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What to Expect after Breast Lift Surgery


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.

Will Pregnancy Affect My Breast Implants?


This is a great question asked by numerous women seeking to enhance the size and/or shape of their breasts with implants. Prior to answering this question, it should be noted that pregnancy and any subsequent breastfeeding will have a unique effect on every woman’s body and breasts, so the physical changes experienced by some individuals will be completely different than what some others may encounter. That being said, the majority of women usually notice swelling and enlargement in the breasts during pregnancy, often followed by some degree of volume reduction once they have stopped breastfeeding.

Fortunately, regardless of the specific physical changes the breasts endure, the structural integrity of breast implants should not be affected and/or compromised by pregnancy. As a matter of fact, a possible benefit of having received breast implants before becoming pregnant is that they tend to provide some degree of protection against any volume reduction that might be experienced. However, none of this is to claim that the presence of breast implants automatically means the breasts will return to their exact pre-pregnancy shape and size. Depending on the particular physical changes that occur, there may be some breast sagging and/or skin laxity that wasn’t present beforehand. Based on the the severity of these concerns, a mastopexy (breast lift) and/or bigger implant might be needed or desired to regain the breasts’ pre-pregnancy size, contour, and position on the chest.

If you have additional questions about breast implants, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon—Tiffany McCormack, MD—please don’t hesitate to contact our practice today.

Mommy Makeover – A Plastic Surgery Trend?

The term “Mommy Makeover” has gained a great deal of popularity over the past couple of years and many believe that it is the latest trend in plastic surgery. Calculating statistics on the number of women who undergo post-pregnancy plastic surgery procedures may be difficult to come by however. This is because a mommy makeover involves a combination of procedures and is considered a marketing term rather than a surgical one. Official numbers aside, Dr. McCormack’s most popular procedures involve combinations of breast surgery, body contouring and abdominoplasty. As a mother and board certified plastic surgeon, media outlets naturally come to Dr. McCormack for her insight when reporting on the latest mommy makeover trends. Her latest feature – a full page spread in New Beauty Magazine, a national publication heralded as the The Ultimate Cosmetic Enhancement Guide. Simply click on the image below to view all the details.  If you have any questions about the “mommy makeover”, or would like to arrange your private consultation with Dr. McCormack, please call our office at (775) 284-2020.
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