It’s not uncommon for women to consider breast lift or breast augmentation surgery to help achieve their ideal body figure. Improving the size or shape of your breasts can help you look beautifully proportioned—and feel more comfortable in your skin!
If you’re one of the many patients who is considering breast surgery, Dr. Lazarus and staff are here to answer questions and share what you should know before making the final decision.
Each Procedure Is Unique
All bodies are different, and that’s why plastic surgery procedures such as breast lifts and breast augmentation are so unique.
A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, helps bring a desirable shape, firmness and position to a patient’s breasts. This surgery is especially beneficial for women whose breasts have begun to sag because of nursing, pregnancy or other natural factors. Since the amount of skin removed and nipple placement are based on goals, the number and location of incisions varies by patient.
For breast augmentation, or breast enlargement, implants are used to increase the size of a patient’s breasts. This procedure is much more goal-oriented, as patients have the option to choose their desired cup size and whether they prefer saline or silicone gel implants. Like breast lifts, each surgery varies by patient depending on where incisions are placed and how many are necessary.
Overall, be patient with your procedure—and the aftermath! If you have friends who felt back to normal in a couple of days, don’t expect your post-surgery experience to pan out the same exact way. No two procedures are performed the same, and this is something to also keep in mind when it comes to recovery.
Recovery Time Is Required
No matter if you opt for a breast lift or breast augmentation, you should expect to feel sore and tired for about one week. Medication will be prescribed to help with discomfort, however, you should still plan to stay home from work for that week of recovery. Movement will be limited, and physical exercise is not recommended for a few weeks after surgery.
Not allowing yourself enough time to heal can be harmful to you and result in the need for another surgical procedure. Please make sure you pencil in the appropriate amount of downtime if you decide to undergo breast surgery!
You Don’t Have to Make the Decision Alone
Dr. Lazarus is available to meet with you for a consultation if you are interested in breast augmentation or a breast lift. Our staff will recommend the best surgical option, address the pros and cons of each implant type and outline a customized treatment plan.