Who is a candidate?
Women who are happy with their breast size but who wish to restore a more youthful contour may be good candidates for a breast lift. Women with smaller breasts that have “sagged” following childbirth or as a result of aging may wish to combine a breast lift with breast augmentation to improve both the size and shape of their breasts.
How is a breast lift performed?
Various techniques are available to lift the breasts. The most common method requires three incisions: a circular incision around the nipple, a vertical incision from the nipple to the fold beneath the breast, and a short horizontal incision within the fold itself. Varying amounts of skin and breast tissue are then removed and the nipple is elevated to its new position to obtain the desired contour. Smaller incisions can be used in women with minor “drooping” of the breasts.
The surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic, but you will be able to go home immediately after surgery; an overnight stay is not required. The surgery takes approximately 2 ½ hours.
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What is the recovery period like?
Swelling, bruising and discomfort after surgery are normal for a few days. Dr. Hynes will prescribe pain medication for you, as well as antibiotics to minimize the chances of infection. You will be able to shower within a few days. The stitches are hidden below the surface of the skin and will be absorbed by the body.
Depending on your type of work, you may return within two weeks of surgery. Although the skin will be healed within a week or so, it will be three or four weeks until full activities can be resumed (i.e., sports or heavy lifting).
What are the risks?
All surgery carries certain risks and a breast lift is no exception. These include bleeding, infection, changes in nipple sensation, and minor asymmetries. Fortunately, most of these complications are rare. There are visible scars following a breast lift, but these are hidden while wearing clothing or bathing suits and they often fade with time. Dr. Hynes will review all the risks of a breast lift with you in detail during your cosmetic consultation.
How can I obtain more information?
It’s important to have realistic expectations and to be properly informed about expected results and potential side effects, with any procedure.
If you would like to book a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Hynes at our office in Hamilton, ON, please call us at (905) 645-5640 or book an appointment.
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