This procedure is to lift sagging breasts and does not excise or add tissue. Typically, recipients are women who have had their nipple fall beneath the breast and had collapse of the breast tissue due to weight loss, aging, or pregnancy. Elevation of both the nipple and breast tissue results in a permanent, noticeable scar. In the months following surgery, the tissue may slightly sag again due to the skin’s tendency to settle, but sagging will be far from its original state.
Complications are very rare but may include nipple loss, infection, scarring, loss of nipple erectile ability, and nipple numbness. Numbness could potentially be permanent and could restrict ability to breastfeed in the future.
Surgery is performed on an out-patient basis under either local or general anesthesia and takes about two and a half hours. Discomfort following surgery is minimal, as sutures dissolve internally and dressings are removed in seven to ten days. Showering and bathing, along with driving, can be resumed after five to seven days. Physical activity should be limited for two to three weeks. Dr. Byun will schedule three or four post-operative appointments to monitor your recovery.