A breast lift, or mastopexy, restores youthful contour to the sagging breast. As a woman ages, her skin loses elasticity and the breast tissue loses its firmness. In this procedure, excess skin is removed, the nipple is raised to a higher position and the tissue is reshaped to create a more youthful breast.
Breast lift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Dr. Godat performs surgery only with an MD anesthesiologist. An RN monitors your recovery until you are ready to go home. Most patients return to work the week of surgery. Incisions are healed at three weeks. Swelling may take up to six weeks to resolve at which time final results may be seen. Areas of numbness may require up to a year to reinnervate.
The activity restrictions after surgery include no heavy lifting for three weeks and no swimming or taking a bath (showering is okay the day of surgery) for three weeks. After surgery, patients must wear a post-operative bra provided by Dr. Godat 24 hours a day for three weeks. Dr. Godat recommends walking the evening of surgery and for the days after surgery to prevent post-operative complications and to facilitate a better recovery. Narcotic pain medication is provided for the patient's post-operative needs.
Once the patient no longer requires these, she can resume driving and daily activities. The patient may return to work whenever she feels able as long as she abides by the post-operative activity restrictions, i.e. no heavy lifting. Most patients can return to work within a few days. A patient at the end of three weeks should be fitted for new bras. This will include bras with underwires as well as sports bras for any exercise activity. By the end of three weeks, the patient may resume regular activity and exercise. The patient should start her exercise routine slowly and work up to her previous full level of exercise by the sixth week. Scar care should also begin at three weeks. LINK TO SCAR CARE-> See Dr. Godat's scar regimen.
Your incision will require no post-operative care and no stitches or
drains need to be removed after surgery. Dr. Godat closes the incisions
with multiple layers of suture beneath the surface of the skin that
dissolve on their own. The outer layer is comprised of surgical glue
that peels off by the end of the third week. With use of the glue, the
incision requires no post-operative care or dressings.
Breast augmentation with silicone or saline implants in conjunction with the breast lift may be performed. Dr. Godat will discuss the options so you can achieve your goals.