Breast lift surgery is performed to lift and reshape breasts that have breast ptosis (sag or drop of breasts) naturally or due to pregnancy, breastfeeding or aging.
A breast lift is not just for women with large breasts, it can also benefit women with breast ptosis (sag or drop of breasts). It can restore breasts to a more natural, youthful and firmer appearance.
A breast lift is often combined with other types of breast surgery, including reductions and augmentation, which enhance the size and shape of the breasts.
What do I need to do before a breast lift procedure?
Smoking and being overweight have been shown to cause more complications after surgery. Dr Safvat will insist that you stop smoking 3 – 4 weeks before your surgery and that your weight is stable. As a general rule, if your weight is stable, the result of the breast lift is that much better. You will also need a mammogram done within 12 months of your operation.
If you are planning to start or grow your family, it’s best to do this before you consider surgery. This is because your breast size and shape can change after a pregnancy and this can affect the final result.
How much does a breast lift cost?
There are a number of aspects that contribute to the final cost of a breast lift, including anaesthetist, surgeon and hospital fees. Some patients also choose to combine their Breast lift with augmentation, which can also change the final cost. Once you have your consultation with Dr Safvat, we will be able to give you an thorough estimate of fees. Overall, cost should never be the determining factor for any major procedure – the skills and experience of your surgeon should always be a top priority.
How do I know whether a breast lift is the right choice for me?
A breast lift is a personalised procedure and may not be the right choice for everyone. Scheduling a consultation with Dr Safvat is still the best way to get a clear idea about whether it’s the right procedure for you. The condition of your breasts and your medical history will play a role in determining this.
Before you consider a breast lift, keep in mind that it won’t significantly change the size of your breasts. If you want fuller breasts, augmentation is a better option. For a reduction in size, a breast reduction is probably better suited to your needs. Dr Safvat will discuss all options with you during your consultation. It should also be noted that results don’t tend to last as long if you’re planning to expand your family or if you have heavy breasts.
The ideal breast lift patient should be in good physical health and have realistic expectations about the outcome. The breasts should also be fully developed and have lost their shape and firmness. Another reason why you might be an ideal candidate is if your nipples fall below the breast crease and point downwards.
When will I see the final results of my breast lift?
Directly after your surgery, you will see a noticeable difference. However, the shape of your breasts will continue to change and settle over the course of the next 3 months. Your breasts may appear smaller after a lift, even if you didn’t combine your procedure with a reduction. This is mainly because your breasts are now firmer and have a better shape. If you combined your procedure with augmentation, your breasts will more than likely be larger and healing could take a bit longer, depending on where the implants were placed.
The results of your breast lift will last for many years but they’re not entirely permanent. Pregnancy, weight fluctuations and the general ageing process can all affect your results years after the procedure. Maintaining a healthy weight is one way to enjoy the results of your surgery for longer.
How much scarring is present after a lift?
Directly after your surgery, the incision sites will be red and lumpy. Scarring is an inevitable part of a breast lift and will be permanent. However, with the right care, they will become softer, thinner and lighter in colour. Fortunately, any scarring can also be hidden under clothing and swimwear.
Will a breast lift affect my ability to breastfeed?
It is possible for any type of breast surgery to affect your ability to breastfeed but there’s no way to know this for sure. Every step is taken to keep the milk ducts and nipple sensation intact during surgery. Directly after surgery, some numbness is going to be present but feeling will gradually return over the course of the next month or two. If you are particularly concerned about being able to breastfeed, it’s best to schedule your surgery after you’ve completed your family.