Though the exact specifications of every breast lift procedure are dependent on the patient herself—her breast shape and size, her skin elasticity and the position of the areolas—the surgery largely follows the same general steps in every case.

If you’re considering getting a breast lift, it’s important to be familiar with these steps and to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your doctor before moving forward.

A breast lift procedure typically goes as follows:

  • Anesthesia—First, you are sedated via anesthesia. This is administered through an IV, usually in your arm or hand. The anesthesiologist will begin general anesthesia in which a breathing tube is placed and anesthesia is administered, allowing for a pain-free, constantly monitored anesthesia.
  • Incisions—Once you’re asleep, incisions are made on the breasts. Dr. Harris uses the vertical incision, which allows for elevation of the breast tissue and nipple position. This incision tightens and shapes the deep breast tissue and therefore allows for longer-lasting results than procedures that tighten only the skin. The peri-areolar and anchor incisions are not used because of potential severe scarring.
  • Reshaping—Next, the breasts are reshaped. The breast tissue is lifted, contoured and repositioned, and the nipple and areola are moved higher on the breast. Breast skin is removed to tighten the breast contour.
  • Closing up—Finally, the incisions are closed with stitches. The sutures are typically dissolvable. Scars are red at first but will fade with time. Some patients’ scars fade over several months, and some take over a year to fade. The timing is dependent on each person’s genetics and history. Surgeons do their best to minimize visible scarring whenever possible.

After this, you are left to wake up from your sedation. You will then have a recovery period in which you will likely need to use a support bra or an elastic bandage. This will keep swelling to a minimum and help you feel more comfortable as you heal. You will also need to follow up with your plastic surgeon over the next couple of weeks to go over your results.

Want to learn more about a breast lift procedure? Then schedule a consultation with Dr. Harris at the Center for Cosmetic Surgery in San Antonio now.