Also known as Mastopexy, this is a surgical procedure that lifts sagging breasts due to aging, muscle atrophy, lactation, pregnancy, or gravity. The procedure may involve removing excess skin, repositioning the nipples, or reducing the size of the areola.
What is it?
A breast lift raises sagging breasts and pulls the nipple and the areola up. The excess skin from the bottom of the breast and around the nipple are removed, and the remaining skin is pushed upwards and sewn together.
What should I do to prepare?
To prepare for a breast augmentation, patients should stop taking medications that increase bleeding risk two weeks before surgery (aspirins, ibuprofen, birth control, and others). Patients should not drink or eat after midnight the night before the procedure. Patients should use surgical soap to wash the breast area the day of surgery.
What happens during the process?
Sedation and local anesthesia are sometimes used in the procedure. The doctor then makes incisions around the areolae, downward from the areolae to the breast creases, or horizontally along the breast creases. Stitches may be placed within the breasts to reshape the tissue. Excess breast skin will be removed and the nipples will be shifted to higher positions. The surgery concludes as incisions are closed with stitches, surgical tape, or skin adhesives.
What are the risks and potential complications?
As with any procedure, certain risks and complications may happen. Some specific complications are scarring (typically fade in one to two years), changes in breast and nipple sensations (some might be permanent), asymmetry and irregularities of both the size and the shape of the breasts, partial or total loss of the areolae or the nipples due to loss of blood flow (this is rare), and difficulties breastfeeding.
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