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Am I Suitable for Breast Lift Surgery?
If you are physically healthy and your weight is stable, if you do not smoke, if you have realistic expectations, if you think your breasts have sagged or lost their shape and fullness, if your nipples have sagged downward, if they and the brown area around them now face downward, if the skin is tense and the brown area around the nipple is wide, and if one breast is smaller than the other, then you are a suitable candidate for breast lift surgery.

The Operation

In cosmetic breast lift surgery, sagging breast tissue is reshaped and excess skin removed. The nipple is brought to an appropriate location. The operation is carried out under local anesthesia in an operating theater under hospital conditions. It lasts 1.5-2 hours. Various forms of scarring may result, depending on the degree of sagging. No matter what technique is employed, scarring around the nipple is inevitable. If breast lift surgery is performed by making an incision around the nipple, the scar around the nipple will be more evident. In other forms of breast lift surgery, in addition to a scar around the nipple, there may be a scar some 4-5 cm in length extending downward from the middle part of the lower edge of the nipple. In suitable patients, sagging can be eliminated by inserting a breast implant alone. In that case the scar is hidden where the brownish skin of the nipple meets the white skin of the breast and is minimal. There is no breast lift operation that does not leave a scar. However, while these scars are prominent at first they gradually become indistinct.

After Surgery
The period after surgery is generally comfortable. Pain does not usually create a problem. If a breast implant is used during surgery arm movements may be restricted for a few days. A bra-like bandage is applied over the breast. A separate dressing is placed over the nipple. The dressing is opened or monitored after 1 day. If biodegradable sutures are used there is no need to remove them. Patients wear a sports bra for 6 weeks and massage is recommended. Swelling may develop in the early stage, and there may be lack of sensation around the nipple and a purplish skin discoloration. These quickly disappear of their own accord.

Resuming Normal Life
Patients can return to work in 3-4 days, but are advised to avoid strenuous sports for two months. Cosmetic breast lift surgery generally gives good and permanent results, and raises the individual's and her partner's spirits, thus enabling them to get more out of life. The newly shaped breast is long-lasting, although weight changes, pregnancy, breastfeeding and gravity can all lead to further sagging.