Breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy, removes excess skin to raise, reshape and firm your breasts. The nipples and areolas (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipples) are repositioned, and the areolas may sometimes be reduced in size. If desired, implants may be inserted in conjunction with a breast lift to increase breast volume.
Large or small breasts do not make a difference here, though smaller breasts usually stay firmer better and large breasts tend to sag more quickly in the course of time. Direct ultraviolet radiation, not wearing a bra and an overall indifference towards your breasts help them to become sagging.
Loss of skin elasticity, gravity and other factors such as weight loss, pregnancy and breast-feeding ultimately affect the shape and firmness of your breasts. Patients who are generally satisfied with the size of their breasts can have a breast lift to raise and firm them, resulting in a more youthful breast contour. Some patients may be unhappy that they have lost a significant amount of breast volume over time. In such cases, implants inserted in conjunction with a breast lift can increase breast size at the same time as the shape and position of the breasts are enhanced.
A number of factors can contribute to a sagging or drooping breasts:
Child-birth or breast-feeding
Dramatic weight-loss or weight gain
Natural aging process - the skin loses elasticit
For small and sagging breasts: a breast lift is performed and an implant inserted to restore fullness. A scar will result around the nipple but it will be barely visible. The patient and surgeon should decide together on the new cup size.
For normal-sized sagging breasts: the surgeon will only restore their shape by removing excess skin. If the sagging is not too critical, the scar will be around the nipple but will be barely visible.
For large-sized sagging breasts: the surgeon will reduce the size of the breasts and correct the sagging. The nipple and areola are raised to the correct position. The scar is normally in the shape of a reversed T or anchor-shaped. It starts around the areola and extends downwards in a straight line to under the breast and along the lower crease of the breast. The length of the scar depends on the extent of the reduction and the sagging of the breasts.
Nipples that have sagged severely are raised back into position. Nipples that are too big or irregular can also be corrected at the same time.
Women usually have breast lifts to lift sagging, loose breasts. This surgery is best for are women who have stretched skin and decreased breast volume caused by aging. Please note:You should not have a breast lift if you are planning to lose weight or are pregnant or still nursing a child.
Reconstructive breast surgery
Rates and specific operations will depend on the nature and the extent of the damage and degree of repair needed. Dr Rodrigo will review photographs of the affected area and a quote will be forwarded to you.
Breast Lift Plastic Surgery Procedure
Individual factors and personal preferences will determine the specific technique selected to lift your breasts. The stitches and resulting scar usually run around the areola and in a vertical line extending downwards form the nipple and along the lower curve of the breast. Your surgeon 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, sometimes eventually fading to thin white lines.
Procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
Duration of the breast lift surgery
About two to three hours.
Typical recovery time after breast surgery
Usually within 2 to 3 weeks the patient is able to resume normal activity, except for lifting. Patients look presentable after 7 days. Required minimum stay in Budapest 12 days.
Possible risks and complications after breast surgeries
Breast lift is a major surgery. When breast surgery is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor. You can reduce your risks by closely following your surgeon's instructions both before and after the plastic surgery. The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can only be determined at the time of consultation. A breast lift may result in noticeable, permanent scars, but these are usually covered easily by your bra or bathing suit. Wider scars and poorer healing are noted in chronic smokers. Breast-feeding may not be possible after surgery. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.
Breast lift surgery after care
After surgery a small tube may be placed in each breast to drain blood and fluids for the first day or two. The extent of the post-operative swelling and bruising is depending on whether you tend to bruise or swell easily. The bandages will be removed a day or two after surgery and the patient will continue wearing the bra around the clock for several weeks. In most cases, stitches will be removed in one week. Depending upon the type of surgery performed, you may be remain hospitalized for up to 2 days. Dr Rodrigo will give you instructions in your post-operative care. If you feel any severe pain, call your surgeon immediately. Most of the swelling and bruising should disappear within two weeks or so. There should be no lifting or pushing, putting strain on the chest muscles, for up to 2 months. Dr Rodrigo will let you know when you are ready for exercise. During your healing period avoid drinking alcohol, which can lead to fluid retention and delay recovery.
You should wear a supportive wire-less bra a few weeks, until the swelling goes down. The wound should be keep dry. The sutures will be removed after 10-14 days; Absorbable sutures will take at least six weeks to dissolve. You should not be sexually active for a few weeks, since it may cause painful swellings in your breasts.
Results, Outlook after breast lift surgery
Breast lift can make a remarkable difference in the appearance of the siluette, especially when the procedures combined with liposuction . The degree of improvement varies from patient to patient.
You are likely to have a very good outcome from breast surgery. You may feel better about your appearance and yourself. You may need to wear a special supportive bra for a few months to reshape your breasts.
Scars are permanent and often remain very visible for a year after surgery. After a year they fade some. Your surgeon will try to place the cuts so that scars are as hidden as possible. Your scars should not be noticeable, even in low-cut clothing. Incisions are usually made on the underside of the breast.
Please note: Normal aging, pregnancy, and changes in your weight may all cause your breasts to sag again.
Breast Lift Surgery
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