What is a breast uplift?

What is a breast uplift? A breast uplift, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and tightens the underlying breast tissue. This can help to lift and reshape the breasts, giving them a more youthful appearance. Who is a good candidate for a breast uplift? If you are unhappy with […]

Jan 25, 2023

What is a breast uplift?

A breast uplift, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and tightens the underlying breast tissue. This can help to lift and reshape the breasts, giving them a more youthful appearance.

Who is a good candidate for a breast uplift?

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts due to sagging or drooping, you may be a good candidate for a breast uplift. Other factors that may make you a good candidate for this procedure include:

  • Having stable weight
  • Being in good overall health
  • Not planning on having any more children

What are the benefits of a breast uplift?

There are many benefits to a breast uplift, including:

  • Improved breast shape and appearance
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Improved ability to wear clothing that fits well
  • Reduced back pain (in some cases)

What are the risks of a breast uplift?

As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with a breast uplift. These risks can include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Changes in nipple sensation
  • Loss of breast tissue

However, these risks are generally low when the procedure is performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon.

What to expect before, during, and after a breast uplift?

Before your breast uplift surgery, you will meet with your surgeon to discuss your goals for the procedure and to assess your individual needs. You will also be given instructions on how to prepare for surgery, such as quitting smoking and losing weight if necessary.

On the day of your surgery, you will be given general anesthesia. The procedure will typically take several hours. During the surgery, your surgeon will make incisions in your breasts to remove excess skin and tighten the underlying tissue. The incisions will then be closed with sutures.

After your surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room where you will be monitored for several hours. You will be able to go home the same day or the following day.

You will need to wear a compression garment for several weeks after your surgery to help support your breasts and reduce swelling. You will also need to avoid strenuous activity for several weeks.

Most women are able to return to work within a week or two of their breast uplift surgery. However, it may take several months for your breasts to fully heal.

Are there any alternatives to a breast uplift?

Using padded bras or inserts can make your breasts appear to have a better shape.

If there is not much excess skin and your breasts are not droopy, your surgeon may be able to assess you for a breast augmentation.

If you have a large breast size, your surgeon may be able to assess you for a breast reduction.

What does the operation involve?

The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Your surgeon will make a cut on the line of the areola (the darker area around your nipple) and a vertical cut underneath your areola. They will remove excess skin and reshape your breast tissue. Your surgeon will lift your nipple so it is in a higher position.

a The excess skin is removed

b The breast is re-shaped and the nipple is lifted

How can I prepare myself for the operation?

If you smoke, stopping smoking now may reduce your risk of developing complications and will improve your long-term health.

Try to maintain a healthy weight. You have a higher risk of developing complications if you are overweight.

Regular exercise should help to prepare you for the operation, help you to recover and improve your long-term health. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

If you have not had the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, you may be at an increased risk of serious illness related to COVID-19 while you recover. Speak to your doctor or healthcare team if you would like to have the vaccine.

What complications can happen?

Some complications can be serious and can even cause death.

General complications of any operation

  • bleeding
  • infection of the surgical site (wound)
  • allergic reaction to the equipment, materials or medication
  • blood clot in your leg
  • blood clot in your lung
  • chest infection

Specific complications of this operation

  • developing a collection of blood (haematoma) or fluid (seroma) inside a breast
  • developing a lump
  • numbness or continued pain on the outer part of your breast
  • stiff shoulder
  • loss of skin, including the areola and nipple
  • change of breast and nipple sensation
  • reduced ability to breastfeed
  • cosmetic problems

Consequences of this procedure

  • pain
  • unsightly scarring of your skin

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home the same day.

You should be able to return to normal activities after 2 to 3 weeks.

You should be able to return to work after 2 weeks, depending on your type of work.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

The results of a breast uplift improve gradually over the first 6 months. Your breasts should become softer and more natural, and the scars should fade.

Summary

Breast uplift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that aims to restore the youthful perkiness of breasts that have lost their shape due to factors such as pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. The procedure involves removing excess skin and tightening the underlying breast tissue, resulting in a more lifted and contoured appearance.

While breast uplift surgery can be a transformative procedure, it is important to have realistic expectations about the results. The goal of the surgery is to improve the shape and appearance of the breasts, not to restore them to their pre-pregnancy or pre-weight loss state. Additionally, it is important to note that breast uplift surgery will not prevent the breasts from changing shape in the future.

If you are considering breast uplift surgery, it is important to consult with a qualified and experienced surgeon to discuss your goals for the procedure and to assess your individual needs. The surgeon will be able to provide you with more information about the procedure, the risks and benefits, and the expected results.

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to undergo breast uplift surgery is a personal one. However, by carefully considering the options and having realistic expectations, you can make an informed decision about whether or not this procedure is right for you.

If you are interested in learning more about breast uplift surgery, please contact Dr. Foti Sofiadellis, a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon in Melbourne. Dr. Sofiadellis is committed to providing his patients with the highest quality care and will work with you to achieve your desired results.

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