Breast Lift Surgery is performed to lift and reshape breasts that sag naturally or due to pregnancy, Breastfeeding and aging.
Breast Lift is not a procedure just for women with large breasts, it can be performed for women with smaller sagging breasts. It can restore breasts to a more youthful and firmer appearance and increase self-esteem.
Breast Lift is usually combined with other Breast Surgery procedures such as Breast Reduction or Breast Augmentation to enhance size and shape of the Breasts.
Dr Safvat uses the more modern method of medial pedicle technique which is sometimes called “The short scar technique” for his breast lift. The scar is usually placed around the areola and vertically under it. No horizontal scar is used in this method which means the recovery is quicker with minimal scarring.
The procedure is done under a general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital. Dr Safvat only works with highly trained anaesthetics accredited with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. It usually takes about 2-3 hours, and the patient is required to stay in hospital from 1-3 days.
Breast Lift Recovery
Upon discharge the patient is required to wear a medical garment (bras) for six weeks and need to have 1-2 weeks off work to rest at home. Walking is actively encouraged postoperatively but exertion and heavy lifting are not allowed for 3-4 weeks.
Initially after the surgery, the breasts will be swollen and the skin incision will be raised, red and lumpy. This will settle over the next few months and Dr Safvat will guide you through the scar management after your operation. In general it will take some months before the breasts settle into their final shape. The appearance of incision line will fade over time to fine white lines and are less noticeable.
Any surgical procedure can be associated with some general Complications. These include collection of blood (heamatoma) or other fluids (seroma), mild to severe infection, risks associated with general anaesthetics.
The sensation around the areola may be affected by the surgery and may take up to 12 month to return.
What you need to do before the operation
Smoking and being overweight have been shown to cause more complications after surgery. I will insist that you stop smoking 3 weeks before your surgery and lose weight as much as able to, before your breast reduction. As a general rule if your weight is stable the result of the Breast Reductions are better, as your breast increase or decrease in size with your general weight.
You will also need a mammogram done within 12 months of your operation.
If you have not had children and planning to have some then it is best to do so first then have your breast reduction. Your breast size and shape can change after a pregnancy and this can affect the final result. It is also less likely to affect breast feeding although there is no evidence that women who have had breast reduction are not less likely to be able to breast feed than the general population.