What is the difference between a breast lift and a breast augmentation?
A breast augmentation is designed to give you a larger breast whereas a breast lift tightens a breast with a loose skin envelope. These procedures are available singularly but tend to be performed together for a breast transformation. The correct selection of surgery will be discussed during an initial consultation where your goals will be addressed.
Am I a good candidate for a breast lift?
Women who are both physically and emotionally healthy, have realistic expectations about the surgery results and an understanding of the risks and benefits involved in the procedure are the ideal candidates for a breast lift. If you are looking to have children in the near future, the procedure should be postponed until after. Most women who seek a breast lift have been left with sagging skin due to ageing, pregnancy, breast feeding or significant weight loss or gain.
Is it possible to breastfeed after breast lift surgery?
As long as the nipple is left attached to the underlying breast tissue then breast feeding will still be possible after surgery. Occasionally in breast lifts, where there is excessive amounts of skin, it may be necessary to remove the nipple and place it back as a nipple graft. This is extremely rare and the only circumstance where breast feeding would not be possible.
What questions should I ask before my breast lift surgery?
It is crucial that you are clear with your doctor what your goals are for your new breast shape and size. It is their job to tell you what is reasonable for you to achieve. The larger the breast is that you choose, the harder, faster and lower they will fall.
What is the recovery time from breast lift surgery?
Depending on the amount of skin removed, most patients are back to work between 2 to 14 days after surgery. This recovery varies considerably on what type of work the patient needs to do. Heavy lifting and manual work requires 14 days recovery whereas secretarial work can be 2-5 days depending on pain and tightness.