What are these procedures?
These procedures are usually performed under general anaesthesia. In cases of smaller lifts or reductions, local or regional anaesthesia under sedation can be considered. The markings are done before the procedure, and the eventual scar and volume removed or replaced will be discussed with you.
How are these procedures performed?
The scar can be around the nipple, extend down the lower part of the breast, or involve a further incision near the inframammary fold. The decision as to which method to use and whether an implant is needed will be dependent on the amount of excess skin and the amount of lift and nipple elevation required. When breast tissue is removed, the remaining breast tissue will be maximized for form and function, with those undergoing the procedure often able to breastfeed after.
How is the recovery?
After the procedure, there may be mild pain and bruising which settles by a few weeks. The drains are removed after a few days, and there are usually no stitches that need to be removed. You will be asked to wear a support bra for the first few weeks after the procedure. You can get back to light exercise by 2 weeks after the procedure, and full exercise by 1 month after the procedure.