The natural process of aging, pregnancy, and genetics can all affect how much a woman's breasts droop or sag. Some degree of drooping is inevitable for all women. But suppose you're a woman who is dealing with significant drooping or sagging of your breasts and it is making you miserable. In that case, Dr. Zenn can help restore your former youthful, natural breast position by performing a breast lift surgery ("Mastopexy"). Dr. Zenn has served the Raleigh, NC, area and beyond for over 25 years. He is an internationally renowned plastic surgeon with expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery.
Breast Lift 101
As women age, skin stretches due to the loss of skin elasticity. And while we may notice these changes more on our faces or hands, a woman's breasts experience the same changes. Now combine the loss of skin elasticity and gravity. The weight of the breasts accelerates the droop and sag, sometimes to an unrecognizable position. Significant weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and genetics can also add to these changes. The bigger they are, the harder they fall!
A breast lift restores sagging breasts to their former shape and position. During a breast lift procedure, Dr. Zenn will remove excess skin and breast tissue from the breasts, lifting the breasts and repositioning the nipple to a more natural, elevated location on the breast mound. This plastic surgery procedure's recovery time is much shorter than most people might expect.
Breast Lift Recovery Process
Recovering from a breast lift surgery procedure is surprisingly easy, with most patients returning to work within a week. One can easily hide any swelling or bruising that may still be present. And pain is not an issue! Swelling may take up to 4 months to completely subside before you see your final results. If you follow Dr. Zenn's instructions, your recovery time will be much smoother, and you could see final results as soon as two months.
Typically, this is how the breast lift recovery time progresses:
You will be placed into a soft bra with light compression when you awaken from surgery. This bra will be removed the next day when you see Dr. Zenn. You will shower that day and continue wearing a sports bra for two weeks, 24/7. During these first two weeks after a breast lift, women will likely experience swelling and bruising as a part of their recovery. This can be limited by minimizing activities the first week and only light activities or work the second week. You must follow your doctor's instructions carefully and take all medications as prescribed. Most patients will get by on NSAIDs (Motrin, Aleve) and not require narcotics for more than a day or two. During these initial weeks of recovery, Dr. Zenn recommends that his breast lift patients sleep on their backs and avoid tummy and side sleeping. Some patients find a reclining chair to work well. Daily showering will keep your incision sites clean and prevent infection or complications. Patients should know that since it takes a few months or more before the swelling subsides, they cannot wear underwire bras until then. And you may not need to wear them ever again!
Want To Learn More?
If you are unhappy with how your breasts sag or droop, schedule a consultation with Dr. Zenn to learn more about the breast lift procedure. Dr. Zenn is the most experienced breast surgeon in the Raleigh area, having performed thousands of breast lift plastic surgeries (and complex breast reconstructions while at Duke). Newsweek has named him as one of the top cosmetic breast surgeons in the country for three consecutive years. He is currently listed in the top 20 in the country.
Call Zenn Plastic Surgery at (919) 480-3885 to schedule your plastic surgery consultation