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Breast Mastopexy(Uplift)

Breast Mastopexy surgical procedure where the breast is hitched or lifted up because it is too droopy. During a breast lift, excess skin is removed and breast tissue is reshaped. The goals of surgical therapy are to restore normal contour and size and to do so with a minimal amount of visible scars. A breast Mastopexy might also boost your self-image and self-confidence.

 Breast Mastopexy is done to

  • Pregnancy. During pregnancy, the ligaments that support your breasts might stretch as your breasts get fuller and heavier. This stretching might contribute to sagging breasts after pregnancy ‐ whether or not you breast-feed your baby.
  • Weight fluctuations. Changes in your weight can cause your breast skin to stretch and lose elasticity.
  • Gravity. Over time, gravity causes ligaments in the breasts to stretch and sag.

Breast Mastopexy is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually with a one night stay in hospital. You are marked out before the operation, and it is designed on the pattern of a breast reduction technique. The breast tissue or gland is also reshaped in an effort to produce greater projection and an overall more rounded look.

Preparing For Your Breast Mastopexy Manchester Surgery

A breast Mastopexy isn't for everyone. If you're considering pregnancy at any point in the future, you might delay getting a breast lift. During pregnancy your breasts could stretch and offset the results of the lift.

It is important to share the current and past medical conditions. Talk about any medications you're taking or have taken recently, as well as any surgeries you've had. To determine your treatment options, the doctor will examine your breasts ‐ including the position of your nipples and areolae. Make sure you understand the risks and benefits, including scarring and changes in nipple or breast sensation.

You should ideally stop smoking 6 weeks prior to surgery and stop taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements before surgery. You may need preoperative tests prior to surgery, which we will arrange if requireds.

Things to avoid before Breast Mastopexy

Your plastic surgeon would recommend you some specific instructions before the procedure of breast mastopexy include:

  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid certain medications.
  • When to take your prescribed medications.
  • Arrange for help during recovery.
  • Restrictions regarding eating and drinking the night before surgery.
  • Be at a healthy weight.

Breast Mastopexy Lifespan

In some patient the breast lift result last for over 15 years while others may want minor revisions only after a few years. For long lasting results from a typical breast lift surgery depends on many factors such as genetics, age, health, dietary habits, as well as surgical techniques. On average, breast lift results last for 10 to 15 years.

You will see Mr Siddiqui, Consultant Plastic Surgeon for a consultation which will involve an examination of the breast. Then he will go through the different techniques available for treatment and what will give you the desired result. If you are interested in breast mastopexy(uplift) surgery, contact our surgeon at the BreastAndBody clinic in Manchester, Chester or Preston. Call at 07787 331122 or you can book an appointment for a breast mastopexy surgery by filling the booking form.

How long is recovery after Breast Mastopexy?

After the breast mastopexy operation, most patients take at least two weeks off work depending on their job. Your breasts will be sore and swollen for a few weeks after the operation. Do not lift heavy things for several weeks, and avoid sex for at least two weeks. It usually takes 6 to 12 weeks for the breasts to achieve their final shape.

Benefits of a Breast Mastopexy (Breast Lift)

Some benefits of breast lift surgery to achieve a better breast appearance.

  • A Firmer Breast Appearance- A Breast lift is a procedure that improves the firmness of breasts. Women feel their breasts have been affected negatively after pregnancy. Breast lift surgery enables women to get their breasts in the proper size and shape.
  • Rejuvenates Your Look- If your drooping nipples point downward, then breast lift surgery helps you to reposition your nipples in their proper position. A breast lift is a procedure that can reposition your nipples, make them more visible and make your breasts look younger.
  • Improves Your Physical Health- A breast lift is a great way to improve your physical and emotional health. This procedure can reduce excess weight on your chest, reshape your breast tissue, leading to less back and neck pain. It also gets rid of skin irritation beneath your breasts.
  • Improves the Appearance of Your Breasts- Breast lift is a cosmetic procedure that can help you achieve the perfect breast size and shape and also boost your self-esteem. The procedure improves the appearance of your breasts by tightening sagging skin around your breasts, making your nipples stand out, and reshaping your breasts to make a woman feel good about her breasts and body as a whole.
  • Reduced under breast Irritation- Sagging breasts can cause skin irritation that can be caused by excess skin. Breast reduction can alleviate the rashes, chafing and infections due to large breasts.

Risk and potential complications of Breast Mastopexy

Any surgery poses a certain amount of complications and risks. The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely personal, and you'll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and the risk and complications are acceptable.

