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BREAST LIFT

BREAST LIFT
(Mastopexy)

OBJECTIVES:

Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity take their toll
on a woman’s breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape,
firmness and begin to sag.

Breastlift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. The
breast lift will restore a more youthful appearance. Mastopexy can also reduce the size of
the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.

CANDIDATES FOR BREAST LIFT:

Breasts of any size can be lifted, but the results may not last as long in heavy breasts. The
best results are usually achieved in women with small, sagging breasts, who are generally
satisfied with their breast size but unhappy with the lack of firmness, or the fact that the
nipples point to the floor.

Many women seek mastopexy because pregnancy, nursing and passage of time have left
them with stretched skin, loss of volume, or sometimes breasts of markedly different sizes,
(esp..after pregnancy)-breast implants inserted in one or both sides in conjunction with
mastopexy can increase both their firmness and their size.

If you’re planning to have more children, it may be a good idea to postpone your breast lift.
There are no special risks that affect future pregnancies, pregnancy is likely to stretch
your breasts again and offset the results of the procedure.
Some women undergo breast lift surgery before having children, having decided that they
will enjoy their adult lives with the new breasts and address any changes later. Breast lift
surgery will not interfere with the ability to breast-feed if the milk ducts are left intact.

CONSULTATION & PREPARATION:

We will examine your breasts and discuss the variables that may affect the procedure–
such as your age, the size and shape of your breasts, and the condition of your skin–and
whether an implant is advisable. The nipple and areola will be positioned higher during the
procedure.

Don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you may have, especially those regarding your
expectations and concerns about the results.

RISKS & COMPLICATIONS:

A breast lift is normally safe. Bleeding and infection following a breast lift are uncommon,
however can lead to poor healing and wider scars.

Mastopexy does leave noticeable, permanent scars, although they’ll be covered by your
bra or bathing suit. The procedure can also leave you with unevenly positioned nipples, or a
permanent loss of feeling in your nipples or breasts.

HOSPITAL STAY/OUT-PATIENT:

Breast lift may be performed as an outpatient procedure but an overnight stay at the
hospital for a day or two may be warranted at times.

ANAESTHESIA:

Breast lifts are usually performed under general anesthesia, which means you’ll sleep
through the operation.

OPERATING TIME:

2 – 4 hours

THE SURGERY:

The choice of the appropriate technique varies according the type of breast and the desired
shape. The incision outlines the area from which breast skin will be removed and defines
the new location for the nipple. More incisions usually mean a better shape can be
achieved and this should be discussed during the consultation.

The incisions for a breast lift vary; the “inverted T”,is one incision around the nipple, one
in the fold below the breast and a third vertical incision joining them. The second is the
“vertical” technique with two incisions, one around the nipple and a vertical one. The third
is called “periareolar” and uses only an incision around the nipple.

If you’re having an implant inserted (breast augmentation) 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.

THE RECOVERY PERIOD:

Temporary pain is treated with analgesics. Swelling, tenderness, numbness of skin,
bruising, and tiredness, some, or all of these can last up to several weeks. Small drains are
removed after a few days. Dressings are applied and will be changed every other day for
the first 2 weeks.

Within a few days, the bandages or surgical bra will be replaced by a soft support bra. To
be worn around the clock for 3-4 weeks. The stitches will be removed after a week or two.

You can expect some loss of feeling in your nipples and breast skin, which usually fades as
the swelling subsides over the next 6 weeks or so,however, it may last a year or more, and
occasionally it may be permanent.

You may be up and about in a day or two, and back to work after a week. Avoid lifting
anything over your head for 3-4 weeks. You may be instructed to avoid sex for a week or
more, and avoid strenuous sports for about a month.

If you become pregnant, the operation should not affect your ability to breast-feed, since
your milk ducts and nipples will be left intact.

THE NEW LOOK:
We will make every effort to make your scars as inconspicuous as possible. Still, it’s
important to remember that mastopexy scars are extensive and permanent. They often
remain lumpy and red for months, then gradually become less obvious. Fortunately, the
scars can usually be placed so that you can wear even low-cut tops.
Women who have implants along with their breast lift may find the results last longer.

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