Following breast lift surgery—medically referred to as mastopexy—the majority of women can expect some degree of swelling, bruising, and/or tenderness in the breasts, though these symptoms are temporary and should diminish gradually over the course of about two to three weeks. Often described as minimal, any pain or discomfort experienced can usually be easily controlled with over-the-counter medication. Most individuals feel well enough to resume normal, non-strenuous jobs and daily routines after approximately one week; however, our Reno plastic surgeon, Dr. Tiffany McCormack, generally advises patients to avoid vigorous exercise or physical activities for at least a few weeks to give the breasts enough time to fully heal.
Potential scarring after breast lift surgery will depend on the particular incision pattern used to perform the procedure, as well as how closely scar management and postoperative care instructions are followed. The three incisional techniques offered by Dr. McCormack include a periareolar incision (made circumferentially around the areola), a “lollipop” incision (made around the areola and down to the inframammary crease), and an anchor incision (extending around the areola, down the underside of the breast, and horizontally along the inframammary crease). The exact method will be determined by the specific needs of the individual, though all three options can typically be concealed underneath most blouse, bathing suit, and bra varieties. In addition, scarring tends to fade over time, and patients often express that the outcome of breast lift surgery far outweighs the drawback of possible scarring.
Ultimately, once healing is complete and the results of surgery are fully realized, the majority of women experience a significant boost in self-confidence and esteem. Breast lift is truly a rewarding procedure for the right patients.
For more information, or if you wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. McCormack to find out if mastopexy may be right for you, please contact us today.