Breast uplift procedures have become more popular in recent years. Many women notice that their breasts have become droopy due to pregnancy, breastfeeding or simply the passage of time. Some women are fine with this, while other women are not, and if you are bothered by your breasts, you may consider a breast uplift procedure.
But What Is a Breast Uplift Procedure?
It is an operation to lift and reshape the breast gland, making them appear higher and firmer. The operation is called a mastopexy, and a surgeon will remove extra skin from underneath the breast to make the skin tighter. They will also tighten the surrounding tissue and skin, and they may move your nipple to further enhance the appearance of the breast.
It is important to note that this surgery won’t make your breasts appear larger unless you also undergo a breast enlargement. The surgery will also leave scars, but the surgeon will ensure that the scars are as small as possible.
If you decide to book a breast uplift procedure, your surgeon will give you advice to prepare for the surgery. If you are smoker, they will ask you to stop a few weeks before the surgery to reduce the chances of your getting an infection.
This is the time when you should ask your surgeon any questions that you have about the upcoming procedure.
Most women who have a breast uplift procedure are kept in the hospital overnight after their operation so that they can be monitored. The operation will happen while the patient is under general anaesthetic, and it normally takes between two and three hours (it is likely that the operation will be slightly longer if you are also getting breast implants). After the operation your surgeon will cover the breasts with supportive dressing, and they may also leave thin tubes running out of the incision to drain excess fluid overnight. These will be removed before you leave the hospital.
The next day you will need someone else to pick you up and drive you home.
After the operation you will need to take time off work to rest. Most women take around two weeks off, but it depends on your job – for instance, if you have a physical job, you may need to take a month off. During the first few days after your operation, you will be given strong painkillers to help with the pain, and you may also be advised to avoid showering for a few days so that the incisions don’t get wet.
When you leave the hospital, your nurse will give you a date for a follow-up appointment. It is important to make sure that you attend this appointment so that they can check that the wounds are healing properly.
It is likely that your surgeon will recommend that you buy a sports bra to wear for the first few weeks after the operation, as this is less likely to put pressure on your wounds than a normal bra. You can also buy over-the-counter painkillers if you are struggling with any pain.