Asking the right questions before undergoing a breast lift

Asking the right questions before undergoing a breast lift

25th Nov 2019


The breast lift is the only method that can be efficiently used to correct breasts that are saggy and droopy on the chest wall. The plastic surgeon will remove the excess skin while also re-centering the glandular tissue to give the breasts a perky appearance and elevate them on the chest wall.

The procedure should be performed only by a talented and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon in an accredited medical facility with all the safety protocols in place. Before scheduling, the patient needs to go through a medical examination and have a conversation with the surgeon during the pre-operative consultation.

Asking the right questions before undergoing a breast lift is important not only to help you get the best aesthetic results but also to avoid complications that can occur post-op.

Here are a few questions you should make sure to discuss with the plastic surgeon:

–    How should I prepare?

The preparation period is essential for any type of plastic surgery. During the month before the procedure, the patient is advised to do certain things and to avoid others. For example, birth control medication should be stopped a month before to avoid blood clot formation, and certain anti-inflammatory medication and supplements should not be taken two weeks before the surgery as they could increase the risk of excessive bleeding. The house should be prepared for the recovery period, and the patient should go shopping for the necessary things in the days before the procedure. Friends and family members should be briefed about what is going to happen and how they can support the patient during the recovery period. 

–    What is the surgical plan recommended for my particular case?

When talking about the breast lift, it is important to mention that this is not a one size fits all type. The number and length and position of the incisions needed is dependent on the level of the breast ptosis and the characteristics of the patient. This means that different patients undergoing the breast lift will have different incisions and different results. During the consultation with the plastic surgeon, it is important to discuss the surgical plan that will be followed in your case to get an idea about where the incisions will be placed and what is to be expected in terms of the final results. 


–    What should I expect during the recovery period?

We consider the recovery period as the first two weeks after the procedure, even if the healing process takes much longer and the final results will be visible in maybe six to eight months. However, the first two weeks after the procedure are more difficult as certain side effects can be experienced such as pain and discomfort, swelling and bruising, and so on.


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