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If You Have Sagging Breasts Then A Breast Lift Might Be The Answer

Nov 8, 2007
You may be a candidate for breast lift surgery if you have sagging breasts due to past pregnancies, genetics, or aging. You may also desire a mastopexy if breast sagging is too great to be treated with an implant alone. The procedure may also be helpful if your nipple-areolar complexes (pigmented areas around nipples) are enlarged.

Breast lift (mastopexy) is intended to give the patient an elevated, more youthful breast contour, as well as nipple-areolar complexes of the desired size and at the correct height.

Breast lift is usually done on an outpatient basis under sedation and local or general anesthesia. The design of the incisions can vary but usually include incisions around the nipple-areolar complex and in the crease under the breast. The nipple-areolar complex is repositioned higher, the excess skin is removed, and the breast is reshaped in a pleasing contour and in a more normal position. The insertion of an implant as well, may or may not be advisable.

The patient goes home with only light dressings over the incision lines. Sutures are usually completely removed within 7-10 days. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Light activities may be started in 7-10 days.

Additional procedures which may enhance the result are a small Breast Reduction or Breast Enlargement.

This procedure is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment. The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.

After surgery you will wear an elastic bandage or a surgical bra over gauze dressings. Your breasts will be bruised, swollen for a day or two. Pain will not be severe, which will be relived with medications. The stitches will be removed after a week or two. If the breast skin is dry, use moisturizer several times a day. The numbness you feel in that area usually fades as the swelling subsides over the next six weeks or so.

Healing is a gradual process. Take it easy for a week or two. Lifting weight for three or four weeks should be avoided. Avoid strenuous sports for about a month. This operation will not affect your ability to breast feed, since your milk duets and nipples will e left intact. You should remember that a breast lift won't keep you firm forever. The effects of gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight fluctuations will eventfully take their toll again.
About the Author
Dave Stringham is the President of LookingYourBest.com an online resource for plastic surgery in Los Angeles. Learn more about breast augmentation and cosmetic surgery procedures.
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