Mastopexy, also known as a breast lift. This procedure is most beneficial for individuals with sagging or droopy breast and looking to restore shape and volume that may have been lost due to post-pregnancy, aging, weight-loss, and other factors.
A breast lift removes excess skin while repositions the location of the breast. Often, breast lift also involves the repositioning and reduction of nipples and areolas to create a more natural look. Even though breast tissues are not removed, a breast lift can actually result in a smaller-looking breast as excess skin is being removed.
It is best to consult a certified and experienced doctor to ensure your suitability. Discuss with your doctor your expectations. Ensure to disclose your medical history and if there have been any past procedures done.
Prior to the procedure, you will need to stop smoking and avoid alcohol intake weeks before. Stop certain medications, herbs, and supplements to reduce any risk of complications.
The procedure is typically done under general anesthesia.
To commence, your doctor will mark the positions where your nipple will go before administering the anesthesia. The surgeon will then remove extra skin and lift your breast tissue up as planned. Once done, you will be bandaged and may have tiny drains in your breast for up to 2 days.
Expect to be uncomfortable for a few days. You may be required to wear a bra or have a special dressing in place for support needed during the recovery.
Stitches will likely be removed in about 2-3 weeks.
Results will be seen immediately but the size and shape of your breast will continue to improve as time passes.
During recovery, it is important to limit your activity and follow closely the aftercare instructions by your doctor. It is important to report any signs of side effects.
Possible complications may include:
– changes in nipple or breast sensation
– changes in breast shape and sizes
– loss of nipple or areola