Breast lift and implant procedures are undertaken to improve the volume, shape and appearance of the breast. A breast implant is not sufficient alone if the tissue and structure holding the breast in place is stretched and drooping, as the desired result will not be achieved. A strong structure needs to be in place to support the implant and the appearance of the breast.
Breast lift surgery is used to assist correcting the breast by strengthening the elasticity in the breasts. This procedure is suitable for patients who are self -conscious about the volume of their breasts, this can be the result of pregnancy, weight loss, gravity, ageing and even genetics. A breast lift procedure is also undertaken by patients who would like to reduce the size of the areolae (pink area around the nipple). Breast implants are useful for patients that have undergone surgery relating to the breast area, increase self-confidence, correct deformities or genetic imperfections. The purpose of breast implant surgery is to enhance breast size including improving the shape, while restoring symmetry.
The surgery is conducted under general anaesthetic, with a duration time of up to three hours. Three incisions are made one around the areola (pink skin around nipple) the second incision is made vertically from the bottom of the areola to the crease under the breast. The final incision is made horizontally beneath the breast following the natural curve along the bottom of the breast. The surgeon uses the incision to remove the excess fat and skin from the breast into a natural, lifted position. The areola and nipple are moved into their correct position, the nipple and areola remain attached to preserve sensation and the ability to breast feed. Each individual is different and therefore the surgical procedure will be adapted by the surgeon to meet the patient’s body type and desired results. The surgeon will explain the process specific to the individual patients need in the consultation. Patients are able to choose the type, size and shape of the implants to be inserted during the consultation with the surgeon. Round implants result in a fuller projection, and higher profile options can result in more projection. Anatomical or teardrop implants follow the natural shape of the breast. However, as they are not the same shape, there can be some concern regarding the implants moving, and requiring surgery to correct. Smooth breast implants are the most natural feeling and can move within the breast implant pocket, simulating natural movement. Smooth implants may have some visible rippling. Textured breast implants develop a protective lining around the breast implant that makes them less likely to move as well as less likely to cause capsular contracture. The breast implant procedure takes around one and a half hours. The surgeon creates a pocket in the breast tissue which is for the implant to sit in. The implant can be placed either underneath the muscle or directly behind the breast.
Following the surgery, the patient will be required to sleep on their back at a forty-five degree angle for the first week. The first three days following the surgery the patient can expect to be sore, swollen and bruised. The surgeon may also recommend wearing a compression garment throughout the initial recovery period. It may take more than two weeks to resume to daily activities however gentle movement and walking is encouraged to promote circulation. Strenuous activities are to be avoided until advised by the surgeon. Swelling and bruising will gradually settle in the weeks following the surgery. The scaring will take longer however will gradually fade over time. The sensation in the nipple, areola area may not return for up to a year following the surgery.
The results from a breast lift procedure should be long lasting. Excessive weight fluctuation or pregnancy could affect the longevity of the results of the breast lift. The sculpting of the breast tissue by the surgeon also helps keep the results intact. It is important to note that breast implants have a ten-year longevity.