A Walk Through Breast Lift Surgery
Are you looking for a breast lift in Newport Beach, CA? Are you thinking of getting a breast lift and you’re wondering, “What should I expect throughout the procedure and recovery?” There are a lot of myths about cosmetic surgery, and it can be hard to know exactly what should happen at each stage of the process. From your initial consultation to your recovery, our team is committed to telling you everything you should expect before you make the decision to get cosmetic surgery with Doctor Garrett Wirth!
The first consideration is whether or not you even need a breast lift. Many say that if you are unsure about needing a breast lift, a good test is to position a pencil under your breasts and see if it stays there or not. If it stays, you may be a good candidate for a breast lift. Dr. Wirth has heard many women discuss how many pencils can be held there! “This is not an official classification system”, states Dr. Wirth. This is why it is important to consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon first.
Next comes the initial consultation. Women can get a breast lift at nearly any age if they want one, depending on their overall health and anatomy. In your consultation, you will discuss with Dr. Wirth what your goals are for surgery. A great way to show Dr. Wirth what you may be looking for is to bring in pictures of breasts that you desire. Sometimes this can help the surgeon to know if a breast lift is all that you are seeking. Breast lifts won’t change the size of your breast or make the upper part of your breasts significantly rounder. If these are results you are seeking, then you might consider adding a breast reduction (for smaller size) or breast augmentation (for larger size and more upper pole fullness) to your breast lift. These are options you should discuss with Dr. Wirth. Another important topic during your consultation involves your insurance coverage, as many insurances will not cover a breast lift unless it is for a mastectomy reconstruction. Dr. Wirth and his team will work with you to help you understand all of your options.
Surgery is generally done on an outpatient basis, meaning you will go home the same day of surgery. Dr. Wirth will discuss some possible complications and risks with you before surgery, but the main complications are usually bleeding, infection, or scarring. These are still low risk though for most patients. He will also help you understand the many benefits of this procedure as well as your expected scar patterns, which are very similar to the scar patterns of breast reduction procedures.
After surgery, many women experience a rather rapid recovery period. Most people are expected to refrain from significant physical activities for up to 4-6 weeks, and Dr. Wirth will help you get back to full activities as fast as possible, based on your recovery. It is important that you have a plan for this prior to surgery. No one wants to have a “crisis” on their hands after surgery because they forgot about abstaining from physical activity. You will have follow up visits with Doctor Wirth after surgery, which will vary based on your specific recovery. During these visits, Dr. Wirth will change your bandages and remove any drains if they were placed at your surgery. The team will also check your nipples for color and blood supply. In your next few checkups, Dr. Wirth will begin to decide how soon you are able to return to normal activities. As time passes, you will continue to see the size and shape of your breasts improve into the final shapes and positions. Revision procedures are rarely necessary, but are a minor possibility.
Now you know more of what to expect throughout the process of getting your breast lift. We also hope you are now better able to decide if this is a procedure you desire. Make sure to remember that the most important part is that you take every step with Dr. Garrett Wirth, a top plastic surgeon in Orange County who is Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.