Breast Lift (mastopexy)
As women age, their skin usually loses its elasticity and it results the sagging of the breasts/chest (ptosis) due to the loss of firmness and shape of their breast tissue. The causes for this can also be greatly affected by inherited traits, especially when one breast is well positioned and the other is not, or it can also happen to due extreme weight loss. It can occur in different degrees and men today know that, despite it being a natural condition, it can be easily corrected with cosmetic treatment.
By enhancing the shape of their breasts/chest, women can improve their self-assurance and radically change the way they are perceived by others.
A mastopexy implies the reshaping and lifting of the breast and can be combined with a decrease or increase in breast size. The objective of this procedure is to rearrange the breast tissue, shifting the position of the nipple and to tighten the skin so that breast firmness is augmented, resulting in a more natural and youthful contour of the chest.
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What Can I Expect From Mastopexy
Whenever you come to the decision of submitting yourself to any type of plastic surgery, you always need to keep in mind that no procedure will be able to provide a ‘perfect’ aspect to your body. The objective of a cosmetic treatment is to achieve an enhancement in your features, not to provide an ‘ideal’. This can help your boost your self-confidence and assurance, making you feel better with the way you look while at the same time keeping realistic and down-to-earth expectations. This is one of the core values we have here at HCR: we want you to be completely satisfied with the results of your surgery and heighten your self-esteem.
The ideal candidate for this type of procedure is a woman’s whose breasts are pendulous and lack substance or firmness; also, women whose nipples point downwards (positioned beneath the breast crease) can also greatly benefit from this operation. Doctors usually prefer for their patients to be 18 or older and in good physical health.
By connecting you with one of the best teams of doctors in the industry, HCR is aware of the different types of needs our diverse patients may have. Therefore, we will provide the best service possible for you, not matter what you are looking for, and we will aid you in every possible way in your pursuit to enhance your appearance.
At HCR we strongly advise patients to have an initial consultation with their plastic surgeon before any procedure is performed. This way, both the patient and the doctor have an equal opportunity to contribute in the whole process and by doing so, the satisfaction of the client increases tenfold. During this initial discussion, you must not hesitate to talk about your expectation with your surgeon openly, since he/she will help you determine what is and what isn’t possible to achieve. One thing HCR always points out is the need for patients to be aware of all the different aspects of the surgery you are willing to undertake (the cost and recovery process); everything must be made extremely clear for you and we will always go out of our way to accomplish this.
Also, you can feel free to ask your doctor concerning any questions or doubts you may have concerning the procedure. He/she will always inform you about all the different details; for example, you should know if you should stop taking certain medications or if you will need to refrain from drinking or eating for a certain time period before your surgery.
Make sure you have good communication with your surgeon at all times since this will help increase your level of satisfaction. Therefore, please do not hesitate to contact HCR since we will be more than happy to help you with anything you need.
The Mastopexy Procedure
This surgery is performed under general anesthesia and you will sleep throughout the whole procedure. Depending on the extent of the procedure, it takes from 1 hour and a half to 3 hours for the whole process to be finished.
There are many techniques when it comes to approaching this surgery, but one which is utilized the most by surgeons today consists in an anchor-shaped incision made by following the natural outline of the breast.
The incision marks the region from which the breast skin will be taken out and signals the new location for the nipple, which will be moved into a higher position once the excess skin is removed. When it is has been taken out, the skin around the areola is taken down and the breast is given a new shape.
Once the process is finishes, stitches are used to close the incisions and are usually placed in a vertical line downwards from the nipple, along the lower crease of the breast.
Another type of technique is called ‘concentric mastopexy’. With this surgery, smaller incisions are used and made in a circular fashion; this way, doughnut-shaped portions of skin are removed from the breast, giving it a more youthful looking contour.
When your doctor is finishes, an elastic bandage or surgical bra is placed around your chest which you will have to wear for a few days.
Post-Op – After Surgery
You can expect swelling and bruising, hence, your chest area will be uncomfortable for a couple of days but you will be able to be up and about. The discomfort you feel can be lessened by prescribed medication from your doctor.
After a few days, the elastic bandage/bra will be replaced by lighter covering, which you will have to wear around the clock. Your sutures will be removed after a week or two prior to the operation.
You can also expect the loss of feeling around your nipples and chest skin, usually caused by the swelling, but keep in mind that is disappears after time progresses, after six weeks or so.
You can resume work after a week or so, depending on how fast you are healing. You should refrain from lifting objects over your head for at least a month as well as vigorous activity or exercise
As with any type of cosmetic surgery, complications are unusual, but they sometimes do doctor’s directions before and after the procedure.
Bleeding and infection can occur. However, they are usually minor and can be reduced by precisely following your doctor’s advice after such a procedure, but are treated quickly and effectively. You must also keep in mind that mastopexy leaves permanent scars, even though they are usually small and inconspicuous.
Make sure to ask your surgeon concerning any risks you might have to face when undertaking this surgery. However, you must keep in mind that our certified group of doctors works full-time to prevent such scenarios from happening, since we value the health of our patients above anything else.
In order to keep the risks at a bare minimum, please make sure that you follow your surgeons instructions at all times.