WHY IS A BREAST LIFT PERFORMED?
Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, restores a more youthful appearance to a woman’s breasts. Over the years breasts can lose their shape and firmness due to pregnancy, nursing and loss of skin elasticity, causing them to sag. Mastopexy will raise and reshape sagging breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning remaining tissue and nipples. Mastopexy does leave permanent scars, although they’ll be covered by your bra or bathing suit. (Poor healing and wider scars are more common in smokers.) The procedure can also leave you with unevenly positioned nipples, or a permanent loss of feeling in your nipples or breasts. This procedure can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. Mastopexy is commonly performed in conjunction with breast augmentation (implants) to increase breast firmness and size. This may appeal to women who have lost breast volume after pregnancy. As with all cosmetic surgery, realistic expectations and emotional stability are important. Though breasts of any size can be lifted, women with smaller breasts enjoy longer lasting results.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE OPERATION?
This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and can take 2-4 hours. This operation removes excess skin in and around the breast that has been stretched during pregnancy or weight fluctuations. Breast implants may also be used in conjunction with this procedure to achieve the desired result.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS & COMPLICATIONS?
There are general risks associated with a general anesthetic such as aspiration of stomach content into the lungs which can cause serious illness or death. Therefore, to help prevent this it is mandatory that you do not eat or drink anything (usually 8 hours) preceding your surgery. Other risks include DVTs, (clots in the veins of the legs) which can break off and travel to the lungs, this is known as an embolus and although very rare, can be life threatening; especially in smokers. You will be encouraged to get up and walk around as soon as possible to reduce these risks. Temporary bruising, swelling, some mild discomfort, numbness and dry/tender breast skin. Unfavorable scarring with keloid formations is possible. Scars, skin loss, infection, unevenly positioned nipples (asymmetry) and the possibility of permanent loss of feeling in the nipples and/or the breasts is possible.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE OPERATION?
You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you the first 24 hours after surgery. You may experience some discomfort which should be alleviated by the pain medications. The patient can return to work within one week or more and may resume strenuous activities after one month. The fading of scars may take several months to one year.
DURATION OF RESULTS?
The outcome varies from patient-to-patient. Other factors that may influence results are: gravity, pregnancy, aging and weight changes which may cause new sagging. Results may last longer or be enhanced when breast implants are inserted as part of the procedure adding support to the newly positioned breast tissue.
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