Breasts lose their firmness and shape with age, due to weight loss and following pregnancy and breast feeding. Loss of volume along with loss of skin elasticity will cause the breasts to droop. The nipple and areola changes position and in many people looks downwards. Mastopexy / breast lift is the procedure to reshape as well as reposition the breasts in its youthful position. Implants may be required to replace the loss of volume. Pregnancy after mastopexy will cause the breast to enlarge further and a well supporting bra will help.
Why is Breast Lift performed?
Individual factors and personal preferences will determine the specific technique selected to lift your breasts. Incisions following the breast’s natural contour define the area of excision and the new location for the nipple and areola. Skin in the shaded area is removed, and the nipple and areola are moved to a higher position.
Procedure For Breast Lift
Mastopexy / breast lift surgery is commonly performed as a hospital based procedure. The type of procedure depends on the breast volume, the amount of breast sag and the quantum of loose skin.
Minimal sag of the breast with loss of volume (psuedoptosis) can be addressed by an implant and removal of excess skin around the areola. This will leave minimal scars which are hidden. Moderate and severe ptosis of breasts will require a slightly more invasive procedure with relocation of the breast tissue, nipple areola complex and removal of the excess skin. This leaves a scar shaped like a lolly pop which should fade with time.
The stitches will be covered by gauze with antibiotic cream and a well padded dressing. Although patients rarely complain of pain in the breast, pain killers are advised. Antibiotics are prescribed and a sports bra is recommended after a few days of surgery. The stitches are mostly under the skin and will not have to be removed. The corner stitches are removed in 2 weeks. Lifting hands above the head and strenuous exercise is not allowed for about 3 weeks. Fondling of the breast is allowed only after 6 weeks.
*Disclaimer-“There is no guarantee of specific results and that the results can vary from person to person.”
Breast lift surgery will make your breasts firmer and more uplifted. The position of your areolas and nipples will be enhanced, and the size of your areolas will be aesthetically pleasing.
The incisions from your breast lift surgery will heal and fade over time. It is important to realize, however, that the incision lines will be permanently visible. In some instances, they will eventually be only faint lines. Certain individuals may have incision lines that are more noticeable. Fortunately, the incisions for your breast lift are in locations easily concealed by clothing, even low-cut necklines.