If you are considering a breast lift or a breast reduction, you may have some questions. Which surgery is right for you and your specific issues? Which procedure is the best option if your skin is pulled, and your breasts feel too soft? What if they sag, hang low, and your nipples point down, even a good bra is only a temporary solution. So, do you need a breast lift or a breast reduction?
There are many reasons why breasts sag. It is a common issue many women struggle with for a variety of reasons. It could be from breastfeeding or weight gain or weight loss. But, it also could be because your breasts are very large and gravity has taken its course. If you need a breast reduction, the breast lift surgery is just part of it. Consult with your doctor before you undergo any procedure.
When you have a breast lift, no tissue is removed. The incision is made, and the breast tissue is reshaped. Then the skin is pulled tight over the breast tissue, and the nipple is moved up so that it is forward facing. Once the incisions are healed, your breasts are firm, high and perky, and much more youthful in appearance than before the procedure.
Breast reduction is done the same way as a breast lift. The main difference is that some breast tissue is removed to make the breast lighter. However, there are many benefits from a breast reduction if you are struggling with back pain or other issues related to sagging breasts.
Here are a few:
- It reduces the pull on the back or upper neck
- Improves posture
- Lessens the chance of skin rashes or skin irritation
- Improves self-confidence
- Allows for more clothing choices
Whether you have a breast reduction or a breast lift, the time it takes is about the same. You will be in surgery for 2-3 hours. Then you will go to recovery for about an hour. After that, you will be sent home with specific instructions which you should follow exactly. Each patient’s recovery time is different, so it is critical to listen to your doctor and take care of yourself properly after surgery.
For the first 2-3 days, you should have someone to assist you.
You should stay on your back when you sleep, using pillows to prop you up.
You should be able to go back to work, (if you have a less strenuous job) in 1-2 weeks. You should avoid sexual activity for 2 weeks. After 3-4 weeks, you can resume normal activity, but avoid lifting anything over 20 pounds. If you must lift something or someone of that weight, keep your elbows close to the body.
You should be healed in about 6-weeks. Be sure to make all your post-op appointments and share your questions or concerns with the doctor.
Your doctor is the one who can advise which surgery is best for you. They are also the one that can spot potential problems easiest. Make sure you see them when he or she wants to see you. Do not assume that because you feel fine, you do not need to follow-up. That could be a big mistake for your recovery.