Breast lift or Mastopexy is a surgical procedure performed to reshape the breast and return it to a more youthful position. Drooping of the breasts may occur after pregnancy as well as aging. Frequently a breast implant may be used in conjunction with a breast lift in order to achieve better results.
You are an ideal candidate for breast lift if you have sagging breasts. Breasts of any size can be lifted. It is important to discuss your expectations about your Breast lift with honesty, so that the Doctor can give his professional advice. He will examine and measure your breasts, describe the procedure in detail, explain the probable results as well as the risks, limitations and scarring that may result. Pictures are used for reference during surgery and afterwards for result comparison.
During your breast lift surgery
Your breast lift surgery itself usually takes one and a half to three hours. It is performed under general anesthesia, you’ll be asleep through the entire operation. The procedure removes excess of skin, and moves the nipple and areola into their new position. Then the skin is brought from both sides of the breast down and around the areola, shaping the new contour of the breast. Another procedure is the periareolar incision, in which a circular incision is made around the areola, without the vertical and horizontal incision.
If you’re having an implant inserted along with your breast lift, it will be placed in a pocket directly under the breast tissue, or deeper, under the muscle of the chest wall. Most of the patients are discharged the same day or the next after their surgery.
After the surgery
You’ll be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a surgical bra over gauze dressing. You may feel some pain for the first couple of days, but the Doctor will prescribe medication to lessen the pain. All stitches are internal and absorbable, they do not need to be removed.
Most women can return to work and to social activities in about one week. Avoid lifting your hands above your shoulders or any heavy objects for three to four weeks. If you have any unusual symptoms, such as bleeding or severe pain, don’t hesitate to call us.