Here’s what you need to know about breast lift surgery

Dr Viral Desai, a celebrity cosmetic surgeon, DHI India, and CPLSS, shares how a breast upliftment surgery can be helpful for the women

Here’s what you need to know about breast lift surgery

What is breast lift treatment?

The breast lift is a procedure for correcting the size, contour, and elevation of the breasts. Breasts naturally droop with age, after pregnancy and breastfeeding, and after weight loss. It is because of stretching of the skin and fibrous ligaments that support the breast tissue.

It is not possible to recreate the fibrous support of the breasts, but they can be reshaped by removing extra skin, remodelling the breast tissue and moving the nipples up to the best position on the new breasts. Other options are to reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin around the nipple) or to have the breasts enlarged at the same time.

Having breast uplift can make the breasts firmer and higher. After breast uplift, a woman may be more comfortable socially and personally.

Who generally does it?

Women prefer breast lifts for a variety of reasons:

  • To reshape saggy breasts and improve the contour of the breast shape caused by loss of skin elasticity due to weight loss, pregnancy or breastfeeding.
  • To increase the firmness of the breasts.
  • To reduce the size of the areola.
  • To reposition the nipple if it is pointing downward.

One may need a breast lift surgery if she is having one or more of the following conditions:

  • Breasts that are pendulous, but of satisfactory size
  • Breasts that lack substance or firmness
  • Nipples and areolas that point downward, especially, if they are positioned below the breast crease

What are the reasons for sagging of breasts?

  • Age: A woman’s breasts lose elasticity and firmness as she ages.
  • Pregnancy: During pregnancy, the ligaments, that support your breasts, may get stretched as your breasts get fuller and heavier.
  • Weight fluctuations: Changes in your weight can cause your breast skin to stretch and lose elasticity.
  • Gravity: Over time, gravity causes ligaments in the breasts to stretch and sag.

What is the procedure like?

There are different types of uplift. The best type depends on the breast size and the result one wants. Different types of uplift make different scars on the breasts.

Whichever type one chooses, the scars should not be visible when one wears normal clothes, bras, and bikini tops. The most common type of uplift, with a cut around your areola and vertically under your breast, is shown below.

Sometimes there is a cut in the crease under the breast to make an anchor shape. The extra skin is removed from underneath the breast, the breast is reshaped into a tighter cone, and the nipples are moved to a higher level. The size of the areola can also be reduced.

Dos and Don’ts

Do’s

Follow the instructions given by the surgeon

Rest: Your body needs rest so that it has the energy to heal.

Sleep on your back in a semi-reclining position: Sleeping flat on your back puts pressure on your chest. A semi-reclining position releases some of this pressure so that you can rest without injuring your breasts. Use pillows to keep you propped up.

Call the surgeon right away if you experience any complications: These could include shortness of breath, chest pain, bleeding, infection, and fluid accumulation.

Take medications as prescribed, especially antibiotics: Antibiotics are essential for healing, and pain medications can help you deal with any discomfort during the first few days after surgery.

Attend your post-operative appointments: The surgeon will closely monitor your body’s healing process to ensure that all is going well.

Eat healthy foods: A healthy diet will give your body the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it needs to heal.

Drink plenty of fluids, especially clear fluids. Fluids help your body to heal.

Don’ts

Exercise for four-six weeks: Doing so could cause injury and interfere with the healing process and possibly cause your incisions to tear and the implants to dislodge.

Overexert or be rough with your incisions.

Lift your arms above your shoulders: Or wear shirts that you must pull over your head for at least two weeks. Choose loose, button-up shirts that you can easily put on without risk of hurting your incisions. You may need to have someone help you wash your hair during these two weeks so that you do not lift your arms up too high.

Eat a lot of salt: Too much sodium causes swelling and bloating, which you want to avoid after surgery.

Take a bath or allow your incisions to get wet before they have healed: Showering is acceptable, according to the timeline given to you by the surgeon.

Sleep on your stomach: Sleeping on your stomach or side could lead to serious complications.

Dont wear underwire bras: After surgery, you will likely be sent home wrapped in gauze and surgical dressing, which will be removed after a few days. At this point, you should wear a recovery or soft cup bra, like a sports bra, until you are fully healed.