Dr. Ali Karbalaeikhani MD
Breast cosmetic surgeon in Iran Tehran
Breast Lift or Mastopexy
If you're considering a surgical breast lift, one way to see if it might help you is to put a pencil
under your breast
and see if it stays there. If it does, a breast lift might be an option.
The most common breast lift operation, called mastopexy, repositions the nipple higher on the
chest wall. Women usually get this procedure on an outpatient basis, meaning there's no
overnight stay. It takes about three hours and is usually done under general anesthesia.
Some women also get breast implant at the same time as their breast lift.
Your surgeon should describe your options and explain the procedure in detail.
Age and Breastfeeding
You can get a breast lift at any age after your breasts have finished developing. You can also get
one before or after you are pregnant. You will still be able to breast feed after a breast lift.
Insurance and Breast Lifts
Most breast lifts are considered cosmetic surgeries. Insurance companies usually don't cover them
unless they are done as part of mastectomy reconstruction.
Check with your health insurance company in advance so you're clear on what costs you'll need to
Getting Ready for the Surgery
The first step is to consult with a plastic surgeon. When you do, tell the surgeon what your goals
are. If you're also getting breast implants, bring photos showing the size and shape of the breasts
The surgeon will consider your health and describe your options. The surgeon should also
explain the procedure in detail and go over the risks and what the recovery will be like.
Complications after breast lifts are relatively rare. The main three are bleeding, infection, and
scarring. Your surgeon will give you instructions for preparing that will help lower your risk of
complications. Those instructions will include such things as not cigar, making sure you are off
medications that may make bleeding more likely, and taking antibiotics cigarette smoking if
You should also start planning for the recovery period. For instance, you will have to avoid
heavy lifting for at least 4 to 6 weeks after your breast lift. If you have young children, you may
need to line up help.
Getting the Breast Lift
You'll get your breast lift in a hospital setting, an outpatient surgery center, or the doctor’s
personal operating room. You will meet with the anesthesiologist, surgeon, and nursing staff
prior to the procedure.
The surgeon will mark the proper position where your nipple will go. After that, you'll be
brought to the operating room where you'll get general anesthesia or sedation.
The surgeon will remove extra skin and lift your breast tissue up into the proper location. If
you're getting implants, the surgeon will insert them and then close and bandage your breasts.
You may have tiny drains in your breasts for 24 to 48 hours.
After a Breast Lift
Your surgeon will remove the bandages and any drains during your follow-up visit on the first or
second day after your breast lift. The doctor will also check the nipple's color and blood supply.
After the operation, expect to be uncomfortable for a few days. Your doctor will usually
recommend that you wear a bra or have a special dressing in place to provide the support you
will need during your recovery. For the first week, you may need pain medication.
If you've gotten breast implants, be careful to avoid any impact to your chest, which could make
the implant rupture.
Within two to three weeks, your surgeon will remove all your stitches. The size and shape of the
breast will continue to improve as time passes.
There may be slight differences in symmetry between the two breasts. If so, your plastic surgeon
will do a small touch-up procedure to help reposition the nipple as necessary. Minor adjustments
can be made later on.
During your recovery, it is very important to limit your activity as directed by your surgeon and
to immediately report any side effects or problems you're having. Any surgery has risks,
including infection. With breast reduction surgery, permanent loss of sensation in the nipples or
breast skin is very rare.
Will I Need a Lift if I Have My Breast Implants
Perhaps. Surgeons sometimes do a breast lift after removing an implant.
Will I Ever Need Another Breast Lift?
It's possible. In time, some women choose to get a repeat
breast lift as a “touch-up” procedure to improve the overall
look of their breasts. But a full-length procedure will usually
not be require.
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