As we get older, our skin starts to lose some of its natural elasticity. For many women, this results in a noticeable change in the way their breasts look. Women with larger sized breasts start to notice that their breasts sag and change in shape significantly. Whereas, women with small breasts, see a subtle change as their breasts start to sag slightly downward.
Thankfully, plastic surgery provides an ideal solution in the form of breast lift surgery. A breast lift allows women to accomplish more voluptuous shapes by raising sagging breasts and giving them a youthful and perkier projection. Following surgery women generally, look fitter and feeling more confident and attractive.
Suitable breast lift candidates are women in overall good health who are searching for a way to correct drooping breasts. Although a breast lift can be administered on any breast size, women with smaller breasts generally enjoy the greatest benefits.
In general, breast lift candidates should:
Breast lift surgery varies slightly for every patient; however the procedure will generally follow the steps outlined below.
Prior to your breast lift, your anaesthesiologist will give you general sedation. IV sedation may be administered, or you may receive inhaled anaesthesia. Before your breast lift, you will go over the different sedation options available to you with Dr Quinn. Even though both forms are effective and safe, one could be more suited to your health needs than the other.
Following your sedation, Dr Quinn will very carefully make the incisions, according to your surgical plan. The surgery will leave some scars; however, he will work to reduce scarring by placing the incisions in the natural folds of your breasts.
By way of the incisions, Dr Quinn will trim away excess tissue and reform the underlying tissue to make a proportionate and natural shape. If your areola has become stretched he will reshape this area and remove tissues from the area. Then Dr Quinn can lift your areola and nipple, setting them higher up on your breasts. Your skin will then be re-draped moving some of the tissue that was above your areolas down to the lower portion of the breasts. To make sure that the skin is in place and to maintain the new contour of your breasts, Dr Quinn will place various sutures that extend into the deeper breast tissue.
The operation is administered under a general anaesthetic, and an overnight stay in hospital is often required as suction drains will usually be required for 24-hours. However, surgery in a Day Procedure Centre is available in certain circumstances if preferred.
Recovery varies from patient to patient. The precise timeframe will rely upon the degree of your surgery, your body’s natural healing process and any additional procedures. Dr Quinn will provide you with guidance during your recovery to ensure your faster healing, safety, minimal discomfort and great cosmetic results.
In most cases, the pain is not severe, with most patients experiencing soreness and discomfort. Prescribed pain medications should alleviate the pain associated with a breast lift.
The procedure usually takes between one-and-a-half to three-and-a-half hours depending on the extent of the lift and your needs.
Sagging breasts are inevitable even with a breast lift. Your breasts could begin to sag years from now, but an additional breast lift could be necessary depending on what your bra-wearing habits are; be safe and wear a bra.
Dr Quinn will attempt to make your scars as hidden as possible. However, it is important to realise that the scars are permanent. They will be raised and red for several months, slowly fading in colour and flattening. Over 12 to 24 months following your breast lift the scars subside dramatically and in many patients are not very noticeable.