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Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Q. Am I a candidate?

A: A Breast Lift is usually performed on women between the ages of 18 and 65.  A basic history and physical is performed at the initial consultation, which quickly and easily determines the underlying health of the patient.  After this initial evaluation, the doctor will discuss candidacy with each individual patient.

Q. Will I need an implant?

A: If you wish to have more breast volume and size along with the lifted appearance, you will need an implant (see Breast Augmentation).  This is one of the most commonly performed procedures here at the Philadelphia Surgi Center.  When breast volume has been lost following pregnancy and breast feeding, volume replacement is accomplished with an implant placed during the lift procedure.

Q. How long will I be out of work?

A: Patients usually require 1 full workweek off following a breast lift.  This procedure is performed under general anesthesia as directed by our board certified anesthesiologists, here at the Philadelphia Surgi Center.  As a result, patients feel tired and worn out for a few days after surgery.  No lifting over 10 pounds should be performed until 1 full month after surgery.

Q. When can I return to the gym?

A: At 1 month, patients can begin to exercise the chest muscles. Most patients will actually begin to exercise their legs and abdomen as early as 2 weeks.  As long as you discuss your exercise plans with the doctor, a safe regimen can be “worked out”.

Q. What kind of pain can I expect?

A: Most women experience more of a pressure sensation and any pain is usually associated with the liposuction performed in the bra fold region.  Often, ice and acetaminophen are all that is required for pain relief. Prescriptions for appropriate pain medicine are written during the pre-operative visit.

Q. What scars will result from the procedure?

A: The skin of the breast including the nipple and areola supports excellent healing. Contrary to popular belief, the nipple is not removed during breast lift surgery.  The incisions required to create a “lifted” cosmetic appearance result in scars that exists only below the areola.  Therefore, low cut neck lines and bathing suits can still be worn after breast lift procedures.

Q. Do I still get mammograms?

A: Absolutely.  Special techniques are used by the mammographer to assure a complete radiographic evaluation.  Continue to see your primary doctor and gynecologist with the appropriate age related evaluations.

Q. Can I breastfeed?

A: Yes.  No change in the ability to breastfeed has been related to breast lift.  Eighteen percent of new mothers cannot breast feed for a multitude of reasons related to both the mother and the child.  This procedure in no way changes that percentage.

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