AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A BREAST LIFT?
You may be a good candidate for breast lift surgery if you have one or more of the following conditions:
1. Breasts that are pendulous, but of satisfactory size
2. Breasts that lack substance or firmness
3. Nipples and areolas that point downward, especially if they are positioned below the breast crease
We recommend a breast lift procedure only when breast development, childbirth or breast-feeding has stopped.
WHAT TO EXPECT
AT YOUR CONSULTATION
During your consultation with Dr. Viral Desai, you will discuss your desired breast shape and your expectations from the breast lift surgery. Dr. Viral Desai will evaluate the information and advise you on whether the results you want can be realistically achieved. You will need to inform Dr. Viral Desai of your medical history, including medications you may be currently taking, if you have had prior breast surgery, lumps or cysts removed, breast biopsies or if you intend to lose weight or have recently experienced weight loss or any serious illnesses (if you have had any previous mammograms, please bring all relevant information to the consultation.) Dr. Viral Desai will also need to know if you are intending to have children in the future and want to be able to breast-feed. A thorough examination of your breasts will take place, and measurements taken. He will examine the skin elasticity and texture, and will check the position of your nipples and areolas. You should expect the consultation to last for at least 30 minutes. Pre-operative photographs will be taken at the consultation.
We give utmost importance to patient confidentiality and take strictest care to ensure your privacy. The staff at CPLSS understands that it can be difficult for a patient to make enquiries about such a delicate matter. It is our aim to make you feel as relaxed, comfortable and fully informed about the procedure as possible.
BREAST LIFT TECHNIQUE
Breast lift requires incisions to be made around the areola, and vertically down the breast. When Dr. Viral Desai has removed the excess skin and fat from the breast, the nipple and areola are repositioned and closed with sutures. The locations of the incisions however depend on the size of your breast, contour and degree of sagging. Stitches are removed over a 2-week period post-operatively.
Often, an augmentation (breast implant) procedure is carried out at the time of a breast lift procedure. Breast lift augmentation is also preformed in conjunction with breast reconstruction following mastectomy or if there is a deformity with one or both breasts.
Preparing for Breast Lift
1. Dr. Viral Desai may require you to have a mammogram prior to your surgery
2. A Betadine wash should be applied to the chest and armpit area after showering two weeks prior to surgery
3. You should stop smoking (including the use of nicotine patches) at least one week prior to surgery
4. You should stop intake of any blood thinning tablets (i.e. aspirin/disprin) and intake of vitamins at least one week prior to surgery
5. Fasting is required for 7 hours prior to surgery
You should inform Dr. Viral Desai of any reactions to medications, general anaesthetics or tapes
RISKS, COMPLICATIONS & SIDE-EFFECTS
Breast uplift surgery is a safe procedure that has been performed on thousands of women with very rewarding results. However you should be aware of the risks and complications before proceeding with surgery. Dr. Viral Desai will discuss these in detail with you at your consultation. They include:
1. Infection requiring treatment with antibiotics
2. Bruising and swelling- this will subside in a couple of weeks
3. Scars which take longer to fade and become thickened
4. Loss of sensation in the nipple area may occur; however, this is rare and will subside in time
Frequently Asked Questions
If you want firmer, pert breasts, breast lift surgery can help you achieve the results you want. If you’re unhappy with your breasts, whatever the reason, we’ll talk to you about achieving the breast size and shape you would like.
Women of all ages with various breast concerns choose to have breast lift surgery. While some women’s breast are naturally less firm, many others find their breasts can lose their shape after pregnancy or breastfeeding. Equally, the ageing process, or weight loss can also result in skin losing its elasticity. As a general rule, if the line where your nipple sits lies below the beginning of the crease of the breasts you will benefit from breast lift surgery.
During the breast lift operation, excess skin from and around the area of dark tissue surrounding the nipple (and sometimes from under your breast) is removed. This creates a tighter cone of breast tissue and your nipple is moved to a higher position to give a more youthful and firm appearance.
You can expect firmer breasts that sit upright and do not sag. The nipple will sit higher on the breast, giving a more youthful appearance.
Depending on the results you want to achieve and the size and shape of your breasts, your doctor may recommend a breast enlargement or breast reduction. Many women also choose to have a tummy tuck or liposuction to regain the body shape they have lost through childbirth or weight loss.
Breast lift patients are required to stay for 1-2 nights in the comfortable surroundings of a hospital. It is advisable that breast uplift patients take a two-week break from work.
Sign up for a consultation with Dr. Viral Desai or with a doctor from his team. At the consultation, your doctor will evaluate you and will understand your expectations from the surgery. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and to receive the necessary information – regarding the procedure, the aftercare and the costs – which will enable to you to decide about your surgery.