It’s important to understand that there is a difference between breast augmentation & breast lift surgery, and while you can always talk to your doctor about your options and what might be right for you, having some understanding of what’s involved before your consultation can help you feel confident going in.
Breast lift surgery simply involves the removal of excess breast skin in an effort to reshape the breasts to a more appealing form. The impact that this has on a woman’s dress size is typically minimal. In most cases, you’ll maintain your bra cup size but increase your ability to go without a bra or wear a lighter bra. The scars are usually placed around the areola and down the lower pole of the breast, in a lollipop shape.
Some women may want to reduce their breast size. For example, women with large breasts or women after massive weight loss can experience headaches, back and shoulder pain from the weight of their breasts. A breast lift is always a part of breast reduction surgery.
Breast augmentation surgery involves the insertion of a silicone breast implant behind a woman’s breast, as a way of boosting the volume and improving the shape of the breast. Some women have a lot of excess breast skin and will need a breast lift done at the same time. The combination of a breast lift with implants is called augmentation mastopexy.
Breast implants can lift slightly deflated, saggy breasts without a concomitant surgical breast lift (and removing the need for a lollipop scar).
What you need to know about the procedure
After discussing your needs and goals with your doctor, you’ll need to prepare for a procedure that will last from between one and four hours, depending on complexity.
Following your procedure, you should find that recovery is relatively comfortable. Breast tissue is not as sensitive as other parts of the body, and there are post-operative bras that have been designed to maximise comfort. In most cases you’ll be able to go home on the same day, or spend one night in hospital for monitoring. You’ll be able to return to work and drive after a week.
Finally, you won’t need to worry about the removal of stitches. It’s standard practice to use dissolvable stitches, with paper micropore tape used in the short term for scar management and wound care.
If you have any questions about the procedure, or what might be right for you, don’t hesitate to contact the friendly team at Southern Aesthetic! We’re always happy to field your questions and address any sensitivities you might have.