What is a mastopexy?
A mastopexy, or a breast lift, is an operation that aims to address breast ptosis or droopy breasts.
Who normally gets this procedure?
Drooping of the breasts occurs mostly after giving birth, or with extreme weight loss. Many women are displeased that their breasts may no longer look pert, and this operation can give the breasts a firmer look, feel and positioning. Women who do not want implants normally prefer the breast lift option, but the use of implants alongside the breast lift can also be discussed.
Would I be suitable?
The ideal candidate for this procedure are women that are within 7 kg / 1 stone of their ideal weight; women that have finished having a family; and are usually 35-60 (however this procedure works well for women of any age, if you feel its an option you'd like to look at discuss it with your surgeon).
What will a Breast Uplift do for me?
This procedure is used to uplift the breast tissue and nipple to a firmer more youthful pert position on the chest. Depending on the weight of your breast tissue, this procedure can even allow you to abstain from wearing a bra as patients often ask for.
What won’t a mastopexy do for me?
As this question is often raised, the surgery does leave some scarring. This procedure may also leave the patient with a slightly smaller bra size as the surgery doesn’t give more volume. If you did want an uplift including implants, this is an option which can be discussed.
Will I still be able to breastfeed?
As this procedure only gives a lift, you are still able to breastfeed. However, you are advised to only undergo this procedure once you have finished having a family, as giving birth is one of the leading causes of breast ptosis.
How long will the effects last?
This surgery should leave you with permanent results, providing that you wear a well-fitting bra to give your breasts proper support. Even with ageing, the breast should still remain very close to the new position. Any notable weight gain or loss may have some effect on the look of the breast.
Will I have scars?
Your surgeon will go into detail with you about the placement of any scarring, but generally: scars will lie around the edge of the darker skin of the nipple and in a vertical line from the nipple to the fold under the breast.
The scars will appear red and possibly lumpy directly after the procedure, but will gradually fade to fine lines that are smooth to the tough. This usually happens over an 18-month period. In cases where the breasts are particularly pendulous, the procedure may require additional scars that will lie hidden within the fold under each breast.
Can you fix breast asymmetry at the same time?
Yes, breast asymmetry is common in breasts naturally, please ensure you discuss the asymmetry results with your surgeon.
What to expect on the day:
Like with any procedure involving anaesthetic, you are advised not to eat for at least six hours before the operation. You will discuss your procedure with your anaesthetist and surgeon. They will ask you questions about your overall wellness and get you to sign a consent form. It is important to answer all of these questions as honestly as possible. This gives your surgeon as much information as possible.
Patients can often feel drowsy and weepy after waking up from anaesthetic, this is completely normal. Once you have woken up, nurses will make sure you receive pain relief and anti-sickness drugs as needed. You will then be assessed by a nurse to make sure that you are feeling okay. You may also have drains that will need to be removed. This will normally take place on the day after surgery. You may also have to wear thick tape and a sports bra which will be removed in a follow-up appointment. Patients report feeling itchy, bruised and tight. The anaesthesia can also leave patients feeling drowsy and detached from normal life. This is, again, completely normal, and should wear off in a few days following the surgery.
Mastopexy (Breast uplift) is the ideal procedure for women who feel they don’t like the look of their breasts due to droopiness. Women are left feeling more comfortable, confident and able to wear better-fitting clothing due to the breast positioning after the surgery. Again, you should always consult with your surgeon before undergoing any procedure.
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