What happens during the breast lift procedure?
Breast lift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, your surgeon will make incisions around the areola and down to the crease of the breast. Excess skin will be removed, and the remaining breast tissue will be lifted and reshaped. If necessary, the areola will also be repositioned and reduced in size.After the breast tissue has been reshaped and lifted, the incisions will be closed with sutures. You may have drainage tubes inserted into the breasts to remove excess fluid, which will be removed a few days after surgery.
What is the recovery process like?
After breast lift surgery, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. You will need to wear a supportive bra or compression garment for several weeks to help reduce swelling and support the breasts as they heal. Most patients are able to return to work and light activities within a week or two after surgery, but you should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for several weeks. It is important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.
Are there any risks associated with breast lift surgery?
Like any surgical procedure, breast lift surgery does carry some risks. These may include:
Bleeding or infection
Changes in nipple or breast sensation
Asymmetry or uneven results
Breast implant complications (if performed in conjunction with breast lift surgery)
Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you in detail during your consultation and help you decide if breast lift surgery is the right choice for you.
Is breast lift surgery covered by insurance?
Breast lift surgery is typically considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. However, some patients may be able to get partial coverage if the surgery is performed for medical reasons, such as correcting asymmetry or correcting sagging due to significant weight loss. Your surgeon can help you determine if your insurance may cover part of the cost of the surgery.
If you are considering breast lift surgery, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options and determine if this procedure is right for you.