Breast lift or mastopexy
Plastic surgeons specialists in breast lift in Málaga
Mastopexy is a surgical procedure to lift and improve the shape of hanging breast. With years and circumstances like pregnancy, breastfeeding and gravity breasts tend to hang; moreover, with the skin’s loss of elasticity the breast loses shape and starts to hang – a phenomena known as ptosis of the breast.
If the breast, in addition to hanging, loses some of its volume, it is possible to use prosthesis. Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola if it is too big.
The perfect candidates for breast surgery are healthy, emotionally stable people who understand the results that the surgery might provide. Many women want mastopexy after a pregnancy or when breastfeeding leaves the breast empty and hanging.
Although mastopexy does not alter future pregnancies, it is important to know that the breast might return to its original position after a new pregnancy.
During the frist consult, the surgeon will evaluate the size and shape of the breasts, the firmness of the skin and your general well being. An additional mammographic breast examination will be done. Different techniques for the surgery will be explained, the resulting size and shape will be discussed and also the options or the combination of the procedures that best work for you.
You should be honest and straightforward about your expectations so the surgeon could do the same and show you the best alternatives and their limitations for your problem. The type of anaesthesia used will also be discussed along with the necessity to be admitted to the clinic.
Mastopexy for aesthetic reasons is not included in the social security.
Do not forget to mention if you are a smoker or taking any kinds of medications, the number of previous pregnancies and if you wish to have children in the future. Do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions – especially about the results.
You will be given instructions about how to prepare for the surgery, including norms about eating, drinking, tobacco, medicines, vitamins or iron supplements. It is not necessary to have a blood transfusion during the surgery. Make sure that a family member can accompany you home and in case it is necessary, aid you for a few days.
A surgeon in a clinic or hospital performs the mastopexy. It might be necessary to stay in the hospital for few days.
The surgery is done under general anaesthesia, where the patient is asleep during the whole process. In some cases it might be performed under local anaesthesia with sedation.
Mastopexy takes between 1,5 and 3,5 hours. The incisions will be located on the park of the skin that will be removed and the breast along with the areola will be placed in a new, more elevated position. The sutures will be placed around the areola and in a vertical line down to the bottom of the breast. In some cases, if the breast is small the suture will only be placed around the areola. It might be necessary to place prosthesis under the breast tissue or the muscle in small breasts. After the surgery a bandage or a special bra will be used.
It is normal to feel a little tired a few days after the surgery but in 24-48 hours you can continue with your life as usual. Most of the discomfort will be controlled by the medicine prescribed by the surgeon, although the breast might be slightly painful for a few weeks. The bandage will be removed in a few days and will be replaced by a special bra that should be worn as indicated by the surgeon. It is normal to feel a burning sensation in the breasts during the first few weeks.
It is normal to have decreased sensation in the breasts after the surgery – this is usually temporary. Follow the instructions of the surgeon regarding the type of exercise that can be done; avoid lifting objects above your head for 2-3 weeks. Your breasts will be sensitive for 2 to 3 weeks so it is better to avoid physical contact until 4 weeks after the surgery. At first the scars will be pinkish but the appearance will improve continuously for 6 weeks. The appropriate mammographic controls can still be carried out.
Mastopexy with an inverted T-incision. The areola will be placed in a new position and the excess skin and tissue will be removed. Result and resulting scarring. The scars are permanent but the appearance will improve with time
Mastopexy is a secure technique as long as it is performed by a plastic surgeon. However, as with any surgery, there may be associated risks or complications. Mastopexy leaves permanent and visible scars that can be hidden by a bra or bikini.
The problem of scarring is frequent for smokers. Some patients may see a partial or, in cases, total loss of sensibility in the areola.
It is important to remember that the scars of mastopexy are permanent and visible, however, the surgeon will do the best he can to make them as small as possible. With time, the scars will be less noticeable. Although the effects of mastopexy are long-lived, they are not permanent and depend on factors like new pregnancies, variations in weight and age.
If you opt for prosthesis, the effect will be last longer.
If your expectations are realistic you will be very satisfied with the result of the mastopexy.
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The information contained in this page in no case can, nor does it pretend, to replace the information provided individually by your plastic surgeon. In case of doubt, your plastic surgeon will provide you with the necessary clarifications. If you are thinking of undergoing a Plastic or Aesthetic Surgery, go to a Specialist in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.
Breast Lift or Mastopexy, surgical procedure to lift and correct the shape of the sagging breasts that can also reduce the size.