What is Mastopexy?
As a result of breast nursing, gravity, weight changes and ageing, breasts sag and lose their shape. A breast lift raises and shapes your own breast tissue reducing and tightening the sagging skin and moves your nipple to a higher position. It can even out differences between the breasts and reduce the areola size. A smaller size of implant can also be placed for further results. However, it is so important to keep in mind that larger implants may cause wound opening in the first weeks, pressing from inside out. Most of these wounds heal with a good wound care, unless the implant is exposed.
Who is the ideal candidate for breast lift surgery?
Performed after the age of 17-18 years, one or more of the following conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate:
- Breasts that are pendulous, but of satisfactory size
- Breasts that lack substance or firmness
- Nipples and areolas that point downward, especially if they are positioned below the breast crease
How long does a breast lift last?
In most, results are long lasting. Individual properties such as elasticitiy, weight of the breasts, using bras etc. are important factors. Breasts will continue to sag with age, weight changes and future pregnancies.
How is breast lift procedure performed?
Usually using the ‘vertical mastopexy technique or the ‘lollipop’ technique, an incision is made around the areola which extends vertically downwards to the natural crease under the breast. The incision may continue on the submammarial crease, whose length is dependant on the degree of sagging. Excess skin is removed from around the areola and at the base of the breast. Nipples are moved to a higher position and the breast tissue is tightened. Because your breasts are denser now, you may feel that they were also reduced.
Duration of operation: 1 – 1.5hrs (general anesthesia)
Hospital stay: 0-1 night
What to expect immediately after surgery?
Initially your breasts may be taped high on your chest or you will be wearing a surgical bra to support, hold and protect you for the next weeks. There may be loss of feeling at the nipples and breast skin which is normal and usually passes within 1 to 6 months.
How long will it be before I can get back to my normal life?
This should not be rushed and will usually take 2-4 weeks. A 7-10 night stay is recommended in Turkey following the procedure. Results from a breast lift can usually be seen between 2-6 months. So no need to worry in the early postoperative period.
Can mastopexy be performed without scar?
Scars are the results of any surgical procedure and should be expected. With minimal scarring from the vertical mastopexy method, the scars around the nipples will fade to become barely visible 9-12 months after surgery. There are some other methods with less scarring however, with the expense of inadequate breast projection and shape.
What is the difference between a breast lift and a breast reduction?
Techniques are similar. In a breast reduction more breast tissue (fat, glands) and excess skin are removed to make the breasts smaller in size. Lifting is also performed during a breast reduction creating more youthful looking breasts. The length of the submammarial scar is dependant on the degree of reduction and lifting. But these scars are still much shorter in vertical mammoplasty than those in other methods.
A breast lift can be performed as a single procedure to lift and firm up your breasts giving them a more youthful and shapely contour. In many cases it is performed as part of a body shaping procedure, often with liposuction and a tummy tuck (mummy makeover!) for the best overall improvement in appearance.