This cosmetic surgical operation gets rid of excess breast skin that has been stretched due to weight fluctuations or pregnancy. To achieve the desired outcomes, breast implants may also be utilized in conjunction with the procedure.
The Surgical Procedure
Also known as mastopexy, breast lift surgery is a procedure that is carried out to raise and firm your breasts. To tighten the surrounding beast tissue, the excessive skin is removed and reshaped to support the newly acquired breast contour. Usually, the internal breast tissue also gets reshaped as well. The procedure can also be employed in reducing your areola, which can become enlarged over time.
Length Of The Procedure
On average, the entire surgical process will take between 2 and 3 hours on an outpatient basis. It is generally carried out under general anesthesia, but some surgeons may use local anesthesia. Although it does have some risks, modern anesthesia is effective and safe. Inquire from your anesthetist and specialist plastic surgeon for additional information.
Your anesthetist and/ or surgeon will want to know all about the medications you’ve taken or are currently taking, and if you have any allergies. Ensure that you have a medications list that is up to date ahead of the surgery.
Who Is The Right Mastopexy Candidate?
Being a highly individualized procedure, mastopexy may not be a suitable option for everyone. Before making a decision, always talk candidly to your specialist plastic surgeon who will assess your general health condition and design a treatment plan that is best for you.
The Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery suggests that mastopexy might be good for you if:
– Your expectations are realistic.
– You’re physically healthy.
– You have fully developed breasts.
– You have sagging breasts that have lost their firmness and shape.
– Your breasts are elongated, flat in shape or pendulous.
– When your breasts are unsupported, the nipples fall below your breast crease.
– You have enlarged areolas and stretched skin.
– You have areolas and nipples that point downwards.
– One of your breasts is lower compared to the other.
Important Considerations Before Surgery
Before you decide on surgery, several important factors should be considered:
– It is generally recommended that you wait until your breast growth, child birth and nursing have stopped before you go for the surgical procedure.
– The surgical procedure does not round out the upper breast part or significantly alter your breast size.
– Even though breasts of any size could get lifted, the outcomes for women who have heavier breasts might not be as long-lasting.
It’s worth noting that the size and shape of your breasts prior to surgery are going to greatly influence the procedure and the results.
What Are The Side Effects?
The most common side effects are temporary swelling, bruising, numbness, some mild level of discomfort and dry or tender skin around the breast.
Are There Any Risks?
The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery notes that it is possible to get unfavourable scarring with keloid formation. Other risks include infection, skin loss, nipples asymmetry, and the likelihood of permanently losing feeling in the breast and/or nipples.
Recovery And Surgery Outcomes
Arrange to take one week from work and observe 3 to 4 weeks of zero strenuous activities. It may also take several months to a year for the scars to fade.