Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Plastic Surgery
Procedure: Raise and reshape sagging breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning remaining tissue and nipples.
Length: one to three hours.
Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general..
In/outpatient: Usually outpatient. Sometimes inpatient.
Side effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, discomfort, numbness, dry breast skin; permanent scars.
Risks: Thick, wide scars; skin loss; infection; unevenly positioned nipples; permanent loss of feeling in nipples or breast.
Recovery: Back to work: one week or more. Strenuous activities: one month. Fading of scars: several months to a year.
Duration of results: Variable; gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight changes may cause new sagging. Results may last longer or be enhanced when breast implants are inserted as part of the procedure.
|Preoperative appearance||Operative markings||After resection of skin only|
|Closure of wounds||Postoperative appearance|
Actual patient photographs available at time of consult.