Breast lift surgery: all you need to know
Breast lift surgery is a procedure in which the surgeon eradicates excess skin of the breast and reshapes it properly, maintaining the function of breastfeeding, areolae site, and nipple sensation. If the breasts are too big, some excess fat may be removed (reduction) during the surgery, while in the opposite case the surgeon may implant fat tissue of the same patient or an implant (augmentation) to obtain larger breasts.
Why breast lift surgery?
After recurrent pregnancies, the ligaments (bonds) that assist in holding breasts may extend as breasts become fuller and heavier. Furthermore, as the woman gets older, the skin of the breast becomes less flexible and gradually begins to stretch especially in the women who have large and heavy breasts, or in case of weight change. Gravity in long term may cause stretching in the breasts.
Breast lift surgery is mainly a cosmetic surgery (except the cases of reconstructive surgery). It aims to restore your chest roundness, improve your appearance, and give you more self-confidence
How is breast lift surgery performed?
This surgical procedure aims to regain natural contour and size with the least amount of visible scars. This aim can be achieved by cutting off the excess skin, and/or compensate for the lost volume. There are many types of mastopexy surgery according to the breast lift incision types, which often connect with the quantity of lift achieved.
You may benefit from having the surgery to ask for breast reduction or augmentation at the same time.
Before breast lift surgery, the surgeon locates the site of the nipples. In most patients, the nipple location is at or slightly above the inframammary fold.
The surgery may be done in a clinic as an outpatient or in a hospital under local or general anesthetic in most cases, where the patient may discharge from the hospital on the same day of operation. Generally, the duration of the procedure ranges between 2-3 hours.
The surgeon makes, for instance, an incision around the areolae with another vertical incision toward the inframammary fold (3-5 cm above it). He/she may extend the incision left and right as an inverted T letter. This position enables the surgeon to cut off the extra skin and to do the breast lift without breast implants or to support breast lift with breast implant (augmentation) if it is necessary. If the breast is large, the surgeon may cut off some of the fat tissues and reduce its size as he/she performs the breast lift surgery with breast reduction.
After reshaping the breast, the surgeon may make inner dissolvable stitches and another layer of external stitches in addition to placing a drain, and put surgical tape over the surgery area.
Who is a good candidate for breast lift surgery?
You are a good candidate for breast lift surgery if:
- Your general health is good and your weight is stable
- You are very annoyed of the shape and volume of your breast
- Your breasts are elongated and pendulous
- Your nipples are downward the breast crease when you don’t wear a bra
- Your nipples and areolas are extremely downward
- You have an over wrinkle skin and your areolae are larger than usual
- You have one breast that is longer than the other
Breast lift surgery recovery and post-operative care
During the first stage of mastopexy recovery, the bandages will cover your breasts. You will wear a surgical bra for several days after the operation and you may later put on a lift breast tape.
Swell and bruising will remain for two weeks, and you will suffer some pain around the incision. You may also feel numbness in your nipples, areolae, and breast skin for about six weeks.
Some analgesics are necessary during the mastopexy healing. Be careful about having hard activities like bending and lifting. It is recommended to avoid that, to sleep on your back, and to resume your daily activity according to your mastopexy recovery tips.
Breast lift drain removal will be done in a few days, and you may then wear a soft support bra. While stitch may last for two weeks, you will need to take one to two weeks off work for a breast lift recovery time, though the full recovery may need two months.
What are the common risks and side effects of breast lift surgery?
Breast lift surgery is a safe procedure. However, there are some risks and side effects like any other surgery, such as bleeding, infection, reaction to anesthesia and other material. But there are some breast lift healing problem like:
- Scarring: Though scars will be It will generally become less hard and grow faint. You can conceal it by bra and bathing suits.
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation: Usually, the sensation will return during several weeks, however, some lack of sensation may be perpetual, while the erotic sensation remains intact.
- Irregularities in the shape and size of the breasts: It is sometimes difficult for the surgeon to achieve complete symmetry, especially when augmentation goes with breast lift. However, experienced plastic surgeons can achieve the best possible symmetry between the breasts.
- Partial or total necrosis of the nipples or areolae because of the tension that may happen as a result of surgery.
- Difficulty in breast-feeding: Most women have no problem in breast-feeding after breast lift surgery, but a few do not produce sufficient milk for their babies.
- Seromas and hematomas.
However, most of these mastopexy side effects are temporary, and an experienced surgeon may prevent and lessen them as far as possible to offer excellent mastopexy outcomes.
Breast Lift Surgery Cost in Iran
The cost of a breast lift surgery in Iran is very low in comparison with other countries. The cost may vary between $2,000 and $3,000 according to the city, hospital, and surgeon. Of course, when the surgeon performs breast lift surgery with reduction or augmentation surgery, the mastopexy cost will increase, where the cost of breast lift with augmentation in Iran varies between $2,800 and $3,200 according to the implant type, while the cost of breast lift with reduction is about $2,200. This is while the breast lift price range in USA may differ between $9,000 and $16,000 according to the city, hospital and surgeon.
The low cost does not mean a low grade of medical service. On contrary, Iran offers special medical services especially in cosmetic fields, due to their well-equipped hospital, and highly experienced surgeons.
The low cost is mainly because of the cheap currency. The visitor may benefit from their medical service. So, if you are searching for a quality and low-cost breast lift surgery alone or with reduction/ augmentation surgery, AriaMedTour will lead you through the breast lift journey of coming to Iran, acquiring your visa, transfer, accommodation, interpretation, and arranging your appointment with the surgeon and the procedure in distinct hospitals. This is offered in addition to visiting some cultural, religious memorial to know more about Iran.