Breast uplift surgery, or mastopexy, raises the breasts that lost their shape and became sagging due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, significant weight gain or loss, and the natural process of aging. This surgical procedure involves removing excess skin after creating an incision around the areola (the darker skin around the nipple) – this stretches the skin, enhances its firmness, and ‘lifts’ the breast.
How is the surgical procedure performed?
Breast uplift surgery can be performed together with breast augmentation with implants. This achieves even better results if you are seeking not only firmness but also volume. The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and takes up to 3 hours to complete.
We select the appropriate breast uplift technique individually, based on the shape and droopiness of your breasts and your expectations.
If your breasts are drooping only slightly, we suggest using teardrop-shaped implants. For droopier breasts, the so-called anchor (or inverted ‘t’) incision will have to be performed. This allows us to remove more of the excess skin and mammary gland below the breast.
The surgery repositions the nipple and the areola and removes the excess skin from underneath the breast. The breast contour is raised, giving it a more youthful look.
1. Consultation with plastic surgeon
It is important to keep in mind that clients’ expectations sometimes exceed what is actually possible, which is why the surgeon will be inspecting your breasts to assess their and their nipples’ symmetry, shape, and size, also examining the folds below the breasts.
2. Preparing for surgery
For a successful surgery and best outcomes, it is important that you also take steps to prepare for the surgical procedure. You should quit smoking at least 4 weeks prior to the surgery; temporarily stop taking aspirin and certain other kinds of anti-inflammatory medication so as to reduce the risk of bleeding; and avoid eating and drinking for 6 hours before the surgery. A breast ultrasound examination may also be performed.
3. Surgical procedure
The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia. The surgery takes 2 to 3 hours.
The exact site of the incision depends on your individual anatomy.
4. Outcome and recovery
The result is visible immediately, but patients may experience discomfort for some time. The nipples may feel numb and the breasts may become more sensitive to the touch. In the first month after the surgery, patients may notice swelling and experience discomfort, but the swollenness dissipates over time, with the incision wounds beginning to scar before fading away completely. The new shape of the breast settles within several months.
You will be spending the first day after the surgery at our clinic, but even after returning home you will need to take an attentive care of yourself, following your doctor’s instructions.