Each woman wants to have beautiful, high, elastic breasts. However with age, after pregnancy and breast-feeding, with body weight loss, skin loses its natural elasticity and vigor. Breasts become saggy and droopy and a breast lift is needed to correct this condition.
Indications for breast lift
Mastopexy or breast lift is a surgery changing breasts position, placing nipples and areolas on the top of mammary gland (areola size decrease and improvement of its contour and size is also possible) and returning normal shape and firmness to the breasts.
Is hospitalization necessary?
The surgery is performed under general or local anesthesia, depending on patient’s desire and general condition. You will be hospitalized on the day of the surgery and undergo a short preparation.
In most instances, mastopexy is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure, and takes between one and three and a half hours. Breast lift is in essence similar to any other lifting procedure in cosmetic surgery. It requires removal of excess skin, fat and tissue and pulling the remaining skin together to create firm, youthful looking breasts.
At the end of the surgery the breast is covered with elastic bandages to reduce the risk of postoperative complications and make recovery easier. After a time bandaging will be replaced with special underwear.
Are the scars from breast lift visible?
Stitches are usually located around the areola, in a vertical line extending downwards from the nipple area, and along the lower crease of the breast. Breast lift leaves permanents scars, of which only the vertical scar between the areola and the crease under the breast is visible. However even this scar will eventually fade out to a thin white line.
What complications may occur after the surgery
Ideal symmetry of nipples, areolas and mammary glands cannot be achieved, although striving for it is one of the surgery goals. Sensitivity of nipples, areolas and mammary glands usually decreases and then gradually improves; in some cases it can be totally lost. Edema and bruises can remain in the operation area for several weeks. The final result will be visible after several months.
How long is the postoperative period?
Usually it is necessary to stay at a hospital for 3-5 days. Stitches are removed in 7-14 days. Light housekeeping work is possible in 5-7 days, usual rehabilitation period is 2 weeks.
It is necessary to wear special underwear (bra) for 1.5-2 months after the surgery to support and form mammary glands. Final forming of new breasts takes 3-4 months after the procedure.
If you have more questions about a breast lift surgery, feel free to contact us.