Breast lift explained
Mastopexy is the medical term for breast lift surgery and is a procedure carried out on women with droopy and sagging breasts. The procedure works by tightening loose breast tissue to give needed support to lift and re-shape the breast.
It’s common for breast to change in appearance and in feel over time, especially after pregnancy, change in body weight or as a result of aging. Some women may not have an issue with this change but for many others breast uplift surgery can be a way for them to feel better about themselves.
Ultimately, the aim of breast lift surgery is to recreate a more youthful look by tightening and shaping the breast. Depending on your physical attributes, if there is too much or too little breast tissue, breast enlargement or augmentation surgery, or breast reduction surgery may be recommended to achieve the best result.
Why have breast lift surgery?
Breast lift surgery is a cosmetic procedure carried out to lift, re-shape and rejuvenate the look and feel of the breast.
Here are reasons why some women choose to have breast lift surgery:
- Improve self-confidence
- No need to rely on bras for support
- Rejuvenate the breasts
- wear better fitting clothes
- Look better in clothes
- Enhance your figure
When to consider breast lift surgery
The right time to have surgery depends on when you feel ready, but to realistically consider breast lift surgery you should be experiencing some of the symptoms below:
- Change in shape, Loose skin and sagging of breasts due to pregnancy, change in weight, aging or heredity.
- Breast that lack firmness
- Nipples pointing down
- Breasts look uneven
- Breasts are a different size
- Advised by a surgeon
- Stretching around the nipples
Large and heavy breasts may be considered for breast lift surgery; however, the effect of the surgery won’t be long lasting. Your surgeon should advise you on the best solution.
Also, if you are thinking about having any more children or doing anything that may change your weight or size, you will be advice not to have this procedure. This is because any significant physical change could compromise the benefits of the surgery.
Alternatives to breast lift surgery
The right cosmetic procedure for you depends on the outcome you’re trying to achieve. In some cases, breast augmentation or breast reduction may be a good alternative to a breast lift. Your surgeon should discuss the options available to you and recommend the best course of action to take.
What does breast lift surgery involve?
The operation is generally performed under general anaesthetic and can take two to three hours depending on the type and extent of the procedure. You may be required to stay one or two nights after the procedure.
Details of the procedure:
- The surgeon will make an incision on each breast
- Excess skin around the breast area is removed and the areola is repositioned
- If the areola is stretched it can be reshaped
- The incision is closed, tightening the skin and giving the breast shape
- Stitching is usually under the breast so any scars should be hidden
- If there isn’t enough breast tissue to achieve the desired look your surgeon may recommend breast augmentation for a more fuller effect.
After breast lift surgery and recover
When you wake from the surgery, you can expect to feel some pain, but will be given some pain relief. The treated area will be dressed and a surgical bra placed for extra support. Additional, a plastic drainage tube may be placed under each breast to drain excess blood.
Your surgeon will inform you how long you may need to stay in hospital after the surgery. Typically, this should be one or two days.
When you return home, you will be expected to rest to help with the recovery process. This will mean you need to stay off work for a few weeks, which you will be advised on before the surgery.
Physical activity will be limited for the first few weeks, until your scars heal. Due to this, you may need some extra help and support for general chores and activates around the house.
You will also feel tired and drowsy for a while. For the first few days after surgery, and after you’re discharged, you would be advised to get a friend or family member to stay with you.
You surgeon may recommend wearing a support bra until you heal. Be careful not to wear an underwire bra.
It is important to keep the treated area dry and not remove the dressing until you have been checked and advised to do so.
If you experience the following symptoms reach out to your surgeon:
- High temperature
- Feeling excessively sore
- Feeling warm and swollen
- Looking red
- Seeing any leakage
It may take a few months to see the full results of the surgery.
For the first six to twelve months you may be expected to wear the protective surgical bra 24 hours a day.
Risks and side effects of breast lift surgery
If, after the procedure, you feel you have encountered a serious problem or the outcome is not what you were promised, and the results are not what you expected, reach out to your surgeon.
Contact the clinic that performed the procedure and explain the situation, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort or any unusual symptoms that were not explained to you during the consultation.
Things to consider before your procedure
Opting for any form of cosmetic surgery requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. You need to really understand the reasons for choosing the procedure you want and set realistic expectations of the outcome.
Once your mind is made up, are you confident that you are fully prepared for the treatment?
Here are some things you should think about:
- If you have children, do you need childcare?
- Do you have adequate space to recover?
- How long is the recovery time for your treatment?
- How long do you need to take off work?
- When will you start to see the results you expect?
- When will you fully recover and resume your usual activity?
- Are the results of the surgery permanent?
How much does breast lift surgery cost?
The cost of breast lift surgery varies and can depend on many factors. These include where you choose to have the procedure, the extent of the surgery and whether the surgery need to be combined with any other procedure.
There may be other factors which impact the cost of breast lift surgery, but looking at the available online costing resources breast lift surgery in the UK ranges from £3,500 to £6,500 with a median average of cost of £5,100.
Treatment Cost Abroad:
Croatia: From £3,425
Czech Republic: From £1,715
Turkey: Please Enquire
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About Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lift surgery is very popular among women who are experiencing changes in the shape, size and texture of their breasts. This is very common in women that have had children and lost a significant amount of weight. Sagging of the breast is also a common effect of the aging process.
As you get older or your body mass changes, skin begins to lose its youthful elasticity which means it becomes much harder to maintain your shape. This is one of the reasons so many women choose to restore the youthfulness of their breasts through breast lift surgery.
It’s also possible to combine breast lift surgery with breast implants to further enhance the outcome of the procedure.
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