For years, many women have concerned themselves with the size of their breasts, too big, too small, uneven, etc. These concerns can be fixed with simple breast reduction or augmentation procedures. However, nowadays, there is a whole new set of women with a different concern approaching plastic surgeons. The concern has more to do with the altitude of their breasts rather than the amplitude. It is no longer a quest for what you never had, but rather, what you’ve lost. The desire to undo what gravity has caused often begins with noticeable sagging. Pregnancy and breastfeeding are also culprits when it comes to breasts migrating southward. Fat loss is another reason as the breast is essentially comprised of fat.
What does a breast lift do?
A breast lift, also known as mastopexy is an attempt to reverse this sagging by cutting away excess skin, redistributing the filling and restoring the natural projection of the breast.
Sometimes a doctor may perform a mastopexy alone, and in other cases it may be coupled with a breast augmentation or a reduction. The nipple is raised by making a semicircular incision along the top of the areola and pulling it upward, while remodelling the tissue through another incision that runs downwards to the base of the breast. Oftentimes, a patient may actually lose a cup size after a breast lift.
Recovery milestones and restrictions
After you have had a mastopexy, there will be a recovery period. During the first few days after the procedure, you will likely feel some mild to moderate pain. This is to be expected. This pain can be managed through prescription medication that your doctor will have likely prescribed to you. You may experience some nausea due to the anaesthesia immediately afterwards and/or for a few days after the procedure; however, this should subside without any intervention.
Many surgeons recommend that you continue to wear a surgical bra and compression bandages to protect your incisions for a few days. By day 2 or 3 you will likely be able to shower. In the interim, you should have a sponge bath.
By four weeks, you should be healed enough to resume some light exercise. Though you should avoid sports that target the chest area such as tennis or golf.
The six-week point usually marks the completion of your recovery. At this point, most of your bruising and swelling would have subsided. You may also be able to exercise without restraint (though you should speak to your doctor about this first.) You will also be able to sleep on your abdomen and be cleared to wear an underwire bra.
If you find that gravity has done a number on your breasts, a breast lift can be a great option to restore what has been lost.