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A breast lift restores a firmer, perkier, and more aesthetically pleasing shape to sagging breasts. This not only can improve a patient’s appearance by restoring her youthful, feminine proportions, but  also help bras and swimsuits fit more comfortably and attractively.

As women age and their skin loses its natural elasticity, they will notice a change in the appearance of their breasts. Women with smaller breasts may see a more subtle change as their breasts begin to droop slightly downward. Women with larger breasts, however, may find their breasts sagging and altering shape significantly.

As we age, breast tissue, which is dense and firm, becomes replaced with fatty tissue which is not very dense or firm, leading to sagging breasts.  A breast lift (also called a mastopexy) fixes sagging and uneven breasts, decreased breast volume, and drooping nipples and stretched areolas (the darker area surrounding the nipples), renewing a youthful shape and lift to your breasts.  Breast lift surgery can restore firmness and shape to breasts that have dropped or “deflated” from aging, weight loss, and/or pregnancy and breast-feeding.

Breast lift surgery also can be combined with a breast augmentation, in which implants are inserted to increase the size and shape of your breasts, and to restore firmness.  Small implants will not increase volume significantly, but larger implants can be used to increase size.  In some cases placing implants to increase size can give a sufficient lift without surgery.

Breast lift surgery is a commonly performed cosmetic body surgery for medical travelers. Breast lift surgery in Costa Rica is a smart alternative to high-priced cosmetic surgeries in North America that are normally not covered by insurance.  It is a safe, effective and affordable cosmetic surgery performed by highly-skilled surgeons, and which provides long-lasting, beautiful results.

How is Breast Lift surgery done?

A breast lift is performed under general anesthesia. Different techniques for removing breast skin and reshaping the breast determine the location of the incisions and resulting scars. Your surgeon will select a technique that will achieve optimal results with the least conspicuous scarring possible, based on your breast size and shape, areola size and position, degree of breast sagging, skin quality and elasticity, and how much extra skin you have.

During a breast lift, your surgeon will make an incision to remove excess breast skin and shift the nipple and areola to a higher position. Scars are usually hidden around the lower edge of the areola or under the breasts, although some light scarring may be seen on top of the breast around the areola with lifts like the Crescent, or Benelli/Donut/Peri-areola, or Lollipop types.

What is recovery like after Breast Lift surgery in Costa Rica?

This surgery is usually done on an out-patient basis, meaning an hour or two in the hospital post-surgical recovery area before being discharged.  After breast lift surgery, you can expect to be bandaged, wearing compression garments, and you may have some surgical drains. Your breasts may feel tight and sensitive to the touch, and be painful. This can be effectively treated with various pain medications, which your doctor will prescribe for you. Other common recovery side effects include bruising, numbness, or changes in nipple sensitivity, itching around incision sites and increased firmness or fullness in the breast tissue. These side effects should subside over the next few weeks, with some residual effects lasting up to three months or more following the surgery.

Patients usually can return to work after a week or so, depending on if their job is a non-strenuous type. You should avoid excessive physical activity for at least the first two weeks following surgery, and after that be extremely gentle with your breasts for at least the next month.

Benefits of Breast Lift surgery

  • Lift drooping, sagging breasts to look younger and fitter
  • Restore volume to the breasts after pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss or aging
  • Bring the breasts into better proportion with the rest of the body
  • Improve symmetry between differently sized or shaped breasts
  • Feel more feminine and attractive
  • Boost confidence and improve body image

Breast Lift surgery in Costa Rica

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