As we get older, our skin starts to lose some of its elasticity. For many women, this results in a noticeable change in the way their breasts look. Women with larger sized breasts start to notice that their breasts become lax and change in shape significantly. Whereas, women with small breasts, see a subtle change as their breasts start to lower slightly.
In these cases, surgery can provide a suitable solution in the form of breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy surgery. A breast lift mastopexy allows women to attain a different breast shape and raise breasts that have become lax over time due to age, weight loss, or pregnancy.
Suitable mastopexy candidates are women in overall good health who are searching for a way to correct breast laxity. A breast lift (mastopexy) can be administered on any breast size.
In general, breast lift mastopexy candidates should:
Mastopexy surgery varies slightly for every patient; however the procedure will generally follow the steps outlined below.
Prior to your breast lift mastopexy, your anaesthesiologist will give you general sedation. IV sedation may be administered, or you may receive inhaled anaesthesia. Before your surgery, you will go over the different sedation options available to you with Dr Quinn. Even though both forms may be suitable, one could be more suited to your health needs than the other.
Following your sedation, Dr Quinn will very carefully make the incisions, according to your surgical plan. The surgery will leave some scars; however, he will work to reduce scarring by placing the incisions in the natural folds of your breasts.
By way of the incisions, Dr Quinn will trim away excess tissue and reform the underlying tissue. If your areola has become stretched he will reshape this area and remove tissues from the area. Then Dr Quinn can lift your areola and nipple, setting them higher up on your breasts. Your skin will then be re-draped moving some of the tissue that was above your areolas down to the lower portion of the breasts. Dr Quinn will then place various sutures that extend into the deeper breast tissue.
The operation is administered under a general anaesthetic, and an overnight stay in hospital is often required as suction drains will usually be required for 24-hours. However, surgery in a Day Procedure Centre is available in certain circumstances if preferred.
Recovery varies from patient to patient. The precise timeframe will rely upon the degree of your surgery, your body’s natural healing process and any additional procedures. Dr Quinn will provide you with guidance during your recovery.
The risks of surgery will be explained to you at your consultation. Risks of a mastopexy surgery can include anaesthesia complications, bleeding, infection, unwanted results, asymmetry, and poor healing. Following your aftercare instructions is important in order to avoid these possible complications. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Find more information here.
In most cases, the pain is not severe, with most patients experiencing soreness and discomfort. Prescribed pain medications should alleviate the pain associated with a breast lift mastopexy.
The procedure usually takes between one-and-a-half to three-and-a-half hours depending on the extent of the surgery and your needs.
Some amount of breast laxity is apparent even after mastopexy surgery. Some patients may wish to undergo an additional mastopexy in the future, depending on what their bra-wearing habits are.
Dr Quinn will attempt to be careful in the scar placement. However, it is important to realise that the scars are permanent. They will be raised and red for several months, slowly fading in colour and flattening. Over 12 to 24 months following your breast lift mastopexy the scars generally subside to a paler appearance.