Breast lift, also referred to as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that seeks to raise the breasts by getting rid of excess skin while tapering the adjacent tissues so as to restructure and support the new breast contour. In the United States, the number of women undergoing breast lift surgery has increased steadily since the year 2000, effectively out-pacing breast implants 2 to 1.
According to the statistics availed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2013, the average cost of a breast lift is pegged at $4,207 in the United States. However, breast lift surgery costs tend to vary. The figure released by the society does not include additional costs such as operating room facilities, anesthesia fees among other related costs.
Mostly, the surgeon fees depends on the experience and the type of procedure to be applied as well as the surgeon's geographical location. Other factors that might raise the average breast lift surgery cost include prescription for medication, medical tests and post surgery garments.
After being operated on, you can expect to wear a surgical bra or an elastic bandage over gauze dressings. Due to the incisions made during surgery, the breast will get bruises and swell for 24 to 48 hours. After removing the bandage, it's advisable that you wear a support or athletic bra until the swelling reduces. Avoid wearing an under-wire bra as this may cause irritation and blistering to the postoperative tissues and sutures found in the crease area.
The amount of pain after a breast lift surgery differs from one person to the other. However, most patients will experience soreness for 2 to 4 days after the surgery. You will experience the greatest pain in the first 48 hours but just like any other surgical procedure the pain will keep subsiding day after day and can be managed by use of medications.
The stitches may be removed after a fortnight. If the skin around the breasts is dry, a moisturizer can be used to keep it supple. Patients can return to normal work after a week but engaging fully in activities may have to wait for a month. The nipple might become numb but the sensation usually comes back to normal as you heal.
Most surgical procedures are known to have long term effects but that's not the case with breast lift surgery. As a matter of fact, the pain and numbness rarely goes past the recovery period. Unless the surgery included breast implants, you should be in a position to breast feed normally bearing in mind that the connecting glandular tissue of the areola and nipples are left untouched.
A breast lift will certainly improve the way your breasts appear. However, it is also worth noting that they won't be firm forever. As you advance in age, your skin's elasticity reduces and the breasts start sagging again. Moreover, the swelling of the breast tissue brought about by pregnancy or weight gain will lead to stretching of the breasts, thereby affecting their profile.