Breast lift (Mastopexy)
What is Mastopexy?
Mastopexy is a surgical breast lift procedure that firms up sagging breasts and renews them to their former shape. Women with a medium-sized bust can expect good results with concentric mastopexy, which involves cutting circular portions of the skin from the areola region. The effects of breast lift surgery do not last long on large-breasted women as the heavy breasts soon start to sag. Many women consider breast lift surgery when they experience stretched skin and reduced volume in their breasts after pregnancy and breast feeding. However, it is wise to postpone a breast lift procedure if planning to have more children.
Surgical Procedure of a Breast Lift
A breast lift procedure takes around 11/2 to 3 hours and the surgeon makes an anchor-shaped incision along the contours of the breast. Excess skin is then cut away and the areola and nipple are re-positioned. The skin around the areola is pulled down and stitched giving a firm youthful shape to the breast.
Healthcare – Pre- and Post-Mastopexy
Precautionary healthcare advice is more or less the same for any surgical procedure. Surgeons carrying out breast lift surgery give healthcare advice on smoking, drinking, and avoiding certain medicines and vitamins. Post-surgery, patients may need to wear a surgical bra. This can be replaced by a soft support bra a few days later. The stitches will be removed within a week or two when patients are ready to resume normal activities. Dryness of the skin and loss of sensation in the nipples are also to be expected, temporarily. The surgeon may advise a gradual return to normal routines over the period of one month.