Breast lift surgery is a procedure that thousands of women in the US undergo each year, in an effort to restore youthful-looking cleavage. A breast lift is done to raise and reshape droopy breasts, which are often the result of aging, breast-feeding, pregnancy, and weight loss. The procedure is generally fast, but there are particular steps you need to take when preparing for breast lift surgery. These are described below.
Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. It is typically done under general anesthesia, and can take 1 to 3 hours to complete.
Prior to the operation, you should discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon. Patients should have realistic expectations, and be very clear about what a breast lift can achieve. This is important, as some women also want to increase breast size, which requires the use of breast implants.
However, the plastic surgeons of South Coast Plastic Surgey has developed a technique that allows him to perform a breast lift and increase breast size, without using breast implants. You can set up a consultation with Dr. Kyle Song or Dr. David Dorfman to find out more about this procedure.
Women preparing for breast lift surgery are generally advised to:
- Avoid medications, especially those such as Aspirin and Advil that can thin the blood, and lead to excessive bleeding. You should let your doctor know all the medication you are taking, and this includes supplements, herbal remedies, and vitamins.
- Avoid smoking. Patients who smoke are advised to refrain from doing so for up to 2 weeks prior to surgery. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps to speed up healing.
- Avoid losing weight. Patients should be in overall good health, and should also be at a healthy weight. Weight loss is not recommended when you are preparing for breast lift surgery.