Breast Lifting

Mastopexia

As time goes by and influenced by other factors (pregnancy, lactation, rapid weight loss), breasts lose their elasticity and shape. The mastopexia operation will restore breast firmness and youthful appearance by lifting the mammary tissue and repositioning the nipple and areola. If the breasts have lost volume, breast lifting can be combined with silicone implants.

Informations about the medical procedure

Although there are various techniques to perform a mastopexia, the intervention usually starts with an incision on the fold between the breast and the chest wall, followed by another one around the areola in order to define the further position of the nipple. The incision extends from the center of the mammilla toward the fold of the breast. The next step requires the removal of excessive skin, lifting the breast tissue, lowering and suturing the skin above the mammilla.

Consultation

From the very first visit, the doctor will try to find out which is the form that the patient expects to have after lifting and whether she wants the intervention associated with a breast implant or not. The specialist will subsequently develop a customized intervention scheme, specifying the size and shape you obtain in the end.

Duration

Varies between one and a half to three hours, depending on the complexity of the operation.

Anesthesia

The operation is performed under general anesthesia.

Hospitalization

Patients are kept in hospital for a day.

Side effects and surgical risks

The risk of triggering an areola necrosis is increased in smoking patients or those susceptible to the formation of unaesthetic scars. Hematoma and seroma fall within the feared risks.

After surgery advice

After surgery, the patient will receive a bustier which she will wear for six to eight weeks, after which it will be replaced with a regular brassiere. Initially, the breasts will increase in volume and ecchimosys may show. Edema will reduce gradually, and the sensitory ability will be regained. The patient will be instructed about local care and the medicines that can be administered. Resumption of activity is gradual; extensive rest is recommended during this period of time in order to allow the body to recover.

Contraindications

This procedure may be refused to patients prone to keloid scars, since the risk of the visible marks after the breast lift exists. The operation may be refused to patients with unrealistic expectations or to those who do not wish to give up smoking during recovery.

Recovery

Recovery varies from case to case, but patients are advised to take at least one week before returning to work, if the job is not physically demanding.