Breast Uplift (Mastopexy)

Breast Uplift

Why have a Breast Uplift (Mastopexy)? In the ideal breast, the nipple and areola are level with the centre of the upper arm. Whether the result of weight loss, breastfeeding or simply gravity over the years, droopy breasts result from the fibrous bands, which when younger support and shape the breasts, breaking down and stretching. This natural support cannot be recreated with surgery, but the breast can be reshaped into a more youthful, firmer profile.

Unlike reduction or augmentation surgery, a breast uplift does not aim to change the size of the breasts. Instead, it seeks to restore the breasts’ more youthful and attractive shape, with better projection and more uplifting appearance.

Breast uplift consultation

The success and safety of your breast uplift surgery procedure depends very much on an explicit discussion of your goals during your consultation. Only with clear communication and careful planning will the surgeon be able to meet your particular aims and desires.

You will be asked some questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the surgery, our expectations and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Previous surgeries
  • Any family history of breast cancer and results of any mammograms

Your consultant will also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risks factors
  • Examine your breasts, take detailed measurements of their shape and size, skin quality, and placement of your nipples
  • Take photographs for your medical records
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of action.
  • Discuss the scarring that can result from uplift surgery and explain the various options available to you. Breast uplift typically produces scars around the areola of the nipples and possibly down to the breast crease and along the crease. The amount of scarring can vary depending on your initial shape. You surgeon will explain the extent of the scars you should expect.
  • Discuss any likely outcomes of breast uplift surgery, any risks or potential complications and what to expect during your recovery.
  • Discuss the use of anaesthesia during your surgery

Uplift Procedure

The procedure is also known as breast ptosis correction.

During the procedure, skin is cut away above, below and around the nipple and areola. Three common incision patterns can be used:

  • Around the areola
  • Around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease
  • Around the areola, vertically down the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease.

Next, the underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped in order to improve the breast contour, projection and firmness. Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple).This process may remove some stretch marks, but most will remain.

Finally, The remaining skin is then pulled taut and rejoined, and the nipple are repositioned to a natural, more youthful height. The excess breast skin is removed to compensate for a loss of elasticity.

Because this type of surgery interferes less with the nerve supply to the nipple areola, sensation is usually preserved

Breast uplift surgery usually takes about two hours. It is done under general anaesthesia and usually requires an overnight stay in the hospital.

What it won’t do

Breast lift surgery does not significantly change the size of your breasts or round out the upper portion of your breasts. If your desire is for your breasts to look fuller or smaller, you might want to consider either breast augmentation or breast reduction surgery.

The best results are achieved in women with small sagging breasts although breasts of any size can be lifted. The results may not last as long with heavy breasts. If the breasts are too small as well as droopy, their size can be increased during the operation by placing silicone breast implants underneath the tightened breasts.

Mastopexy surgery may also be combined with breast augmentation (Mastopexy Augmentation)to restore the shape of the breast if necessary; however, it is important to maintain a reasonable breast size for a pleasing and in proportion rather than striking figure and depending on each case. In general, it is advised that the two procedures are performed separately.

Further Reading:

Breast Augmentation (Enlargement)

British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons

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