Breast Uplift Surgery - Cosmetic Surgery Guide

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This procedure involves the lifting of the breasts to give them a firmer, fuller appearance. In this surgery the excess skin and breast tissue is removed to help alter the appearance of the breasts but their size is not enhanced or reduced. It is most popular with women who have experienced a sagging in their breasts as a result of age, weight loss or pregnancy. The surgery itself will depend on the condition of the breasts and how they will be altered in order to improve their appearance. In general the surgery involves making an incision around the areola which is the coloured area of skin that surrounds the nipple. Another cut is made from the areola to the crease below the breast and a third and final incision is made along that crease. By cutting the breast in this way it is possible to remove the breast tissue as well as stretch the skin whilst keeping the possibility of scarring to a minimum. After the breast tissue has been removed to change the appearance of the breast it is possible that the nipple and areola will also be moved to remain in keeping with the new shape of the breast.

What are the risks of this surgery?

The most common side effects of the surgery include bruising, bleeding, infection, swelling or numbness in the breast. It is normal to experience some mild side effects after the surgery but if you have excessive bleeding or swelling then this should be reported to the doctor. Unfortunately scarring is an inevitable result of this type of surgery but this should gradually fade until no longer noticeable within two years.

After the operation you will need to wear a support bra for 4 to 6 weeks to prevent the weight of the breasts from pulling on the surgical wounds as they heal. Strenuous activity and heavy lifting should be avoided as this can slow the healing process.