Breast Uplift

With time, pregnancy/breast-feeding and excess weight loss the breast can become droopy. Sometimes the sagging of the breast is associated with loss of breast volume especially in the upper aspect of the breast. A breast uplift procedure or mastopexy can restore the position of the breast and if required implants can be used at the same time or at a later time to restore the loss of volume.


Who is a suitable candidate?

Having breast uplift is a very personal decision and you should be doing it for yourself and not for someone else. The satisfaction rate is high for this type of procedure.

You should be physically fit and not pregnant or breast-feeding.

Your expectations must be realistic and expect to have scar on the breast surface.


What happens before surgery?

You will be asked to stop certain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen or herbal medicines that might increase the risk of bleeding during or after surgery.

If you are a smoker, you will be advised to stop smoking at least two weeks before and a similar length after surgery to reduce the chances of wound healing issues.


What does the surgery involve and how long it takes?

The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic and takes between 2 to 3 hours to complete. The position of your scar depends on how much lift is required, expect a scar around the areola (the darker area around the nipple) and sometimes a straight-line scar between the nipple and underneath your breast (vertical scar). In some cases, additional incision is necessary underneath the breast crease as well (horizontal scar) inorder to achieve the full lift required. The incisions are stitched with dissolving suture material. Sometimes drain is required to stay in place overnight.


What happens after surgery?

Usually, after staying one night in the hospital, you can go home the next morning with some simple analgesia; if you have a drain it will be removed in the morning. You are encouraged to wear a sports bra for additional comfort and support after surgery for up to 6weeks.

You will be seen one week after surgery to ensure all is well. You can usually return back to routine work 2- 3 weeks after surgery and resume sports activities after 4-6 weeks. Another follow up will be organised 3 months after your surgery to assess the outcome and get feedback on your overall experience.


What are the risks and complications?

Breast lift surgery carries a low risk of complications and an overall high satisfaction rate. Some of the possible complications include:

  • Wound healing problems
  • Bleeding (haematoma)
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Unfavourable scarring
  • Infection
  • Change in nipple and/or skin sensation
  • Breast contour and shape irregularities
  • Asymmetry
  • Possibility of revision surgery

Summary:

Majority of patients are happy with their breast lift surgery .The procedure requires a short general anaesthetic and return to routine activity is soon after surgery.

  • Summary
  • Operation time 2-3 hours
  • Anaesthetic General Anaesthetic
  • Nights in hospital 0 or 1
  • Time off work 2-3 weeks
  • Return to exercise 4-6 weeks

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