It's probably obvious that not everyone is interested in having a breastfeeding lift and not everyone is an ideal candidate. To determine if the surgery is for you, place a pencil under your bust. If it stays in place, you may want to consider proceeding the procedure.
There is no age limit for the surgery. The only requirement is that you must be fully developed. Since it is generally considered cosmetic in nature, the cost of this operation is not covered by insurance unless it is performed as part of a mastectomy reconstruction.
It can be done before or after pregnancy. Your ability to feed your child naturally will not be affected in any way.
One of the most common types of breast lift is a mastopexy, which is achieved by moving the nipple to a higher position. In most cases, no overnight hospital stay is required. It's strictly done on an out-patient basis.
The actual surgery is relatively simple. You have the option of choosing sedation or a generalized anesthesia, depending on how well you typically manage anxiety.
To begin the procedure, a mark is made on both sides of the chest, indicating where each nipple will go. The doctor removes any extra skin and lifts the breasts to their original location. If you've decided on the addition of implants, they are inserted at the same time.
Some doctors insert very small drains as well, which are removed within one to two days. Once the operation is finished your chest is banded to help reduce the possibility of injury or infection.
A breast lift is an extremely safe procedure, compared to other types of surgery. So much so that complications are quite rare. Beside infection, there is a slight possibility of scarring or bleeding.
However, following your doctor's post-operative instructions lowers the level of risk. These instructions will most likely include no smoking, no heavy lifting for four to six weeks and taking any and all antibiotics as described.
After approximately three weeks, stitches are removed. There may be a slight difference in the size and shape of each breast. It should be noted that this is a common occurrence that can be corrected with little difficulty.
As with any type of surgery, any unusual problems or side effects should have been reported to your physician immediately. Remember, it's always better to err on the side of caution.
After a few years, some women choose to have what is referred to as “touch up” surgery for the breast lift. It is an even simpler version of the original procedure. This will again improve the overall look of their bust and will make them feel more content with the image they see in the mirror.