Expected Postoperative Course
There will be some associated swelling and bruising secondary to the surgery. The breasts will take some time to settle and relax into a more natural position. This process takes several weeks and it is important to understand that you will only be able to assess your results after this healing period. Dr. Simon will recommend appropriate scar treatments. Dr. Simon typically places all sutures internally which has several benefits for his patients. The scars are of the best quality possible and there is less discomfort as there is no need for painful suture removal. In addition, this allows patients to shower quickly after surgery, typically after the first postoperative visit.
Nipple sensation may be altered postoperatively and this may take weeks to months to return to normal. Rarely, there is a permanent change in sensitivity.
The subject of risks and potential complications of surgery is best discussed on a personal basis between you and Dr. Simon at the time of your consultation.
Some of the potential complications that may be discussed with you include bleeding, infection and reactions to anesthesia. Following a breast lift, sometimes the breasts may not be perfectly symmetrical or the nipple height may vary slightly. Minor adjustments often can be made at a later time. Permanent loss of sensation in the nipples or areas of breast skin may occur rarely.
Long Term Results
The goal of breast lift surgery is to make your breasts firmer and more uplifted including repositioning your nipple and areola into a more aesthetically pleasing location.
The incisions from your breast lift surgery will heal and fade over time. It is important to realize, however, that the incision lines will be permanently visible. In some instances, they will eventually be only faint lines. Certain individuals may have incision lines that are more noticeable. Fortunately, the incisions for your breast lift are in locations easily concealed by clothing, even low-cut necklines.
Unless you gain or lose a significant amount of weight or become pregnant, your new breast shape should remain fairly constant. However, gravity and the effects of aging will eventually alter the size and shape of virtually every woman’s breasts. If, after a period of years, you again become dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, you may choose to undergo a second breast lift procedure to restore their more youthful contour and appearance.