The aesthetic appearance of the breasts is of outmost importance for women at all ages. Having saggy breasts can be a real struggle, especially because there are no easy fixes for this issue. It is only with the help of plastic surgery, specifically the breast lift surgery, that this can be corrected.
Many women tend to schedule their surgery for the breast lift after multiple pregnancies or when the natural aging process has left a mark on their breasts. Sagginess affects all women sooner or later in their lives, and large breasts have a tendency to droop earlier on than smaller breasts.
The preparation for the breast lift surgery is an important part of the surgery. It has the purpose of preparing the patient from multiple points of view, but mostly emotionally and physically.
In this article, we will discuss the preparation for the breast lift.
The sagginess of the breasts
The breasts are made of fat tissue and glandular tissue and covered by a skin envelope that is sensitive and delicate. The glandular tissue is responsible for milk production after childbirth, and it can considerably increase in size when breastfeeding occurs and even during pregnancy when it is preparing for lactation.
The breasts change with the changes in our bodies caused by different factors. When it comes to the sagginess of the breasts, it is often the changes in volume caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding that can lead to the unsightly appearance of the breasts. Breasts can look deflated, empty and low on the chest wall after multiple pregnancies. The same transformation can be experienced by women who have undergone massive weight loss. The fat tissue of the breasts is reduced as well during weight loss, and often this causes the breasts to look empty, low on the chest, and with an undefined shape.
With aging, another phenomenon occurs that changes the appearance and consistency of the breasts. In medical terms, it is known as mammary gland atrophy. When this happens, the mammary tissue reduces its size and the fat tissue can increase. This might lead to the breasts feeling rather soft and without a beautiful shape.
The volume or size of the breasts is not the only consideration to have in mind when it comes to the appearance of the breasts. Their shape and position can give them a youthful look and make them perkier, even if their size is on the small side.
If you want your breasts to look perkier, firmer and more youthful, the breast lift procedure is the optimal solution.
The breast lift
The breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, aims to eliminate the excess skin and fat tissue from the breasts and to remodel the mammary gland and re-center it. During the procedure, the breasts are elevated, and in some cases, the nipple and areola complex is relocated to an anatomically correct position. Some patients choose to have implants inserted during the breast lift. By doing this, you will also notice an increase in the size of the breasts, aside from them being perkier and higher on the chest wall.
When it comes to the approach of the breast lift surgery, the plastic surgeon has several options. A very commonly used method involves three incisions: one around the areola, vertically from the areola edge toward the inframammary fold, and one on the inframammary fold. These incisions are needed to allow the plastic surgeon to remove the excess skin and remodel the mammary tissue. If the nipple and areola complex is relocated, they will be transferred with tissue attached to them to avoid necrosis. The areola can also be aesthetically improved during this procedure; the plastic surgeon might reduce its size to be proportionate to the rest of the breast.
Mastopexy is often performed with the patient under general anesthesia and the hospitalization period is less than 24 hours.
Preparation for the breast lift surgery
During the pre-operative consultation for the breast lift, the plastic surgeon will assess your eligibility for the procedure and explain in detail about the surgical approach he plans to take, its advantages and disadvantages. The plastic surgeon will ask questions about your medical history, potential allergies and current medication treatment to be able to make recommendations for the pre-operative preparation.
If you are on a treatment with anti-inflammatory medication, they need to be stopped at least two weeks in advance to avoid the risk of excessive bleeding during and after the intervention.
Smoking is strictly forbidden before the breast lift. It should be ceased three to six months before surgery, and the patient should stay smoke-free for another three weeks after the procedure. Patients that are unable to quit smoking prior to surgery are advised to reduce the number of cigarettes smoked per day to a minimum.
Sun exposure on the chest area should also be avoided before the breast lift. To have a smooth and fast healing with good cicatrization of the surgical incisions, the skin must be in good condition. Sun damage on the skin can cause a delay of the procedure.
If the patient is on birth control pills, the treatment should be stopped a month before the breast lift to avoid complications.
Aside from the indications mentioned above, the patient should also take the time to rest and think about her choice of undergoing the procedure. On an emotional level, the patient must be aware that the surgery for lifting the breasts, and just like any other surgical procedure it can entail risks and potential complications. The patient should be aware and accept these risks and be mentally prepared to deal with them, should they occur. The reality is that the incidence rate of complications is small in plastic surgery; however, there is always a risk.
The patient should also learn to deal with the idea of scars. Scarring is inevitable when considering a complex procedure such as the breast lift. This means the patient will be left with scars on the breasts permanently. If the healing process goes on smoothly, the scars will look like thin, white lines a year after the procedure. Most patients consider the scars a small price to pay to have the breasts they have always dreamt of.
Also getting used to the idea that the recovery period might come with pain and discomfort is important. While most patients mention only a slight discomfort, each patient has her own tolerance to pain, and it can be experienced during the few days following surgery.
When you are physically and psychologically prepared, you can move on to preparing your house for the return from the clinic. For the first few days you might want to spend most of your time in bed resting, so make sure you have someone to help you with the chores around the house, especially if you need to take care of a big family. Moreover, it is recommended to do grocery shopping well before the date of your procedure, so you don’t have to worry about food once you return from the medical facility.
The preparation for the breast lift is an important stage of the process of getting perkier, more elevated breasts. Because the procedure is quite a complex one, the patient should be aware of the potential side effects, risks, and complications that can occur. Moreover, the patient needs to prepare physically for undergoing the procedure: quitting smoking and stopping anti-inflammatory medication and birth control treatment are essential in preventing unwanted complications.
More than the physical and emotional preparation, there is also the preparation of the house for the recovery period.