For some patients, especially those with relatively small breasts and minimal sagging, Dr. V may use a modified procedures requiring less extensive incisions. One such procedure is the “doughnut (or concentric) mastopexy” in which circular incisions are made around the areola and a doughnut-shaped area of skin is removed. Recent innovations in breast lift techniques include minimal incision techniques and nipple sensation reducing procedures. Dr. V will help you decide which procedure is best for you.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. Bandages are applied right after surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts. Once the bandages are removed, the patient will need to wear a specialized cupless sports bra for several weeks. Dr. V will leave an On-Q pain pump into the surgical site. This contains numbing medicine that will help prevent pain for about 3 days post surgery. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery after the pain pump is removed, which can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given by the surgeon.