Some women experience sagging and drooping of the breasts following weight loss, pregnancy and breastfeeding, or as a result of premature aging. The skin, tissue and ligaments that support the breast begin to stretch, causing the breasts to lose their youthful volume and shape. Suitable candidates for a Breast Lift ‘Mastopexy’ procedure generally have significant sagging and volume loss, as well as the nipples positioned below the inframammary crease (breast fold).
What is a Breast Lift ( Mastopexy )
Breast Lift or ‘Mastopexy’ involves moving the nipple and breast tissue to a higher position by removing excess skin and tissue from the lower part of the breast via a ‘Le Jour’ incision. The ‘Le Jour’ or ‘lollipop’ technique involves an incision around the nipple and an incision vertically down from the nipple to the breast crease. The scars generally heal quite well and are barely visible at the 12 month post-surgery mark.
All Breast Lift procedures are performed in fully accredited hospital facilities to ensure the absolute highest standard of care. A 1-2 night hospital stay is recommended for this procedure, performing a Breast Lift as a day procedure is uncommon.
Prior to your surgery, your plastic surgeon will draw detailed surgical markings, and a general anaesthetic will be administered, as well as other necessary medications.
Breast Lift recovery
Patients are advised to take 1-2 weeks off work to allow enough time for their recovery from surgery. Patients should ensure children and other duties can be taken care of in that time to ensure they don’t exert themselves lifting/carrying. You will be seen by your surgeon the following day after your surgery in hospital.
Some pain and discomfort including swelling, bruising and soreness is to be expected for the first 2-4 weeks. If pain and discomfort doesn’t improve, the patient should contact the rooms to notify their surgeon. Wearing a supportive bra following surgery is highly encouraged – a soft crop bra will be fitted post-surgery and patients are advised to wear a supportive sports bra continually during their recovery.
Risks associated with Breast Lift surgery
Risks can include bleeding, scarring, infection and allergic reaction to anaesthesia. These complications are all unlikely but should be considered prior to undergoing any surgical procedure. An understanding of a realistic outcome is communicated to patients during their consultation period, so they are aware of associated minimal scarring and possible risks that can occur.