By True Beauty San Diego Aesthetic Surgery & Medicine on August 27th, 2020
When considering breast lift, it is expected that you will have plenty of questions about the procedure and what it involves. Dr. Brian Reagan wants you to have all of the information you need to understand breast lift and plan for surgery accordingly. Here, he breaks down some of the most commonly asked questions about breast lift.
Does breast lift hurt?
During surgery you will be under anesthesia, so you will not feel any pain. After surgery, expect some slight discomfort. Your breasts may feel sore or tight for the first few days of your recovery. You can take over-the-counter or prescription medication to alleviate post-operative discomfort.
What kind of breast lift leaves minimal scars?
The amount of scarring depends on the incision pattern used. The smallest incision patterns, created only along the top or circumference of the areola, leave the least amount of scarring. However, these incision patterns are only used in cases where breast sagging is minor. If you have moderate to severe sagging you will probably require larger incisions made around your areola and vertically down to the breast crease (sometimes continuing horizontally along the breast crease). Keep in mind that the scars left from breast lift can be hidden under a bathing suit or bra.
Does breast lift change the size of the breasts?
No, breast lift does not change the size of the breasts. However, your breasts may look smaller after surgery because lifted, perky breasts take up less surface area than flat, saggy breasts.
Can I breastfeed after breast lift surgery?
Many women are able to breastfeed after breast lift without any problems; in general, if you were able to breastfeed before breast lift surgery it is likely you will be able to do so after surgery. If you hope to nurse after breast lift, discuss your plans with Dr. Reagan during your initial consultation so he can take this into account when planning your surgery.
Can I get breast lift if I plan to have more children?
Pregnancy-related weight gain and nursing can have a deleterious effect on breast lift results. If possible, it is best to postpone breast lift until after you are finished having children for the most lasting results.
What is the breast lift recovery like?
Initially after surgery your breasts will be wrapped under compression garments. Swelling and bruising are common. The majority of the aftereffects should subside in the first two weeks after surgery, although it can take up to a month or more for swelling and bruising to completely resolve. Dr. Reagan will provide you with complete aftercare instructions, including how to keep the incision site clean and dry and when to switch from the compression garment to a sports bra.
If you have lingering questions about breast lift that were not answered in this post, Dr. Reagan suggests scheduling a one-on-one consultation with him at his practice. During the appointment, he can explain how breast lift can give you the perky, youthful-looking breasts you desire. Call or email us today to schedule your visit with Dr. Reagan.