surgical procedure (part II)
A decision that a couple has to
is the second part of a two
part-article on mastopexy
and how can couples decide if and when
to have it.
Are the results permanent?
The result is long term. The effects of natural
aging, motherhood and
weight loss fluctuations will affect the look. For these reasons, the surgery is not recommended if you are planning to have kids.
Weight fluctuations are as bad as
pregnancy. When we
lose weight, we also lose fat
and this makes you look sagged and deflated. If you gain back the weight,
you may fill up but it most probably will not recover its previous
Your weight should be stable after the surgery to prolong the results. So if you are planning to lose weight, do it before the surgery, get to a weight you can realistically maintain, and try to keep it stable.
||Lift or implants?
For some patients, the doctors recommend to have
breast implants in addition to the
breast lift. This way the final result
will be much better. The cost, of course, goes up. You are having two procedures at the same time.
Can an implant do the lift?
According to some doctors, when the drooping is minor, an implant can easily
do the job making it look perkier. These cases are most common in case when
a woman has a
small cup. Dr. Bruck said that in some cases, when the patient has minor drooping and deflation, the implants actually look better than in a regular
breast augmentation surgery case, because the skin will not be stretched.
However, in women with more pronounced drooping, the doctor will need to do both procedures: lift and
How much does it cost?
The most common range for this surgery in the US is from $5,000 to $6,000.
The cost of the surgery depends on where you have the surgery and with whom. In large, expensive metropolitan areas such as New York or Los Angeles, it is more expensive than in inexpensive areas such as Nebraska. The cost of living affects the cost of the surgery. Also, the prestige of the doctor affects the cost of the surgery and this is no place to look for bargains. Some
plastic surgeons, who work with
models and celebrities and get featured television and the media, often charge higher fees for surgery.
Who is a good candidate for
According to most doctors, a woman in good health (emotional and physical) is a good candidate. The doctor will further review your clinical history and your family’s clinical history to determine if you are a good candidate.
Some people may have very unrealistic expectations of what they can get out of the surgery. Most plastic or elective surgeries tend to raise people’s
self esteem and make them feel better about themselves. But by itself a perkier, firmer
body will not make you happier, wealthier, or stop a
divorce or a
Who is not a good candidate?
Women who do not have perfect health, who have problems that may aggravate the risk from anesthesia or healing are often not good candidates. But remember that the doctor has the last word and this is only a general guideline.
One other aspect to consider is how your body heals. This is especially important in
this surgery, because of the visible scars. If you have a history of developing scars, you may develop larger than normal scars. Your doctor will evaluate the situation and recommend accordingly.
Smokers and plastic surgery
Smoking raises risks during surgeries, any surgery not only cosmetic surgery. You have to inform your doctor if you
smoke and you will be required to
stop smoking some time before the surgery. This is not a joke; you can die if you do not obey your doctor’s orders.
If you are nor willing to or
cannot stop smoking, you should be honest with your doctor and let him or her evaluate the situation.
Recovering after the surgery
You may experience bruising, swelling, discomfort, numbness and
dry skin in the days following the surgery. The scars will look pink and larger than they will eventually be. The doctor will give medication for the pain. The pain is not severe.
After the surgery you will wear a surgical bra or bandages. The doctor will review the result a few days after and remove the bandages. After this you may wear a special
support bra for a few weeks.
All surgeries have risks. Besides the regular plastic surgery
risks, some of the other risks are
visible scars, infection, bleeding,
and loss of sensation.
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