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What is a breast lift?

A breast lift surgery is a procedure that helps women correct sagging breasts, drooping nipples and enlarged areolas.  Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss and aging, all affect the shape and volume of a woman’s breast. 

During a breast lift surgery, Dr. Trevor Brooks removes loose, excess skin and the surrounding breast tissue is tightened to better support your breasts.

Are you wondering about the difference between breast lift and breast augmentation, and which surgery is best suited for you? In some cases, Dr. Brooks may suggest both.

How long do the results last from breast lift surgery?

Breast lift patients are not immune to the impacts of aging and the power of gravity. Your lifted breasts will begin to sag as you age.

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Breast Lift

A breast lift surgery creates an aesthetically pleasing profile with perkier breasts.

Results of Dr. Trevor Brooks’ surgeries can be viewed on his social media feed.

    • At the time of your initial consultation, you meet Dr. Brooks to discuss your breast lift goals in detail and determine if it is the right surgery for you.

    • The surgical procedure is explained in detail.

    • Avoid smoking/vaping for 3 months before surgery.

    • Avoid all alcohol and drug use for as long as possible prior to surgery.

    • Dr. Brooks ensures all of your questions are answered so that you can feel confident about your breast lift surgery decision.

    • Dr. Brooks will provide specific post-operative care instructions and return-to-work information during your consultation.

    • Click here for information on Dr. Brooks’ surgical payment options and cancellation policies.

    • General anesthesia is used so you will be comfortable and asleep.

    • Your breast tissue will be lifted and reshaped to improve the contour and firmness of your breasts. Your nipple and areola will be repositioned, and loose, excess breast skin will be removed.

    • The surgery takes 2-3 hours to perform.

    • Call Dr. Brooks or go to a walk-in-clinic if you have any of the following:

      • A fever over 37 degrees.

      • Yellow, green or foul-smelling drainage.

      • A large red area around the incision.

      • An allergic reaction to the medications, or dressings (this could be shortness of breath, a rash/redness, hives, etc.)

    • You must stay in Medicine Hat for 1-3 days post-surgery, as per Dr. Brooks, due to post-surgery complications that could occur. This policy is in place for other procedures as well.

    • When you awaken after the surgery, and our recovery team clears you, you can go home with your arranged ride. 

    • Your chest may feel tight and sore for the first 3 to 7 days.

    • Plan to take about 5 to 7 days off work for rest and recovery.

    • Post surgical swelling will take a few weeks to resolve and your incision lines will continue to fade over time.

    • You will see the results of your breast lift surgery immediately.

    • Your follow up appointment:

      • Dr. Brooks will want to see you 7 days after your surgery. To ensure you get in within this time, please call 403-487-0460 promptly after your surgery to set the appointment up.

    • Dressing/Bandages after surgery:

      • Your dressings applied in the operating room should remain on, dry and in tact for 5 to 7 days following surgery. You should not shower during this time.

      • Dr. Brooks will see you at his office 7-8 days after your surgery for a dressing change. You may shower the day after Dr. Brooks sees you. After each shower, place a very thin layer of Polysporin on the incisions. If you have Steri-strips, let them fall off on their own.

      • There will be bloody drainage on the dressings, this is normal.

      • If bleeding occurs, hold constant & firm pressure for 10 minutes with a clean towel. If bleeding continues, or one side is becoming larger than the other, seek emergency care and then contact Dr. Brooks to inform him.

      • Do not submerge the area in water for 3 weeks (no baths, hot tubs, pools, ocean/lake water). Your sutures are dissolvable and submerging them in water could open your incision up.

      • Once the outer dressings are removed, the bra you were put in, in the OR, or a well-fitting support bra (with no underwire) should be worn 24 hours a day until Dr. Brooks instructs otherwise. *If you take it off to launder it, please rest during that time.*

    • Medication after surgery:

      • Take your regular medication(s) as prescribed (unless Dr. Brooks has specifically instructed you otherwise). Typically a pain medication and an antibiotic will be prescribed after surgery.

      • Do not drive while taking the pain medication.

      • Make sure to finish the entire antibiotic prescription.

      • Once done the pain prescription, you may use acetaminophen (Tylenol), unless Dr. Brooks has instructed you otherwise.

      • Avoid ibuprofen (Advil) and inflammatory medication (Aleve) for the first 4 days.

    • Return to work after surgery:

      • Most patients are able to return to work 3-4 weeks after the surgery. 

      • People with jobs that require heavy lifting may require more time before returning to full duties. We can provide you with a work note.

    • Activity after surgery:

      • You should take it easy for the first week but you need to be up and walking around 4-5 times/day to decrease the risk of blood clots. Do not raise your arms above your shoulders for the first week.

      • Swelling is normal. For the first week keep your torso elevated with pillows while sleeping on either your back or side. Continue on your back or side for the first 4 weeks. If comfortable, you may sleep on your stomach after 4 weeks.

      • Beginning the second week, you may resume a full range of motion with your arms, as your pain tolerance permits.

      • Avoid lifting, pushing and/or pulling any object heavier than 10 lbs for the first 4 weeks (for reference, a 4L milk jug is 9 lbs).

      • Avoid sexual activity for the first 2 weeks, and then be careful for the next 2 weeks.

      • Do not do sports, heavy house/yard work, or use exercise equipment until 4-6 weeks after surgery or Dr. Brooks has given you the go ahead.

      • You may begin scar massage at 3 weeks (if there are no open areas to the incision). Use firm pressure and cream (Vitamin A, Vitamin E or Aloe Vera are all excellent choices), and push against the direction of the scar (perpendicular).

      • A high quality vitamin and silicone scar gel is available at Dr. Brooks’ office, but there are many available at most pharmacies as over-the-counter products.

    • Sunshine:

      • After 3 weeks, if your surgical site is to be exposed to sun, apply an SPF 45 or higher sunscreen and for at least 1 year after continue to do so to prevent the scar from changing to a darker colour.

    • Diet after surgery:

      • Resume your regular diet.

      • Drink plenty of fluids.

      • Stay away from alcoholic beverages for 1 week.

      • Limit caffeinated beverages for 1 week.

      • Avoid smoking/vaping for 3 months before and 6 weeks after surgery for better wound healing. Nicotine constricts blood vessels.​

What to expect from breast lift surgery

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