To start, most mastopexies require 1-2 hours of surgery. Additionally, the surgery occurs on an outpatient basis. We place the sutures under the skin. By doing this, we reduce the chance of railroad type scarring. No suture removal is necessary. After, a sports bra is worn for 2-3 weeks. Also, normal activity resumes in 2 weeks.
Don’t judge the shape of your breasts right after surgery. Initially, they appear boxy and very high. However, over the next 6-12 weeks, they will drop down and assume a more normal appearance.
Complications include asymmetry, skin or nipple necrosis, bleeding, infection, and seroma. Habitual smoking makes it hard to perform the surgery unless you quit.
Ask your surgeon about their preferred breast lift technique. Remember, look at before/after photos in order to get a realistic expectation of expected results.