Breast lift surgeries are designed to elevate and reshape sagging or droopy breasts and in some cases appropriately reposition the nipples to achieve an attractive shape and contour. Dr. Hotchandani performs the procedure using general anesthesia on an outpatient basis at the state of the art Hotchandani Laser, Vein, and Cosmetic Surgery facility in Green Bay.
- What to Expect
- How it Works
- Patient Experience
What to Expect
Results of your breast related surgery will be immediately noticeable with breasts feeling firmer and shapelier, and there will be continued improvement as swelling resolves over several weeks. Full healing takes place over a matter of months, and many women find that they no longer need to wear a bra to feel comfortable about their appearance. Scars continue to fade over long period.
How Does it Work?
A breast lift, or mastopexy, consists of removing excess skin and tissue through an incision around the nipple to the crease of the breast or a circular incision around the nipple-areolar complex, tightening the remaining surrounding tissue, and sometimes repositioning the remaining skin, nipple and areola. In many cases, a breast lift is performed in conjunction with breast augmentation.
Breast lifts (Mastopexy) are performed on an outpatient basis (return home the same day) in one to three hours under general anesthesia. Be sure to arrange for someone to take you to and from surgery, and it is recommended that you have someone with you for at least the first night post-procedure. If you are traveling from out of town, Hotchandani Laser, Vein, and Cosmetic Surgery may provide an overnight stay at a local hotel close to the office.
After a breast lift surgery, there may be temporary discomfort, bruising, swelling, numbness and your skin may be tight for a week or two. Patients wear an elastic bandage and a supportive bra to minimize swelling and provide support, and dressings and bandages will help incisions heal over several weeks.
Am I a good candidate for a breast lift?
Good candidates for breast lift surgery are healthy women who have droopy breasts (Breast ptosis) as a result of pregnancies or weight loss and they are not planning further weight loss or intending to breast-feed.
Is breast lift surgery painful?
General anesthesia is used so you will not feel any pain during the procedure. Any discomfort post-procedure may be remedied with over-the-counter pain medication or narcotics as recommended.
What is the recovery time?
Most patients are able to resume regular activities within a week, but there can be wide variation in progress. Many patients are able to return to work in one to two weeks, depending on how physically demanding the job, but heavy lifting should be avoided for three to four weeks. Be sure to arrange for someone to take you to and from surgery and it is recommended that you have someone with you for at least the first night after the procedure.
How long do results from breast lift surgeries last?
Due to the effects of gravity, weight changes, pregnancy and time, breast lifts do not last forever and patients may elect to have another procedure done in their lifetime. Complying with the suggested use of your support bra will extend the longevity of results.
Does a breast lift surgery leave scars?
The number and length of the scars depend on the technique used, which is determined based on the degree of sagging, size, nipple and areola positioning, and amount of skin and breast tissue comprising the breasts. Scars will fade and improve over time. The process continues for years.