Breast Lift (Mastopexy) in Chattanooga
Age, gravity, significant weight loss and breast feeding can all cause your breasts to sag. Positioning the breasts higher on the body, a breast lift can restore youth and firmness to your chest. However, it can not increase the fullness of the upper portion of the breast. This is why many women combine this procedure with a breast augmentation.
A breast lift, known in the medical community as a Mastopexy, is performed under general anesthesia and takes about two to four hours to complete. The incision is made around the nipple, vertically under the nipple and in the horizontal crease of the breast. Then, the breast tissue is reshaped and excess skin is removed. Before the incisions are closed with sutures, the nipple and areola are repositioned. Scarring at the incision is an inevitable result of the surgery. However, scarring should significantly fade after one year.
As with any surgical procedure, certain risks are possible. Bleeding, infection and adverse reaction to anesthesia are the most common complications. To minimize the odds of possible complications, smokers must abstain from nicotine four to six weeks before the procedure.
Following the procedure, a surgical bra is worn to hold the breasts in place. Mild pain, bruising and swelling should be expected. To properly heal, patients need to wait one week before returning to work or school. Lifting objects over the head should be avoided for three to four weeks and strenuous activities should not be performed for six weeks.
Breast Feeding After a Mastopexy
One potential outcome of a breast lift is the disruption of milk ducts.Although most women can successfully nurse after surgery, some may loose the ability to breast feed.
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