A breast lift is usually an outpatient procedure. You should plan to have someone drive you home and stay with you for the first night. Breast lift procedures are performed at an accredited plastic surgeon’s outpatient surgical facility, hospital, or outpatient surgery center. It may be performed with general anesthesia or IV sedation.
A pre-determined incision pattern will be used. The design of this pattern, location and length of the resultant incision are related to the location and amount of excess skin present on the breast. Your breast tissue will be lifted and reshaped. Next, the nipple and areola are repositioned. Excess skin is removed, enlarged areolas may be reduced, breast tissue may be removed, or breast implants may be inserted. Deep layered sutures are used to create internal support.
At the end of the procedure, temporary drainage tubes may be inserted to remove excess fluid. The incisions in the skin are closed with stitches, tape, or surgical adhesive. The area is gently wrapped with bandages.
You will receive medication for post procedure pain and specific instructions for wound care. After a few days, you will wear a surgical support bra or elastic bandage to support your breasts. Your stitches will be removed at a follow-up appointment. You should not smoke cigarettes for several weeks before and after your procedure as this may affect your results, scarring, and loss of dead skin. Your doctor will gradually increase your activity level. It may take time for swelling to resolve and several months for incision lines to fade.
The results of your procedure are immediately visible. You can help maintain your rejuvenated new look by maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. You should continue to receive regular mammogram screenings, but be sure to inform the provider that you have received a breast lift.