Many women feel that their breasts do not match their overall body physique or they may be displeased with the changes to their breasts which come about through normal ageing, after pregnancy or following menopause. In such cases, a breast lift (mastopexy) is an option to help create a more youthful and naturally lifted breast appearance.
The procedure involves resecting unwanted skin and elevating the nipple/areola from a lower, droopier position, to a more natural position on the breast mound. If a patient perceives her breasts to be droopy, breast implants may be inserted at the same time. The surgery is either performed through a peri-areola scar (i.e. around the circumference of the areola), or using a keyhole pattern incision, with the resultant scar around the areola and a small horizontal scar in the inframammary fold. A vertical scar joins these two scars. All sutures are absorbable and do not need to be removed. Post-operatively the patient has to wear a bra for 4 weeks, day and night.
It is important to understand that no person is perfectly symmetrical from one side to the other, even before a surgical procedure. Every attempt will be made during surgery to minimise your side-to-side dissimilarities, but such differences are natural and always persist to some degree even after the most successful operation.
- Duration of operation: 2 hours (2.5 hours if implants are inserted during breast lift surgery)
- Anaesthetic: General anaesthetic
- Hospital stay: 1-2 nights
- Driving: 1 week
- Back to work: 1-2 weeks
- Exercise: 4-6 weeks