Breast Uplift Techniques
The incision will outline the area from which breast skin will be removed and defines the new location for the nipple and areola. When the excess skin has been removed the nipple and areola are moved to the new higher position, and the skin surrounding the areola is bought down and around to form the new breast. Stitches are usually located around the areola, extend down in a vertical line and along the crease of the breast.
Some patients, especially those with smaller breasts and less sagging, may be suitable candidates for different procedures involving less extensive incisions. One procedure is the ‘doughnut’ (or concentric) mastopexy, where circular incisions are made around the areola and a doughnut shaped area of skin is removed.
Post Surgery Recovery
Your breasts may be bruised, swollen and uncomfortable for a day or two following your surgery, but the pain shouldn’t be severe. Any pain you do experience can be managed with pain medication prescribed by your surgeon.
Post-surgery you will wear an elastic bandage or sports bra over gauze dressings. Within a few days this will be replaced with a soft support bra which you will need to wear day and night. This should be worn for 3-4 weeks over a layer of gauze. Your stitches will be removed after a week or two.
If your skin is very dry following your breast lift then you can apply moisturiser several times a day. Patients should be careful not to tug at your skin and keep the moisturiser away from sutures.
You can expect some loss of feeling in your nipple and breast skin caused by the swelling after surgery. For most patients this usually subsides over the next six weeks, although in some cases in can last up to a year. However, occasionally the numbness may be longer lasting.
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