    Breast Lift Complications associated with Mastopexy Surgery

  • Scars- There will be scars from the surgery. These will usually be red at first, then purple, and then fade to become paler over 12 to 18 months.
  • Bleeding- Heavy bleeding is unusual but possible, and you may need a blood transfusion or another operation (or both) to stop the bleeding. Any bleeding usually happens immediately after, or soon after, surgery.
  • Infection- If you get an infection of the wound you may need antibiotics or another operation. If you have discharge from your nipple, it is important to tell your surgeon about it as this can increase the risk of infection.
  • Swelling, bruising and pain- There will be some swelling and bruising of the breasts after the operation, and this can take weeks to settle.
  • Seroma- This is where fluid collects in the breast. That fluid may need to be drained by having a needle through the skin, or by having another operation. This can affect the final result of the surgery.
  • Healing problems - The edges of the wound can come apart, particularly at the ends of the scar. Usually this problem can be put right by dressing the wounds, but you may need more surgery to remove the tissue that has not healed. Smokers are more likely to have healing problems.
  • Increased or reduced sensation - After the surgery, most patients will get some changes in the sensation in their breasts, most commonly numbness near the scar and either increased or reduced sensation in the nipples. In rare cases, the change in sensation may be permanent. Rarely, reduced sensation can cause problems with breastfeeding.
  • Change over time - The appearance of your breasts will change as a result of ageing, pregnancy or other circumstances not related to your surgery, such as putting on or losing weight. You may need further surgery or other treatments to maintain the results of the breast uplift.
  • Allergic reactions -Rarely, allergic reactions to tape, stitches or solutions have been reported. If you have an allergic reaction you may need extra treatment.
  • Asymmetry -This is where the breasts are not symmetrical. There may be irregularities at the end of the scars. These may improve with time, or you may need a small operation to correct them.

Post Operative Activities

  • After a breast lift, your breasts will likely be covered with gauze and a surgical support bra.
  • Normal daily activities like driving etc are allowed after the first week.
  • Body exercises can be resumed from 6 week onwards.

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Frequently Asked questions About Breast Mastopexy

The female breast undergoes enlargement during pregnancy and lactation and due to weight gain. It subsequently undergoes involution once breast-feeding stops or weight loss occurs. As a result of this the breast decreases in size, the skin becomes lax, stretch marks appear and the breast becomes saggy in appearance. The upper part of the breast appears hollow due to loss of volume and appears unattractive.
Breast ptosis can be corrected by a procedure called mastopexy which involves removal of excess slack skin and repositioning of the breast tissue and nipple resulting in a more youthful appearance of the breast.
A mastopexy is carried out under a general anaesthetic and usually involves one night in hospital. Following the operation a tube drain may be placed within the breast to remove any fluid or blood that collects after surgery. This tube drain is removed one or two days after surgery and the patient is allowed to go home. Most patients are able to shower daily and replace their own dressings at home.
Most patients have minimal discomfort, which is well controlled with painkillers. They may have slight difficulty in lifting heavy weights or stretching the arms above the head which normally resolves within a few days. The breasts are usually bruised and swollen for two to six weeks after the operation. During this period patients are advised to wear a sports bra or a soft bra with no under wires. The vast majority of patients are virtually back to normal in two weeks and are able to participate in gym, aerobics and swimming at four weeks after the operation.
Most patients are able to return to work within two weeks of the surgery.
Just like any other operation mastopexy has its own complications such as bleeding, haematoma (blood clot in the substance of the breast), infection, delayed wound healing, visible or unfavourable scars, minor asymmetry in size, shape or position of the scars and loss of sensation in parts of the breast or the nipple. These complications are relatively unusual. Sometimes patients may require a small secondary revision procedure approximately 1 year following surgery.
A breast lift, or mastopexy, typically lasts one to three hours and is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. The patient is discharged to home after one or two hours in the recovery room. Your surgeon would instruct you to relax but bed rest is not necessary. Some women also get breast implants at the same time as their breast lift. Your surgeon would describe your options and explain the procedure in detail.
A breast lift also known as mastopexy usually has no impact on breastfeeding. Women can breastfeed before breast lift surgery and will be able to breastfeed after surgery. This is because breast lift surgery does not usually affect milk supply or the breastfeeding function of the breasts. You can get a breast lift at any age after your breasts have finished developing.
There will be risk of scarring after a breast lift. Any incisions made during a breast lift will be extremely thin, with the focus being on minimizing scarring. While the incision(s) is thin, the breast lift scars will be very noticeable, with a red, raised appearance. Other breast lift techniques may leave thin horizontal or vertical scars on the breasts.
After the surgery, the breast lift scars will be very noticeable, with a red, raised appearance. While scars are permanent, they'll soften and become thin. These scars will fade to pink and eventually turn to white and after one year it would be flatten out so it is less noticeable. Scars from a breast lift can usually be hidden by bras and bathing suits.
After breast mastopexy surgery your surgeon would recommend you to wear surgical bra until the first shower on the second postoperative day. This bra should be washed at this time and replaced or you can use another comfortable bra without an underwire. You can wear a sports bra all the time (preferably one that buttons in the front), especially when you sleep at night and after one month you can wear any type of bra.