Breasts commonly deflate and become droopy after breastfeeding, weight loss or ageing. A breast lift procedure is a procedure to help permanently shift droopy breast tissue, nipple as well as areolar to a “higher”, more youthful looking position, much more like how it used to look like before.
A breast lift would be able to restore the breasts’ former volume, position and shape, giving the breast a more aesthetic looking appearance, especially with certain clothing and swimwear. It is possible to improve the appearance of the areolar or nipple during the breast lift procedure. At the same time, any form of asymmetry of the breasts would be improved during the procedure as well. This would improve one’s self-confidence and allow improved versatility in terms of wardrobe options.
You would be a good candidate for a breast lift procedure if you have/are:
Prior to embarking on your breast lift procedure, be sure to have consulted a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss a definitive surgical and recovery plan. It is also recommended to have completed a recent breast screening mammogram prior to surgery. To optimise recovery, do remember to inform your plastic surgeon about all the medications and supplements you are taking, as there may be some which need to be stopped prior to surgery. Smoking severely affects outcomes and significantly increases your risk of complications, so it is advisable to quit smoking before considering surgery. Our nurses will be on hand to advise and measure out the suitable compression garments for your surgery. Lastly, once you have worked out your recovery plan, do set aside ample space and time for your recovery, and enjoy the experience.
Prior to the procedure, it is important to have a detailed discussion with your plastic surgeon about the details of your desired procedure. Depending on your current breast size and shape, adjunctive procedures such as the use of fat grafting or breast implants, to improve size, projection and upper pole fill, may be discussed with you. This may in turn affect the type of incisions used and this will all be decided with you prior to surgery.
Breast lift procedure is typically a day surgery procedure.
Post-surgery recovery would be dependent on the procedure chosen, and it would vary from a few days to a few weeks. Most patients could expect their wounds to heal up in a week or two, and gradually return to normal activities from thereon. Simple cardio- or stretching exercises can be started around the 3rd week, strenuous activities and heavy lifting can be gradually resumed after 4-6 weeks, depending on your individual progress.
It is normal to experience swelling, bruising and pain during this recovery phase. Compression garments help to quickly reduce swelling, bruising and pain for the first few weeks. For more extensive types of surgeries, you may be required to care for a small plastic tubing connected to a bottle (also known as a surgical drain). The surgical drain is often used to rapidly reduce swelling, bruising and surgical fluid accumulation under the skin and wounds, and these can be removed in the clinic after some time.
Some complications that could occur include bleeding, infection and wound dehiscence (or gapping of the wound). Rarely, some patients may experience collection(s) of fluid (seroma) or blood (hematoma) which may require addressing. It is also crucial to communicate with your plastic surgeon about your surgical goals or targets before any surgery, so that all your needs and expectations can be addressed adequately. Sometimes, there may be numbness of the nipple-areolar region, which is transient for most of the time. Lastly, long term scarring after surgery can be minimized through optimal surgical design and technique, but the long-term result can vary greatly between individuals. Overall, the complication rate would be related to the complexity of the surgery.
If a breast reduction (LINK) is what suits your clinical situation more, it may be covered by Medisave/Medishield and/or Insurance plan. Do speak with an experienced Plastic Surgeon to find out more.
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