Your breast lift will be performed at a hospital, or a surgeon’s clinic, and usually doesn’t require an overnight stay. A breast lift can take between one and a half and three and a half hours and you will be put under general anaesthetic during the procedure. In some cases where little skin needs to be removed, the breast lift procedure can be performed with a local anaesthetic and a sedative.
There are different techniques that can be used, but the surgery usually begins with the surgeon making a cut underneath your breast, which follows the natural curve of the breast. He then makes another cut, which runs from the nipple down towards the bottom of the breast. In all types of breast lift surgery excess skin is removed and the skin and nipple are repositioned to result in breasts that are firm and lifted. Where the surgeon makes his incisions will depend on the type of breast lift surgery you are having. This will also determine where your scars will be placed. This will all have been discussed at your consultation. Stitches are usually put in around the areola, in a line running downwards from the nipple area, and along the lower crease of the breast.