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Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

About The Procedure

Sagging breasts are a topic of concern for many of our patients. Some of the potential causes include nursing, pregnancy, and the loss of skin elasticity (especially with age), each of which can cause the breasts to lose their regular shape and firmness.

Mastopexy or breast lift is generally utilized as corrective surgical procedure used to reshape and bolster sagging breasts. A breast lift may likewise be utilized to reposition the nipple and areola. Some ladies have decreased breast volume or small breasts due to pregnancy. In this situation, breast lift surgery coupled with breasts implants will be required to build size and firmness. Implants are set under the muscle of the chest wall or the breast tissue.

What happens during surgery?

In the greater part of the operations, our breast lift surgery is performed under local anesthesia, and the surgery typically takes around 1.5 to 3.5 hours to perform.

Taking the common form of the breasts, our specialist makes an anchor shaped incision. At that point, our specialist will move your areola and nipple to a higher position in the wake of expelling excess skin. In order to get the breast reshape, the skin around the areola is united down and drawn. Once the technique is done, stitches are set around the nipple and areola, in a vertical line that extends underneath aureolas and along the lower wrinkle of the breasts.

Concentric or doughnut mastopexy is another generally utilized strategy for sagging or small breast. In using this approach, round incisions are made around the areola and a doughnut-shaped region of the skin will be removed.


What happens after surgery?

You will experience swelling, bruising and painfulness on your breast for a day or two.  Since you may feel somewhat uncomfortable, our specialist may prescribe medications. After the surgery has been completed, a surgical bra (or a versatile bandage) will be wrapped around your breasts over bandage dressings. For the next few days, these will be supplanted by a bolster bra.

It by and large takes two weeks to get the sutures removed. For quite a while, you may be complaining about the loss of sensation around the region of your areolas and nipples. This is a brief condition and is prone to take around three months to lessen fully.

All things considered, corrective surgery can expand shape and size of the breasts and at the same time restore their natural shape.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What is a breast lift?

A breast mastopexy is also known as a breast lift. It is a surgical procedure performed to raise and reshape the breasts. Factors such as age or nursing can cause the breasts to lose their shape and firmness. Over time, this may cause the breasts to sag. Mastopexy can be an effective treatment to make the breasts firmer and more shapely.


Q: Who is a good candidate for breast lift surgery?

Candidates must be in good health, have no active diseases or serious, pre-existing medical conditions, and must have realistic expectations of the outcome of the surgery. Typically, patients who benefit most from mastopexy have stretched skin and reduced breast volume caused by aging. You should not have a mastopexy if you plan to lose a significant amount of weight. Women who are currently pregnant or nursing should not have a mastopexy.

NOTE: You may not be a candidate for surgery if you smoke, have recently quit smoking, or if you are exposed to second-hand smoke. Primary and secondary smoking decreases blood flow to the body’s tissues. This can result in prolonged wound healing, skin loss, infection, increased scarring, and a number of other complications depending on the kind of procedure performed.


Q: How is the procedure performed?

There are many variations in technique, depending on the degree of sagging and other physical features of the breast. The number and length of the scars will vary with the technique. The most frequently used procedure involves three incisions – first around the areola, then from the nipple to the breast crease, and a third along the breast crease. In some cases the scar may be limited to the circular incision around the areola. The incisions outline the area from which skin will be removed and define the new location for the nipple. When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved to the new position and the skin surrounding the areola is brought together to reshape the breast.


Additional Useful Information

Options to Enhance the Procedure

A breast lift may be done in conjunction with breast augmentation. This helps lift the breast by increasing the volume of the contents of the breast.


Planning for Your Surgery

First, schedule a personal consultation with your plastic surgeon. Communication is vital in reaching your goals. You will have the opportunity to discuss your goals and the results you’d like to achieve. Your surgeon will work with you to reach an understanding about what you can expect from this procedure and what long-term benefits you will experience. Every patient is different, and your surgeon will choose the surgical technique and treatment plan that is right for you.


During your initial consultation:

•     Provide a complete medical history. Include information about any previous surgical procedures; past and present medical conditions; and all medications or herbal supplements you are taking.

•     Expect your surgeon to conduct a physical examination of the size and shape of your breasts, the quality of skin and placement of the nipples.

•     Measurements and photographs will be taken for your medical record.

•     Be prepared to discuss possible risks and complications of the procedure.


Preparing for Your Surgery

You will be given specific instructions on how to prepare for your surgery. A pre-operative information packet will be provided that explains everything you should do and know before your surgery date. Your surgeon will instruct you on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and which vitamins and medications should be taken or avoided. You should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery, whether your surgery is done on an outpatient or inpatient basis. You may also want to make arrangements for someone to help you out for a day or two after you leave the hospital.


Where Your Surgery Will be Performed

Your procedure will take place in Allure Clinic’s state-of-the-art surgical suites and recovery areas. The majority of these procedures are completed on an out-patient basis.


Types of Anesthesia

Local Tumescent Anesthesia with or without IV sedation are used so that you will remain comfortable throughout the procedure.


After Your Surgery

It is very important that you follow your surgeon’s instructions. This will promote healing and improve progress towards your new physical appearance. Also, it is important that you attend all scheduled follow-up appointments so that your surgeon can assess your long-term results and answer any questions or concerns you may have.