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Breast Lift

change and modify the size, contour, and elevation of the sagging breasts.

What is breast lift?

Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman's breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. Breastlift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts.

Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. If your breasts are small or have lost volume, breast implants inserted in conjunction with mastopexy can increase both their firmness and their size.

The best candidates for breast lift

The best candidates for mastopexy are healthy, emotionally-stable women who are realistic about what the surgery can accomplish. However, if you're planning to have more children, it may be a good idea to postpone your breast lift.

Planning your surgery

In your initial consultation, you will be evaluated for your general health status. The surgeon will examine your breasts and discuss the variables that may affect the procedure, such as your age, the size and shape of your breasts, and the condition of your skin--and whether an implant is advisable.

Depending on your age and family history, your surgeon may require you to have a mammogram (breast x-ray) before surgery.

Where will the surgery be performed

It will be performed by your doctor at Jaju Plastic Surgery Center. This center is well equipped to undertake any kind of major surgical and anaesthetic procedure and ensures the highest degree of safety.

What kind of anesthesia is used for the procedure...

General anesthesia delivered by certified anesthesiologists is the preferred method of achieving adequate sedation and pain control.

The surgery

Mastopexy usually takes one and a half to three hours. The most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision following the natural contour of the breast.

The incision outlines the area from which breast skin will be removed and defines the new location for the nipple. When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved to the higher position.

Stitches are usually located around the areola, in a vertical line extending downwards from the nipple area, and along the lower crease of the breast.

If you're having an implant inserted along with your breast lift, it will be placed in a pocket directly under the breast tissue, or deeper, under the muscle of the chest wall.

After your surgery

After surgery, you'll wear an elastic bandage or a surgical bra over gauze dressings. Your breasts will be bruised, swollen, and uncomfortable for a day or two. The stitches will be removed after a week or two. You can expect some loss of feeling in your nipples and breast skin, caused by the swelling after surgery. This numbness usually fades as the swelling subsides over the next six weeks.

Getting back to normal

Although you may be up and about in a day or two, don't plan on returning to work for a week or more and avoid lifting anything over your head for three to four weeks.

You may be instructed to avoid strenuous work or sports for about a month. If you become pregnant, the operation should not affect your ability to breast-feed, since your milk ducts and nipples will be left intact.

Complications

A breast lift is normally safe when performed by a qualified surgeon. Nevertheless, as with any surgery, there is always a possibility of complications or a reaction to the anesthesia.

Bleeding and infection are uncommon, but they can cause scars to widen. There can be a permanent loss of feeling in your breasts.

Your new look

It is important to remember that mastopexy scars are extensive and permanent. They often remain lumpy and red for months, then gradually become less obvious, sometimes eventually fading to thin white lines.

You should also keep in mind that a breast lift won't keep you firm forever--the effects of gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight fluctuations will eventually take their toll again. Women who have implants along with their breast lift may find the results last longer.

Generally health insurance policies do not cover the cost of breast augmentation, but you should check your policy to be sure

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