Gravity – a beautiful term, explains so much of life on earth.
Age – always associated with a wealth of experience.
The flipside on the human body – wear and tear, things drooping and sagging, formation of wrinkles. Are breasts the exception? NO. They droop and witness sagging, wrinkles and stretchy skin are formed with fluctuations in weight or because of pregnancy, and more.
All this can be fixed by undergoing a procedure called Breast Lift.
What Is Breast Lift?
Scientifically termed Mastopexy, a breast lift procedure, in layman terms, refers to a surgical procedure performed to tighten the breasts. It helps fix stretched skin and increases the perkiness of the breasts, thereby restoring them to a more youthful appearance.
While you may confuse this procedure with a breast augmentation procedure, the two are as different as day and night. A breast lift surgery does not call for placement of any artificial or natural implants in the breasts.
Understanding the specifics of this procedure will help you determine if you qualify for the procedure, and an in-depth discussion with a board-certified surgeon is the best approach for a safe procedure with the desired outcome. A gold medalist surgeon will best understand your need and requirement, and give an accurate, full-picture view to facilitate the decision-making process.
Breast Lift / Before & After
Plastic surgery is an art, and Dr Priya Bansal is an artist. With a mantra to make women feel beautiful, her work demonstrates all that is aesthetically pleasing and natural to look at. The before and after images of her procedures are testament to that, and you can request for them during your initial consultation
Do I Qualify for a Breast Lift Surgery?
Do any of the following statements match your circumstances?
- I am 35 and just finished breastfeeding my baby. Now my breasts look as if they want to touch the ground.
- At 40, my breasts have lost shape and the contour looks all wrong.
- When I am not wearing a bra, my nipples seem to fall under the breast crease.
- My areolas are too large.
- I am only 25, but the skin around my breasts looks extremely stretched.
- My nipples point downward while I would like to see them perky.
- I recently lost weight, and my breasts look all wrinkled and droopy.
- My breasts look long instead of round. This is very noticeable when I see myself in the mirror after a shower.
- One of my breasts is lower than the other, it makes me very conscious.
If you answered positively to the question on familiar circumstances mentioned above, then you likely qualify as a candidate for a breast lift procedure to correct whichever issue mentioned above is plaguing you, subject to you being in a physically healthy condition. However, bear in mind the following while taking a decision.
- If you are planning to start a family, then you should defer the decision for breast lift, since the results of a lift may be ruined by all the changes which happen to the breasts during the pregnancy. Rest assured though; this procedure does not impact your ability to breastfeed in the future.
- A breast lift procedure also works better for women who have smaller breasts to begin with. Larger breasts tend to sag naturally, so it is advisable to club breast lift procedure with breast reduction procedure for the best results.
With this in mind, we move next to understand the procedure itself.
Breast Lift Procedure
The entire procedure may be divided into four phases, one leading to the other.
The Decision-Making Process
There are three parts to the decision-making process –
- Understanding the procedure and its associated benefits for you. These include the following –
- Giving your breasts a youthful appearance.
- Improving the body contour.
- Increased fullness and roundness.
- Reorientation of the nipples and areola for a perkier look.
- Improved aesthetic appeal.
- Reduced breast irritation.
At the same it, it is important to also understand what the procedure does not do –
- Enhance the breast size. If this is a requirement, then you may need to club a breast lift surgery with a breast augmentation surgery, using either implants or fat grafts.
- Bring about a dramatic change to their shape.
- Position the nipple and areola unnaturally high.
- Understanding both your viability as a candidate and the timing of the surgery. As mentioned in the previous section, if you have large breasts to begin with, then a breast lift procedure needs to be combined with breast reduction to give you the desired results. Similarly, if you plan to get pregnant soon, then the decision for a breast lift surgery should be delayed till after delivery and breastfeeding. Your surgeon will also prescribe some blood tests to ensure that you are safe to get the go-ahead for the surgery.
- Choosing the right centre and surgeon – this is perhaps the most crucial aspect of the decision-making process. The centre you opt for should be equipped with international standard equipment and you should only consult a board-certified plastic surgeon, who will be able to prepare your treatment plan by understanding the specific aspects of your case.
Planning and Preparation
This phase involves an in-depth discussion with the surgeon. This a two-way process –
- Them understanding your requirement to plan.
- Your understanding of what to expect from the surgery and any associated protocols and potential complications.
For proper planning and execution, please make sure to share your complete requirement, as well as your medical history with the surgeon. This will help them understand which medication may be prescribed and where the dosage may have to be adjusted to avoid any potential complications. You are also advised to stop smoking at least a month before the planned date of the surgery and avoid taking blood-thinning or anti-inflammatory medicines two weeks before the surgery. The same holds true for any recreational drugs.
As part of the preparation phase, please also make sure to arrange for a driver to take you back home after the surgery.
How Does the Procedure Work?
Depending upon the discussion during the planning phase, you will be administered local or general anaesthesia, though breast lift surgery is typically performed under local anaesthesia. The step by step procedure is as follows –
- Administration of anaesthesia.
- Incisions in the areolar region – a peri-areolar incision, or vertically down from the areola to the breast crease-lollipop incision. The choice of incision determines the potential scarring and its visibility. A gold medalist surgeon makes sure to make an incision in a manner that minimises visible scarring. Lollipop incision is generally considered the safest option.
- Removal of excess tissue.
- Reshaping the remaining tissue for a natural looking outcome.
- Repositioning of the nipple and areola for a perkier look.
- Removing part of the areola if it is too large.
- Tightening of the skin.
- Closing of the incision using absorbable sutures.
This is an outpatient, day procedure with fast recovery.
Recovery After Breast Lift?
You can expect some discomfort in the days following the surgery, however, it is safe to resume routine activities from the day after the surgery itself. However, for the best results, it is important to follow the surgeon’s instructions to the T. You may be required to wear a compression bra or bandages to give your breasts the required support. You may also be prescribed painkillers for the first couple of weeks.
Remember to follow the massaging techniques given by the surgeon for smoother recovery. Make sure to restrict heavy movement while the sutures are still in place and go back to heavy workouts only after consulting your surgeon.
It is normal for it to take time for your breast to heal and take its proper shape and contour – exercise patience, but do not hesitate to reach out to your surgeon in case you feel anything is out of the ordinary.
You can see immediate and visible results after the surgery, but do not be too worried if you notice changes that happen weeks after the surgery, it is completely normal.
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Meet Dr Priya Bansal
Dr Priya Bansal is a gold medalist female plastic surgeon, who understands how important it is for a surgeon to put the patient’s needs above everything else. She has a strong work ethic and works painstakingly with and for her patients. Trust between a surgeon and patient is of utmost importance, therefore she works on the mantra that patient privacy and personalized counselling come first.
Backed by years of experience and training, she is a master in her field and aims at helping women in their journey towards confidence and self-love.
We invite you to meet and consult Dr Bansal should you have any queries regarding a breast lift procedure, and should you need any concerns addressed.