Generally, women choose this procedure to improve sagging (often an unwanted side-effect of nursing) nipple position, breast contour, or size asymmetry. It can be done in conjunction with breast reduction or enhancement to achieve each patient’s particular goals. Surgically removing excess skin and reshaping results in an improved position and shape.
Sometimes minimal sagging can be corrected without the placement of an implant and other times, it only requires an implant. Again and as always, it depends on each woman’s situation and desires.
A variety of skin products and laser techniques are available that may improve the appearance of scars.
An incision is made around the nipple area and along the lower part of the breast. Skin is removed, the breast is repositioned upwards by partially freeing it from the skin. The skin is then tightened around the breast tissue with sutures.
All instructions are individualized according to need.
The breast(s) is gently bandaged; sometimes a bra is required. Dressings are removed after 2-3 days and reapplied as necessary.
Initial discomfort is controlled with oral medication.
Sutures are usually removed in 7-10 days.
The breasts are not iced because the cold reduces blood flow to the skin and risks compromising healing.
Light activities can be resumed as tolerated.