Most patients anticipate to see a substantial improvement in their breast size for at least 10 years following a breast lift procedure. However, it should be pointed out that whether you get a breast lift because of an injury or because of the onset of post-menopausal issues, breast enlargement can be affected by weight fluctuations. In addition, some women are just naturally more generous than other women and have more natural breast tissue. Regardless of which reason is the most important, it’s essential to be honest with your cosmetic surgeon when it comes to breast size. There are ways, however, to bring about a larger natural appearance while still maintaining a proportionate or balanced appearance.
When you schedule your first consultation, you will be able to discuss whether or not you will need general anesthesia for your procedure. While the majority of procedures require only local anesthesia, your surgeon may recommend general anesthesia for your breast lift surgery. General anesthesia is safer for you and your doctor, and often leads to quicker healing times. Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon if he recommends general anesthesia for the procedure since this will determine how long you’ll be out of bed. If you do get general anesthesia, keep in mind that you must stay in the hospital for the entire period of time following your procedure. Sometimes it’s possible to go home during the day, but most patients will be required to stay in the hospital on the same day of the procedure.
Two weeks prior to your breast lift surgery, you should visit the physician to set up a general anesthesia schedule. He or she will tell you when the general anesthesia will be necessary so that you can prepare for it. Two weeks is generally a long enough period of time between scheduling your procedure and actually going under the knife for the procedure. During your consultation with your surgeon, you will be able to discuss which anesthesia he or she prefers and why. Most doctors prefer the use of local anesthesia because it is less invasive, takes less time to set up and, although there are risks involved, is much less likely to cause complications.
Your second consultation with your surgeon will consist of more of an information session. During this consultation, you will be able to ask questions pertaining to your case. This will also be the chance to ask about your surgical options and to discuss with your doctor things that you may not have discussed during your initial consultation. You can expect your plastic surgeon to ask about the risks involved in your particular breast lift surgery and about the risks associated with performing the surgery at your home or at another location. You can also expect him or her to give you some information regarding the pre-and post-operative care that you will need.
Your third and final consultation with your cosmetic surgeon will consist of your actual breast lift surgery. During this time, your cosmetic surgeon will be able to examine your chest, take measurements and evaluate your breast tissue. He or she will be able to recommend a specific incision placement based on the size and shape of your chest. Next, he or she will make anesthetic decisions, such as whether or not you should wear a support bra, how you will be sedated and what anesthetic option you should use for your final procedures. You can expect the surgery to last approximately two hours.
Your breast lift surgeon will take many factors into consideration before making his or her recommendation. Your specific case will play a large role in the surgeon’s recommendations. A highly experienced plastic surgery doctor who has performed countless breast lift surgery will likely have a very good idea of the best procedure for your individual situation. Make sure you meet with several surgeons before making your decision. Meet with more than one in order to get a full understanding of the different techniques, benefits and risks involved with each procedure. For more information about a breast lift in Santa Monica click here.
Reza Nabavian MD
2001 Santa Monica Blvd #1180
Santa Monica, CA 90404