Many women experience sagging, deflated breasts for a variety of reasons. Some women experience a loss in breast shape and volume because of pregnancy and breastfeeding, while others lose elasticity in their skin as they age or gain fatty tissue in their breasts because of obesity. Sagging breasts can occur at any stage of life, but a breast lift procedure can help restore perkiness and shape.
It is a common misconception that the primary way to fix saggy breasts is with implant surgery. While breast implants can also improve shape, they are the most effective when used to increase cup size. Implants cannot lift sagging skin the same way that a breast lift can, but because of a breast lift, some volume may be lost.
During breast lift surgery, incisions are made around the nipple that extend down to and along the breast crease, depending on patient preference. The extent of visible scarring may also depend on how much sagging is present. The more extensive the surgery, the more visible the scars will likely be. Women who consider breast lifts might also want to consider scarring before they commit to surgery, but most find that the long-lasting results of surgery are worth the marks.
Prior to the procedure, you will be put under general anesthesia, which will likely take place in a surgical center or hospital. The surgery will only take 1-2 hours, unless you also have an augmentation, in which case it could take up to 3-4 hours. The procedure is generally done in an outpatient basis so you can go home the same day. You may have to take pain medication for 2-5 days, and may experience mild to moderate pain.
The swelling and bruising around the area should start to improve after 3-10 days, and bandages can typically be removed after 1-3 days. Stitches will stay in for a week, and you can go back to work anywhere from 3-7 days after surgery. It may take at least six months for the full results to become visible, but you should notice an immediate improvement in your breasts after your procedure.
If your sagging breasts are causing you grief or discomfort, a breast lift may be right for you. If you are considering a breast lift, the best thing you can do is set up a consultation with Dr. Perry. Your health, medical history, and cosmetic goals will be discussed during your consultation, and your breasts will be examined to determine if breast lift surgery is right for you. We will also be able to answer any questions you may have and can create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Contact Dr. Wendell Perry today to schedule your consultation.