If you’ve decided to undergo a breast enhancement procedure, you might be struggling to get started. You’re trying to figure out what the first thing to know about breast lift might be, but there’s so much information out there that you’re a bit overwhelmed. Knowing where to start–that first place to dig in–can help you get a toehold on your research and start making progress.
What’s the First Thing to Know About Breast Lift Surgery?
So where should you start? It depends on who you are, what you’re looking to achieve, and what stage of the process you’re at. For example, if you’ve been getting a lot of information from your surgeon, your own research process might start with before and after photos. But if you’ve never even heard of a breast lift before, you might have some basic research to do first.
Part of what makes all of the steps in these processes so challenging is that they are, by their nature, individualized. Your breast lift might be marginally but meaningfully different from your neighbor’s breast lift. And those differences mean that you have a unique road to travel through the breast lift process. What’s the first thing to know about breast lift? Well, that depends on you!
The First Thing to Know if You’re New to Plastic Surgery
If you’ve never undergone plastic surgery before, the first thing you should know about a breast lift is that this procedure will make permanent changes to your body. That’s not meant to sound intimidating. Rather, I simply mean to differentiate breast lift from common, temporary procedures that are, perhaps more famous.
Other than the simple fact that these changes will be permanent, it’s probably a good idea to know exactly what a breast lift is doing. This procedure:
- Is designed to reorient the breasts, returning them to a more youthful position
- May also reposition the nipples on the breast, depending on the extent of work done
- Can often make the breasts more self-supportive (at least, for some time)
- Attempts to make the breasts perkier and more youthful looking
Knowing the basic outlines of this procedure can help you get a handle on procedure and where you might have some concerns. The name of the breast lift procedure is indeed quite descriptive, but sketching out some of the details can really begin to illuminate the procedure.
Start with: What does a breast lift do?
The First Thing to Know About the Incision
Once you’ve gotten comfortable with the basic shape of a breast lift procedure, your next step might be thinking about how that procedure is performed. Almost every plastic surgery procedure is going to make an incision of some type, so it’s only natural that patients would be concerned about where the incisions for a breast lift procedure might be seen.
There are several different breast lift incision techniques available to patients. Not all of them are going to be equally invasive. However, the longer the incision, the more your surgeon is going to be able to change. That is, the more profound your breast lift transformation will be.
Basic Breast Lift Incisions
The basic types of breast lift incision are:
- Around the areola: This incision is the smallest, and any scarring is hidden by the change in color between your skin and your areola.
- Around the areola and down to the crease: This incision, often called a “lollipop incision” because, well, that’s how it looks, is among the most common breast lift incisions performed today.
- Around the areola, down the crease vertically, and out horizontally: This incisions is the most substantial, moving now only down but out. However, it does afford surgeons the most control over the surgical outcome.
You and your surgeon will spend time discussing which incision type is going to be best for you, so it’s not going to be an impulsive decision.
Remember the Recovery
Since we’re talking about incisions, it’s also worth pointing out that breast lift is a surgical procedure. Your recovery period might not be one of the first things you decide to research, but it should be on your agenda. Knowing how long you’re going to have to take it easy after your procedure can help you plan accordingly and, therefore, help ensure your results will look as great as possible.
Start with: What breast lift incision should I get?
Where You Start Depends on You
It’s also worth noting that the final place you can always start is simple: with a surgeon. A highly qualified plastic surgeon is going to be able to tell you exactly the type of work you need to have performed, and how that work might be accomplished. Knowing what you want ahead of time does have its advantages (for example, you can find a surgeon who specializes in that procedure or you can have a better idea of what your procedure will involve).
In many ways, then, the first thing to know about breast lift is simply this: do you want it? Even if the answer to that question is “maybe,” knowing how you feel can help guide the rest of your research.