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Breast lift

Ageing, gravity, weight fluctuations and pregnancy can take their toll on your breasts, leaving your once young and firm breasts saggy, droopy and less attractive. A breast lift can restore your bust to a firmer and more youthful appearance.

Mastopexy surgery is most commonly known as a breast lift and helps to firm and raise the breasts by tightening the tissue and removing excess skin to support and reshape the breast contour. Over time, a woman’s breast will change, causing your bust to lose its firmness and youthful shape. Several factors and circumstances can cause the skin around your breast to loss its elasticity and include:

  • Weight fluctuations
  • Ageing
  • Pregnancy
  • Gravity
  • Breastfeeding
  • Genetics

During the procedure, the plastic surgeon will removed excessive skin and reposition and reshape the breast for a natural and youthful look. The areola may also be reduced and/or reposition to compliment your new breasts.

For more detailed information on surgical technique an information brochure can be emailed to you by contacting us.

Limitations

Mastopexy surgery will drastically improve the appearance of your breasts; however, there are some limitations that the procedure cannot correct. The surgery will not significantly change the breast size or round the upper part of the bust. If you desire a fuller breast, consider undergoing breast augmentation surgery in conjunction with the breast lift. For individuals wanting smaller breasts, combine the mastopexy surgery with breast reduction.

Good Candidates

Women wanting a younger, firmer bust will benefit from the procedure. Mastopexy is a good option for people who:

  • Are physically healthy with a stable weight
  • Are non-smokers
  • Have realistic expectations for the surgery
  • Have flatter breasts with an elongated shape or pendulous
  • Have nipples that fall lower than the breast crease when not supported
  • Have areolas and nipples that point downward
  • Have one breast that is lower than the other
  • Have enlarged areolas and stretched skin

Though the surgery can be performed at any age, most plastic surgeons will recommend waiting until the breast development has stopped. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect the shape and size of the breasts. However, some women choose to have the surgery before bearing children and feel they will address the changes to their breasts later. Most women can still breastfeed after having a breast lift since the nipples and milk ductare left intact. However, you should discuss the possibility of pregnancy and breastfeeding with your plastic surgeon before undertaking this surgery.

Consultation

A consultation with your plastic surgeon will be schedule well in advance of the surgery. During this meeting, you and your surgeon will thoroughly discuss the procedure and what results you desire. The surgeon will examine your breasts, taking photographs and measurements to add to your medical records. The shape and size of your breasts, nipple and areolas placement and quality of the skin will be evaluated. The plastic surgeon will require you to bring your complete medical history including any and all medical treatments you have undergone, medications you are taking and medical conditions you have.

Variations

A breast lift is a personalized procedure that varies from patient to patient. The shape and size of the breasts, extent of sagging and size of areolas are vital factors that your plastic surgeon uses to determine the best technique and course of action for you.

Risks

Like other surgeries, the breast lift is not without complications and risks that your plastic surgeon will discuss with you during the consultation. Fortunately, serious complications are infrequent and thousands of women every year successfully undergo the procedure and experience no major problems. However, anyone considering the surgery should be aware of all potential risks. Infection, reaction to the anaesthesia and bleeding are a few potential complications that are associated with this procedure.

Breasts that are not perfectly symmetrical or have a nipple height that varies slightly are a problem that can occur after the surgery. Your plastic surgeon can make minor adjustments to correct these problems at a later time. Other risks include permanent loss of sensation to the nipples and incisions that have healed poorly. These potential risks are rare but can sometimes be corrected with revisionary surgery.