What Is Breast Reduction and Lift Surgery?
Breast reduction and breast lift (mastopexy) are two procedures to reshape the breasts that are often performed together. Breast reduction involves removing a portion of the fat gland and reshaping the breast, while a breast lift aims at reshaping the breast by removing excess skin.
Practiced for many years, both of these procedures aim at improving the shape and symmetry of the breasts. Breast reduction facilitates daily activities, including practicing sports, while the breast lift is a cosmetic procedure.
Your provincial health insurance may cover costs for breast reduction. Discuss this with your surgeon to learn more on the subject.
Avoid taking Aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs two weeks before and one week after surgery, to keep bleeding to a minimum during and after the operation.
The day of the operation, wear comfortable clothing that is easy to put on. Do not wear makeup or jewelry. Any allergies should be mentioned to your doctor before surgery.
Any medications you are taking and whether you are a smoker should also be mentioned to your doctor before the operation. In fact, there’s a greater incidence of operating risk or poor healing among smokers than non-smokers.
Wash with a disinfectant soap when you take your bath or shower the day before and the day of the operation.
Your surgeon will prescribe the necessary pain medication to relieve pain during the first few days following the procedure.
At first, you must avoid moving your arms too much. You should sleep on your back or on your side. Your daily activities may be resumed after a few weeks.
Some superficial bruises will usually go away after two or three weeks; any numbness of the nipples is also only temporary.
It may take up to a full year for the incisions to heal fully. Creams with a Vitamin E base can promote the healing process.
While rare, some complications can arise following plastic or cosmetic surgery.
Here is a list of the complications that could occur: