What is a breast lift?
Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour.
What You Should Know Before a Breast Lift Surgery
The success and safety of your breast lift procedure depends very much on your being completely candid during your consultation. By being actively involved your consultation about breast lifts, problems, concerns and questions you may have can be addressed by your Surgeon. You'll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.Be prepared to discuss:
- · Why you want breast lift surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
- · Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
- · Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
- · Previous surgeries
- · Family history of breast cancer and results of any mammograms or previous biopsies
- · Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- · Examine your breasts, and may take detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality, placement of your nipples
- · Take photographs for your medical record
- · Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
- · Discuss likely outcomes of breast augmentation surgery and any risks or potential complications
- · Discuss the use of anaesthesia during your breast augmentation procedure
Preparing for Breast Lift Surgery
After researching the basics about breast enhancement or breast lifts, many patients want to know what to expect before breast lift surgery.Prior to breast surgery, your Surgeon may ask you to:
- · Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
- · Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
- · Get a baseline mammogram before surgery and another one after surgery to help detect any future changes in your breast tissue
- · Stop smoking well in advance of your breast augmentation surgery
- · Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
- · What to do on the day of surgery
- · Post-operative care and follow-up
- · Breast implant registry documents (when necessary)
Important facts about the safety and risks of breast lift surgery
The decision to have breast lift surgery is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.
Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.