In some enlightened cultures, women with drooping breasts are revered as it indicates the wisdom they have gained through experience.
For the rest of us, there is mastopexy, otherwise known as a breast lift.
Mastopexy is a purely elective cosmetic surgical procedure. It’s the choice for those who want to correct the shape, sagging (ptosis) and laxity of their breasts rather than alter their size. Mastopexy can also correct lopsided breasts (asymmetry) resulting from unequal development or it may help match a natural breast with one that’s been reconstructed. By combining mastopexy with a breast implant (augmentation mammoplasty), we can use it to tighten any excess skin while we increase the breast volume. It can also be used to reduce the size of your areolae or correct their position and orientation.
One of the most obvious problems of conducting surgery on such a prominent feature is scarring. To that end, we have developed a number of techniques and procedures to disperse the scarring. These include: circumferential scars solely around the areolae (peri areolar); short scars around the areolae along with a vertical scar; and a three-scar technique (peri areolar, vertical and horizontal). Your surgeon will frankly discuss with you the most suitable technique for the best outcome.
Mastopexy is performed under general anaesthesia and depending on your individual health may require an overnight stay.
To avoid problems, it’s really important that you tell us of any significant health problems you’ve had or medications you take (in particular, blood-thinning agents) when you consult with your surgeon about mastopexy. On top of that, we’ll need to know if you’ve had any previous surgical procedures on your breasts, radiotherapy or tendency to bad scarring. Once that’s covered, the main side effects are scars, which result from any surgery. Whilst you can expect them to be red and a little raised for several months, their severity will improve over time.
OK: you will immediately experience some discomfort but oral analgesia is usually enough to control the pain. Wearing a good, supportive bra will really help. Once your wounds are healed, we recommend you start massaging the scar line on your breasts in order to help flatten the welt. Check with your surgeon about the right time to start this scar management.
The wounds themselves should heal within 10 to 21 days. After two weeks, you can start back into your exercise routine, gradually increasing that over a month. You can also expect the bruising and swelling to settle over those two to six weeks. As with all surgery, complications can happen. Don’t worry, though: your surgeon will explain any possible complications during your consultation and we’re always here to support you through recovery.