A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, involves correcting problems associated with the loss of elasticity in the breasts.
Breast lift surgery is used to assist correcting breast by strengthening the elasticity in the breasts. This procedure is suitable for patients who are self -conscious about the volume of their breasts this can be the result of pregnancy, weight loss, gravity, ageing and even genetics. A breast lift procedure is undertaken by both male and female patients. A breast lift procedure is also undertaken by patients who would like to reduce the size of the areolae (pink area around the nipple).
The surgery is conducted under general anaesthetic, with a duration time of up to three hours. Three incisions are made one around the areola (pink skin around nipple) the second incision is made vertically from the bottom of the areola to the crease under the breast. The final incision is made horizontally beneath the breast following the natural curve on the crease of the breast. The surgeon uses the incision to remove the excess fat and skin from the breast into a natural, lifted position. The areola and nipple are moved into their correct position, the nipple and areola remain attached to preserve sensation and the ability to breast feed. Each individual is different and therefore the surgical procedure will be adapted by the surgeon to meet the patient’s body type and desired results. The surgeon will explain the process specific to the individual patients need in the consultation.
Following the surgery, the patient will be required to sleep on their back at a forty-five degree angle for the first week. The first three days following the surgery the patient can expect to be sore, swollen and bruised. The surgeon may also recommend wearing a compression garment throughout the initial recovery period. It may take up to two weeks to resume to daily activities however gentle movement and walking is encouraged to promote circulation. Strenuous activities are to be avoid until advised by the surgeon. Swelling and bruising will gradually settle in the weeks following the surgery. The scaring will take longer however will gradually fade over time. The sensation in the nipple, areola area may not return for up to a year following the surgery.
The results from a breast lift procedure should be long lasting. Excessive weight fluctuation or pregnancy could affect the longevity of the results of the breast lift. The sculpting of the breast tissue by the surgeon also helps keep the results intact.