Breast lift or mastopexy is a surgical procedure that reshapes sagging breasts returning a normal, pleasant and youthful shape without changing its real size.
This procedure reduces the area of the skin that covers the breast and in relation to the new volume that is formed, it will appear fuller and less sagging. The nipples are raised to a higher position, giving the breast a more pleasing shape to the eye. Breast lifting can also reduce the size of the areola, that is, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.
If the breasts are small or have lost volume, for example following a pregnancy, breast implants inserted with the breast lift increase both their firmness and their size.
Before surgery, the surgeon will mark the areas of skin removal. Since there are several techniques, which one will be used depends on the surgeon’s preference and the problem encountered by the patient. The incision will outline the circumference of the areola starting from the lower edge and continuing vertically, until it joins another curved incision.
When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola will be moved to the highest part. Once the wound has been sutured, a dressing is applied with which the patient will be discharged the following day. If you have chosen to insert the implants after the facelift, they will be placed in a pocket directly under the breast tissue or deeper under the chest wall muscle.
The scars remain lumpy and red for months but gradually become less noticeable and towards the end they become thin white lines. The location of the scars is usually hidden and allows you to wear low-cut dresses as well.
Who is the ideal candidate for breast lift?
Lifting improves the appearance of the breasts and increases self-confidence, but does not necessarily change the patient’s appearance.
Before deciding for surgery, it is necessary to think carefully about your expectations and talk about it with the surgeon. Many women choose breast lifting because pregnancy and breastfeeding have left them with tight skin and less volume. There are no particular risks for future pregnancies as lifting usually does not interfere with breastfeeding. However, a new pregnancy must be avoided for a few years after surgery to avoid stretching the scars and compromising the results of the surgery.
The immediate results of breast lift
The initial appearance of the breast after the operation will be rather flattened, but with the passing of a few months it will return to its natural shape and the results of the lifting will gradually become more and more visible.
The preoperative visit for breast lift
In the initial consultation it is importantfor the patient to discuss her expectations openly, together with the surgeon, and to listen to her opinion.
The surgeon will describe the procedure in detail, also with regard to the corrections made to the nipple and areola that will be positioned higher and will explain the anesthesia to be used, the type of structure and the related costs.
How do you prepare for breast lift?
Depending on age and family history, the surgeon may request a mammogram prior to surgery and will provide specific instructions on how to prepare, including guidelines on what to eat and drink, smoking, and what medications you can take and which ones not.
Breast lift anesthesia
This type of surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient will be unconscious for the duration of the operation.
The post-operative course in breast lifting
After surgery, an elastic bandage or surgical bra must be worn. The breasts will be bruised, swollen for a day or two, but the pain should not be very severe and can be relieved with prescribed medications. After a few days, the bandages or surgical bra will be replaced by a soft bra that must be worn all day for three to four weeks.
Any complications in breast lift
The main problem with this surgical procedure is the extensive scars that will always be visible. It is in fact unlikely that they will disappear completely, which is why there are women who refuse this procedure precisely because of the extent of the scars.
Breast lift is not a simple operation, but it is a safe procedure when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon.
However, as with any surgery, there is always the possibility of complications or reactions to anesthesia.
Bleeding and infections following a breast lift are rare and it is possible to further reduce the risks by following the doctor’s advice before and after surgery.
It is possible to feel pain in the postoperative phase and, if this occurs, analgesics will be prescribed to relieve the disorder.