Lifting the breasts is often warranted when excess skin forces them to hang lower than what would be considered normal. A breast lift can also correct an enlarged areola and downward-facing nipples if affected.
Breasts tend to lose their elasticity for several reasons, the most common being the natural ageing process, pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight gain. Over time, ligaments in the breasts that usually support the tissues begin to stretch, resulting in sagging or what is known as ptosis.
During your initial consultation with Dr Ritz, he will discuss your concerns and what sort of out come you would like. He will discuss your medical history such as any past surgery or medical conditions we need to be aware of and any medication you take, he will discuss lifestyle factors such as what you do for work and exercise. He will assess you to ensure you are a suitable candidate, and will then determine the best course of treatment. There are different options for this procedure, he will explain them and advise which he feels is best for you. He will discuss the risks associated with this procedure, there are risks associated with any surgery no matter how big or small, it is important you are aware of them and understand them. Once you
have seen him you will see his Personal Assistant Georgie, she will discuss the costs and booking procedures.
Depending on the hospital you are in, you will arrive for surgery 30 minutes to two hours before your procedure is scheduled to begin. You will see Dr Ritz during this time who will draw markings to indicate where he will place incisions. An anaesthetist will also greet you and explain how and what will happen once the anaesthetic is administered.
With a breast lift, an incision is often made around the areola that travels down to the fold of the breast. Dr Ritz will then remove the excess skin and fat, allowing him to reposition the remainder of the breast. Once he has achieved an ideal placement and symmetry, Dr Ritz will close your incisions and insert drains, which will remove any fluid after your procedure.
After your procedure, you will be required to stay overnight in hospital in order for your drains to be monitored. Once 24 hours have passed and Dr Ritz is satisfied with how you’re progressing, the drains will be removed and you will be permitted to go home. You will need someone to drive you home from the hospital, so arrange that in advance.
Depending on what you do for work you will require anywhere from 2-6 weeks off. You are unable to drive for the first 2 weeks. You are also limited with physical activity, including heavy lifting and going to the gym which you cannot do for the first 6 weeks. You will be given detailed post operative care instructions prior to surgery.
**Individual results will vary based on factors such as genetics, age, diet and exercise. The outcome experienced by one person do not necessarily reflect the outcomes that other people may experience.
All surgery carries risks. These risks include but are not limited to bleeding, infection, scarring, pain, numbness, asymmetry. All surgery requires a recovery period and post operative care. This will be all discussed in further detail during your consultation**
Morris Ritz is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon
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