Breast lift can produce a more youthful appearance of the breasts and can be combined with a breast augmentation
What is a breast lift treatment?
A breast lift - also referred to as a mastopexy - is a surgical procedure which is able to change the shape of the breasts. During the treatment, the excess skin is excised, the breast tissue reshaped, and the nipple repositioned to produce a more youthful appearance, in or out of a bra. A breast lift is a cosmetic procedure which is typically undergone by women who are not satisfied with the shape of their breasts, or whose breasts sag, and is recognised as being able to boost self-confidence.
It should be noted that the breast lift treatment does not change the size of the breasts, but can be combined with a breast augmentation if volume augmentation is required. An augmentation mastopexy can be carried out as 1 operation, but are often carried out as 2 separate operations to achieve a better outcome.
Am I a good candidate for a breast lift?
Breasts tend to lose their shape and firmness over time, usually as a result of weight loss, pregnancy, breast feeding or the loss of the skin’s natural elasticity.
Patients who have lost firmness of their breasts following pregnancy and breast feeding are usually good candidates for mastopexy. Sagging breasts following weight loss and ageing can also be a good indication for mastopexy. Ideally, candidates will have breasts with a degree of skin elasticity.
During the initial consultation, Mr Chummun will take a full medical history and examine you. He will assess your wishes and discuss the various treatment options. The agreed procedure will be explained.
During the surgery
The breast lift procedure usually takes about three hours. The technique which is used for a breast lift will vary according to the requirements of the individual. The location of the incisions will depend on the type of technique which is used.
The surgeon could make incisions around the areolae, which is the area that surrounds the nipple. Incisions may also be made along the breast creases horizontally, and from the areolae down to the breast creases. Stitches can be placed inside the breasts in order to reshape the tissue, and the size of each areola may be reduced if required. The nipples will be moved to higher positions, and surplus breast skin can be removed, creating more shaped and youthful-looking breasts.
After the breast skin is brought together, your surgeon can close the incisions using dissolvable stitches and surgical tape.
Recovery from breast lift
You may have a surgical drains, which can be removed a few days following the procedure. You are likely to be fitted with a post-surgical bra. It is advisable that you wear a well-supported sports bra for 6 weeks following the surgery.
It is normal for you to experience swelling and a degree of bruising in the chest region for around two weeks. Soreness may be felt in the incision areas, and numbness might also be felt for a few months following the surgery. Loss of nipple sensation is rare, although any changes in sensation should recover in the following months.
It can be advisable to avoid sleeping on your front in the days following the procedure. While the patient is encouraged to remain mobile, strenuous physical activities such as gym, jogging, heavy housework should be avoided in the following 6 weeks. Once the wounds have fully healed, you will be advised to massage and moisturise the scars, and to regularly apply sunscreen for the following 12-18 months.
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