strenuous physical activities should be limited. You will need to wear a support bra for about one month. Following this period, you may gradually return to activities such as lifting and exercise.
While there will be permanent scars, they will be well hidden when you’re wearing clothing, even when you’re wearing a swimsuit in most cases. Though the scars may be red and raised for several weeks or months, they typically fade with time. It is important to understand that, though a breast lift can make your breasts much more youthful in appearance, the procedure does not stop the continued effects of gravity and aging. It is likely there will be some reoccurrence of sagging with time and touch-up procedures may be required to maintain a youthful look.
Feel free to review any part of this guide you like, and be sure to take a look at our before and after photos to get a better idea of the results you may achieve. If you have any remaining questions or are ready to schedule your breast lift consultation, give us a call, we’ll be waiting to help.
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