If you think your breasts have lost their shape and firmness, a mastopexy could be the solution. Commonly referred to as a breast lift, this surgical procedure can restore breast shape and remove excess skin. At the same time, it helps minimize visible scars and adds volume to your breasts.
As we age, our skin becomes less firm and elastic. Inevitably, this affects the overall appearance of the breasts. The changes can be dramatic for women with large breasts, and pregnancy and quick weight loss may have the same effect.
A skilled surgeon can restore the youthful shape of your breasts and improve their appearance. The medical name of the procedure is mastopexy, and it can be performed with or without breast augmentation. Keep reading to see what it involves and how long it takes to see the results.
Breast uplift is a common surgical procedure that lifts and reshapes the breasts. The number of interventions has grown by 70 percent since 2000. This type of surgery appeals to women who are unsatisfied with the appearance of their breasts due to aging, weight fluctuations, breastfeeding, or pregnancy.
Typically, the procedure takes 1 to 3 hours under general anaesthesia. Depending on your needs, the surgeon will lift your breasts, improve their shape, and remove excess tissues. The areola and the nipple can be shifted to a higher position.
Whether you want higher, tighter, or firmer breasts, mastopexy is an excellent choice. This procedure will give your breasts a youthful look and boost your confidence.
Many women also choose to have their breasts enlarged with a reduction of the areola’s size during a breast lift, due to the normal change in shape of the nipple as a result of the aging process.
This surgical intervention uses a variety of incision techniques and patterns depending on:
Skin quality and elasticity
The amount of excess tissue
The degree of breast sagging
The position and size of the areolas
Breast size and shape
The surgeon will make incisions around the areola – and vertically down if necessary. Next, he or she will remove excess skin and reshape the breast into a tighter cone. If you also opt for breast augmentation, the surgeon will create a pocket where he or she will insert the implant. The incisions will be stitched up.
After surgery, your breasts will be wrapped in gauze, bandages, and tape (depending on the surgeon’s preferences). They will be swollen and bruised for a couple of days and the wound will be quite large, so the recovery will take a while. You may require about 2 months to heal completely. For this reason, it’s important to have regular check-ups and to keep the dressings clean and intact.
The first appointment will take place a week after surgery. If you have any non-dissolvable sutures, we will remove them, changing the dressings and checking the integrity and the healing stage of the wounds. You will also receive two soft support bras on the day of the procedure; these must be worn every day for about 3 weeks.
It’s normal to experience some pain, swelling, bruising, and scarring after surgery. Our doctors will prescribe painkillers and topical ointments to help you feel better.
You may also experience a burning sensation in the nipples or pins and needles for up to 2 weeks or so. These issues will go away as your body heals. It’s recommended to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for up to 4 weeks after the procedure.
Now that you know what mastopexy involves and what to expect, contact us and our qualified surgeon will be more than happy to see you for a consultation. The surgeon will help you decide if this procedure is right for you and whether or not you’re a good candidate for it, showing you other available options if required.
This procedure is performed under general anaesthesia. You will be asleep the whole time, waking up only after everything is finished. The discomfort will be minor, due to the local anaesthetic administered by the surgeon during the operation.
This procedure takes 1 to 3 hours.
1 to 2 weeks.
Full recovery is achieved in 2 to 3 months.
This procedure can be performed as day surgery.
Time off from the gym is proportional to the speed at which the wounds heal. A fast healer can return to normal physical activities in 2 months; others after more than 3 months.