After childbirth or weight loss (or as part of the ageing process), the skin around the breast loses its elasticity and volume, causing the breast to droop. The aim of a breast lift is to make the breasts shapely with a youthful and perky appearance while repositioning the nipple to its former height.
There are many different techniques when it comes to a breast lift, but it is certainly not an operation where one size fits all. Dr Thendo will provide each patient with an individual approach to try and achieve the best possible results.
A breast lift is performed to restore firmness and a more aesthetically pleasing shape in breasts that are sagging. This improves the appearance of the patient, not only be restoring her youthful, feminine proportions but also by making bras and swimsuits fit more comfortably and attractively.
Most women opt for a breast lift after pregnancy and breastfeeding, as these factors can cause some unwelcome changes to the breasts, often leaving it stretched and saggy. A breast lift – done with or without implants – can undo these changes. Other reasons why women opt for breast lifts is to improve the breast contours after significant weight loss, as losing weight often causes the breast to lose volume, as well as to simply enjoy a beautiful perky breast shape.
By removing excess, stretched out skin, reshaping the breast tissue and raising the nipple & areola into a more forward position, a cosmetic surgeon can create a more youthful breast contour. Stretched, large areolae can also be reduced during breast lift surgery, creating an overall better proportioned, natural-looking breast.
It is important to avoid consuming any blood-thinning tablets for two weeks before and after the surgery, as the tablets can have an adverse effect on bruising. If you are a smoker, it is imperative that you stop smoking for four weeks before surgery and two weeks after, to avoid restricting the circulation of the skin. This applies to all smoking products, including inhalers and smoking prevention products.
Also, ensure that you arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery, as you will be unable to drive yourself.