Breast Lift Surgery 101
- Posted on: Jan 15 2018
If your breasts sag, droop, or hang, you may want to consider getting a breast lift. A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, is an operation that places the nipple higher on the chest. A breast lift helps add volume and firmness to your breasts. It is typically an out patient procedure and takes about three hours to complete under general anesthesia. Some women choose to get breast implants at the same time.
When to Get a Breast Lift
After your breasts have finished developing, you can get a breast lift. Some women choose to get one after pregnancy and breastfeeding while others opt to do so before. A breast lift will not interfere with breastfeeding.
Insurance and Breast Lifts
A breast lift is normally considered to be a cosmetic surgery. Because of this, health insurance companies don’t usually cover this type of procedure. If you are getting a breast lift as part of breast reconstruction, you might qualify for coverage. In any event, be sure to always check with our insurance to clarify your specific coverage.
Preparation for a Breast Lift Surgery
First, you will need to arrange a consultation with your plastic surgeon. During this consultation, you will have the opportunity to share your goals and expectations. The surgeon will discuss how the surgery works and the risks and benefits involved. Your health will be discussed to ensure you are a good candidate for surgery. Complications associated with breast lift surgery are rare, but there are still steps you can take to prevent infection, bleeding, and scarring. To help reduce your risk of complications, you will need to stop smoking or taking medications that make bleeding more likely.
After Breast Lift Surgery
After your procedure, you may have drains in your breasts for up to two days. Your breasts will have stitches and be wrapped in a bandage. It is normal to feel uncomfortable for a few days, but your doctor will likely suggest a specific bra and pain medication to help you feel more at ease. During the first month and a half after your surgery, you will need to restrict your activities and movements.