Breast Lift / Mastopexy

Breast Lift / Mastopexy2021-05-06T15:57:30+02:00

What is a mastopexy?

A mastopexy is a medical name for breast lift surgery. This surgery is one of the most popular procedures women want after pregnancy and breastfeeding, and it is often included in a Mommy Makeover.

Weight loss can also be a big contributor to the loss of breast volume leading to sagging breasts. To reverse this we reshape and lift the breast back into place with a breast lift surgery. The removal of the excess skin during this procedure restores the breast’s firmness and position and the result is a lifted, firmer, more youthful-looking breast and silhouette.

A mastopexy, or breast lift, may also require a breast augmentation as part of the surgery to add volume.

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FAQ

How do I plan for my breast lift?2021-03-24T13:16:17+02:00

When you plan for a breast lift the first thing you need to do is make a booking for a one-on-one consultation. During your visit we will discuss your concerns and what you hope to achieve.

I will examine and measure your breasts and assess your skin tone. I will advise which surgery will be the best to achieve your desired results. This may or may not include the need for breast implants. We will discuss options and techniques during the consultation and address any other concerns you may have.

What is the procedure for a breast lift?2021-02-18T18:38:35+02:00
The procedure for a breast lift is performed under general anaesthetic.
 
I make an incision around the areola and down the front of the breast. After which I lift the breasts and reshape it cutting away any excess skin. I reposition the areola and nipple, resizing if necessary.
 
If I am using an implant to increase fullness and size this is usually done at the same time. Occasionally, I will advise to do the augmentation as a separate procedure.
 
If reducing the size of the breast I will remove excess tissue, fat and skin while I reshape the breast. If necessary I will resize the areola and nipple and reposition them to give lift. The incisions are neatly sutured closed.
How to prepare for breast lift surgery?2021-04-15T11:47:27+02:00

To prepare yourself for breast lift surgery you may be asked to stop smoking for 2 – 4 weeks before the procedure. Nicotine retards the healing process. So, not smoking for as long as possible before surgery will help improve the blood flow.

You might also have to have a blood test before surgery.

During the consultation be sure to disclose what medication, vitamins and supplements you are taking. I may need to adjust this leading up to surgery. You should avoid certain medication like aspirin and some anti-inflammatory drugs. You may also need to stop taking some vitamins and supplements. Avoid any recreational drugs.

Be sure to arrange for transport to and from the clinic as you will not be able to drive yourself after the procedure.

What can I expect after a breast lift?2021-04-15T11:39:22+02:00

After a breast lift surgery, you can expect to have gauze dressings or bandages over the incisions, and you will have elastic bandages or a support bra which will help with the swelling as you heal. You may also need small drainage tubes for a few days.

Keep the dressing dry for at least 48 hours. The stitches along the incision lines will dissolve on their own. Avoid hot baths, hot tubs for about 6 weeks. Swimming is generally fine after 2 – 3 weeks.

Your scars may be red and lumpy at first but should fade over time. There may be some swelling but the size difference and firmness should still be noticeable right after breast lift surgery.

Expect to take at least 2 weeks off work. You may need help with daily activities and regular chores like housework and childcare. Wearing a seat belt may cause pain, so avoid driving for the first few weeks. I will advise you on how soon you can return to your regular activities.

What are the risks of a breast lift?2021-04-15T11:37:19+02:00

The risks of a breast lift surgery will be discussed during your consultation.

With any surgery, there is a (low) risk of post-operative infection, bleeding and swelling.

Some other complications can include blood clots, blood or fluid collecting in the breasts. Cardiac and pulmonary complications and deep vein thrombosis are also possible complication.

After a breast lift surgery you may experience a decrease of nipple sensation.

Excessive scarring, asymmetry, skin discoloration and poor healing of incisions are also risks, as well as persistent pain or numbness, which is usually temporary.

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