The best candidates for breast lift (mastopexy) are women who have significantly sagging breasts. The reasons for such a situation can be: ageing process, weight loss, long breastfeeding, post-pregnancy, etc. The surgery involves cut of skin excess, lift of gland and reposition of nipples to gain a result of firm and perky breasts. There is also a possibility of using breast implants during the same procedure.
During direct assessment, a plastic surgeon choses the best techniques of breast lift for a particular patient. Depending on the extent of breast sagging, their shape and size, the most common techniques are: so-called incision upside down T letter (round the nipple, vertically down and in natural curve below the breast), L letter (round the nipple and vertically down) or only round the nipple incision. The surgery takes about 2-3 hours and is performed under general anaesthesia.
After the surgery, the patient should stay in the clinic at least 3 nights. It should be enough to remove drains after that time. During the first week, the patient feels pain and discomfort, which can be controlled by painkillers. During the first 6 weeks it is necessary to wear a special bra, some surgeons recommend also wearing a special band above the breasts. Depending on the surgeon, there can be dissolvable or non dissolvable stitches (non dissolvable stitches should usually be removed after 8-12 days). In case of office workers, 1 week of work leave is recommended, whereas in case of manual workers, 2 weeks of work leave are recommended. It is normal for the swelling to take even up to a few weeks to resolve. Scars will flatten out and lighten in colour within a few months, about 3 weeks after the surgery incision should be treated with special ointments that help to heal the scars.
Although breast lift is a safe procedure, each surgery caries some risks. Sometimes bruising, permanent difference in nipple sensation/colour, bleeding or infection can occur. All risks connected with undergoing the surgery should be discussed with your surgeon during direct assessment.
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