Most patients plan to take one to two weeks off from work and routine activities following breast lift surgery. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home from surgery and assist you for the first 24 to 48 hours. Avoid bending, heavy lifting, and exercise for six to eight weeks or until cleared by Dr. Spies.
Patients usually experience some discomfort and swelling for the first week after surgery. Any pain can be managed with pain medication prescribed by Dr. Spies. A compression bra will also help the breasts conform to their new shape, reduce swelling, and provide significant comfort.
As with any surgical procedure, scars are unavoidable. In breast lift surgery, the tradeoff is very acceptable in that the scars are covered by bras and bathing suit tops while they fade. Scars with breast lift surgery are well-hidden within the folds of the skin or along the lines of pigmentation. Any visible scarring will fade significantly over time.
Many factors influence the cost of breast lift surgery, including the geographical location of the surgery, surgeon’s fee, and cost of anesthesia. The surgeon’s fee alone averages between $4,500 and $5,500.
The extent of your breast lift is determined by your breast size, the length from your breast crease to your nipple, the elasticity of your skin, and your own personal preferences. At times, breast implants are placed at the same time as a lift in order to enlarge the breasts and add upper fullness. During your consultation, you and Dr. Spies will discuss your options and decide together on the approach that will arrive at your ideal outcome.
Complications are very rare but can occur. The risks associated with breast lift surgery include but are not limited to the following: bleeding or hematoma formation, infection, poor healing of incisions, changes in nipple or breast sensation, breast contour and shape irregularities, breast asymmetry, fat necrosis, and fluid accumulation. Dr. Spies will review the risks with you during your consultation and answer any questions you may have.
Breast lift surgery provides long-lasting results but is not generally permanent, especially if you gain a significant amount of weight or become pregnant. At times, minor procedures performed in the office will help the results last longer.