After pregnancy, a change or fluctuations in weight, or simply due to the passage of time, breasts can begin to droop, their position can change, the skin can become loose and the position of the nipple and areola can also change. In such cases, a plastic surgeon can help by performing a breast lift under general anesthetic. It is sometimes also necessary to introduce an implant to correct sagging breasts as part of the breast lift.
Preoperative examinations for breast lifts
A consultation takes place with the surgeon prior to surgery to discuss the procedure, and to select the suitable type and size of implant if necessary.
A breast ultrasound is also performed, as well as mammograms for women over 40 years of age.
As surgery is performed under general anesthetic, laboratory tests, an ECG and a chest X-ray must all be carried out.
The surgery generally lasts 1 to 2 hours and takes place under general anesthetic. Excess skin is removed, the breast tissue is returned to its normal position, internal stitches are applied and the skin is tightened.
If implants are also inserted, the operation is carried out using the latest surgical techniques: the smallest incision possible is made, which is closed using surgical sutures under the surface of the skin. The small scar left by the operation is barely visible.
It is necessary to spend the night after surgery in the institution where the operation was performed. The patient may remove the dressings 24 to 48 hours after surgery, and carefully clean the surgery area. Stitches are removed 10 to 14 days after surgery.
Wearing a sports bra is recommended for six weeks. The doctor performing the operation will decide when the patient can resume sporting activity, how long and during what part of the day they should continue to wear the stomach bandage, and when they can shower around the surgery area.