8 Truths and Falses to Know Before Breast Lift Surgery


Are you considering breast lift surgery? If you answered yes, this blog post is most likely not the first or final time you've read about the problem. However, you should be aware that there are numerous misconceptions about cosmetic operations online, and it can be difficult to separate myths from realities.

The Truths:

1. A breast lift is different than a breast augmentation.  

TRUE! Breast augmentation adds volume to the breast, whereas a breast lift elevates the entire breast to a more youthful position. This means that the nipples point forward rather than downward.

A breast lift can also be done with an augmentation, allowing an implant to be placed while the breast is lifted. Many women select this to improve their breast shape and restore fullness in the upper portion of the breast. An implant fills the gap between your breasts and your push-up bra.

2. You might have drains.  

This may be true, but most plastic surgeons do not use drains. Drains are rarely used in breast lifts or breast lifts with augmentations. So do not worry about them. By the way, if you don’t know how to find a surgeon, you may try googling “top plastic surgeons near me”.

3. They are going to look bigger than expected.  

TRUE! They will for the first few weeks. This is caused by edema. Consult your plastic surgeon; they should always explain what to expect. Swelling is typical; swelling is expected after surgery.

4. Bras. Your surgeon will put you into a post-surgical bra.  

TRUE! If this is comfortable, maintain wearing it; it helps to minimize edema. If this is not comfortable, get one from Target or Kohl's without an underwire (the underwire will rub against your incisions and cause pain). Find one that gives support without severe compression. Do not overspend on bras for the first six weeks. Your breasts have grown and will change. After you've healed, save your money to get new, stylish bras.

The Falsehoods:

5. They are going to cut your nipples off.  

FALSE! If the surgeon removed them entirely, they would lose their blood supply. They would no longer respond. They'd be unable to breastfeed the baby. The nipples are preserved on a pedicle, which is a blood supply system consisting of an artery and a vein that permits blood and oxygen to reach the nipple and areola. As a result, the nipple and areola rise, surrounded by breast tissue and soft tissue. The whole mound becomes elevated. There is no "cutting off"!

6. It is going to hurt.  

FALSE! Mastopexy is a relatively safe procedure, with most patients requiring only ibuprofen after the first few days. When paired with breast augmentation, women experience more pain. It feels like you exercised your pectoralis muscles extremely hard by performing a hundred push-ups or arm presses. When the implant is placed above the muscle, the soreness decreases. It all depends on the operation and your pain tolerance.

7. You will not be able to do anything for at least a week.  

FALSE! Most patients are up and walking within a few hours of surgery. Pain medications that treat inflammation, edema, and nerve pain effectively alleviate the soreness. As a result, patients are very comfortable going around. Indeed, surgeons advise against heavy lifting, pushing, tugging, yoga, Pilates, marathon training, P90X, and other similar activities for four weeks following surgery. Walking, cooking, shopping, and other regular tasks are just OK.

8. You won’t be able to lift your arms for a good two weeks.  

FALSE! Surgeons do nothing for the shoulder muscles. Your arms may feel heavy or tight just after surgery, but you should be able to lift them. Otherwise, your shoulders can “freeze” into that position via non-use and then it becomes hard to move them at all. Although frozen joints are more common in the elderly, they can also occur in young women. A frozen shoulder can be released with physical therapy and, in certain cases, arthroscopic surgery. So, kindly do yourself a favor by moving your shoulders following surgery!

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