A breast lift is a procedure that, rather than augmenting the breast by placing an implant in it, “lifts” the breast so that is appears less saggy. Its medical term is a mastopexy. Basically, the way the simple surgery works is that a few incisions are made near the bottom of the breast and excess skin and fat is removed, and then stitched back together so that the breast has less weight pressing down on it. This gives it a “higher” look, thus giving it the name a “lift,” though it doesn’t actually use artificial substances to life it any higher than it once was. It may be done with various other surgeries such as a breast augmentation, or it may even include an attempt to reshape the breast, but for the most part, it’s just the breast lift.
This is a relatively uninvasive procedure, even for plastic surgeries, in that the doctor isn’t spending too much time inside of you rooting around or implanting something. Meaning that it is somewhat safer. That said, there are always potential complications with surgery – someone is cutting you open, for Christ sake – and though in general, breast lift recovery is no more than taking antibiotics and waiting for the scar wounds to heal – there are possible negative side effects to getting a breast lift.
Some of these include bad reactions to the anesthesia, which is always a danger. This is a general anesthesia procedure, meaning that you get the anesthesia administered through a gas or an IV and it applies over your entire body. As such, it’s more dangerous than localized anesthesia. Since anesthesiologists are highly paid professionals, they rarely make mistakes, but this could potentially kill you. You will talk to the anesthesiologist about your medical history ahead of time so they can know what procedures you should and shouldn’t go through.
Anesthetic reactions are rare, however. The most common complication is an infection, which happens any time you have any surgery, or any time you cut yourself, really. Chances are, this will be factored into your breast lift recovery program, and will likely include taking some some sort of antibiotic or rubbing an antibiotic on the cuts occasionally. If you choose not to do this, you could potentially get an infection. Usually, this will cause a fever and some other nastiness, but isn’t particularly life threatening, and can be taken care of with basic antibiotics.
There is also the possibility that your wounds won’t heal properly and a hematoma will form in the area around your scars. If this happens, you generally want to quickly contact the doctor. It is not necessarily life-threatening, but it can be if you don’t treat it. Most of the time, your body will try and heal it on its own.
Other than that, as I said, breast lift recovery is relatively quick and easy. This is a mildly invasive procedure, so it probably won’t be done on an outpatient basis, but you won’t have to spend too long in the hospital after you have the procedure done, barring any complications. It will take a number of months for the scars to completely heal, but there are things you can do to guide this process along, and you’ll have to do occasional check-ups during your breast life recovery, but honestly, this isn’t such an invasive and dangerous procedure that there’s any real chance of resulting in any long-term complications. Unlike breast augmentations, with which there are serious issues with the silicone, breast lift recovery times are relatively fast, and you’ll be more or less back to normal in a number of weeks if not days.