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Breast Lift Surgery

Getting the Breast Lift

You'll get your breast lift in a hospital setting, an outpatient surgery center, or the doctor’s personal operating room. You will meet with the anesthesiologist, surgeon, and nursing staff prior to the procedure.

The surgeon will mark the proper position where your nipple will go. After that, you'll be brought to the operating room where you'll get general anesthesia or sedation.

The surgeon will remove extra skin and lift your breast tissue up into the proper location. If you're getting implants, the surgeon will insert them and then close and bandage your breasts. You may have tiny drains in your breasts for 24 to 48 hours.

After a Breast Lift

Your surgeon will remove the bandages and any drains during your follow-up visit on the first or second day after your breast lift. The doctor will also check the nipple's color and blood supply.

After the operation, expect to be uncomfortable for a few days. Your doctor will usually recommend that you wear a bra or have a special dressing in place to provide the support you will need during your recovery. For the first week, you may need pain medication.

If you've gotten breast implants, be careful to avoid any impact to your chest, which could make the implant rupture.

Within two to three weeks, your surgeon will remove all your stitches. The size and shape of the breast will continue to improve as time passes.

There may be slight differences in symmetry between the two breasts. If so, your plastic surgeon will do a small touch-up procedure to help reposition the nipple as necessary. Minor adjustments can be made later on.

During your recovery, it is very important to limit your activity as directed by your surgeon and to immediately report any side effects or problems you're having. Any surgery has risks, including infection. With breast reduction surgery, permanent loss of sensation in the nipples or breast skin is very rare.

Will I Need a Lift if I Have My Breast Implants Removed?

Perhaps. Surgeons sometimes do a breast lift after removing an implant.

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