Mastopexy is the medical term for breast lift surgery and it is performed to treat breast tissues that have started to sag or droop. This kind of cosmetic operation is carried out to restore the firmness of the breasts and help make its shape look more visually attractive. There are instances wherein women who opt to get this procedure also undergo breast lift so their breasts would look firmer and larger all at once. This procedure is done for aesthetic reasons. Although it has no true medical indications, its main exception is in postmastectomy reconstruction and following implant removal. Cosmetic surgeons will evaluate all potential patients to make sure that they have realistic goals and expectations. They will also be assessed and provided with a thorough understanding of the risks and benefits associated with the surgical procedure.
In most instances, mastopexy is done while the patient is placed under general anesthesia, rendering them unconscious throughout the entire procedure. However, there are also some instances when a local anesthesia and a sedative are administered because only a small part of the skin needs to be removed. A cosmetic surgeon may use various techniques when performing a mastopexy. However, all these methods have two things in common, which include making an incision and removing extra skin. After that, the cosmetic surgeon will reposition the nipple and then lifts and stitches the residual skin back. Doing so creates a lifted and firmed effect. In most cases, the incisions are placed around or below the nipple and cosmetic surgeons would then reposition the nipple downward.
The procedure used by the cosmetic surgeon will determine the where the stitches would be located and the lifting technique that would be used. For example, the cosmetic surgeon would make the cut around the areola or the pigmented area that is surrounding the nipple. This is done in a doughnut mastopexy. The surgeon will then get rid of a round-shaped piece of tissue from the area and he will then close the wound. Meanwhile, a standard mastopexy involves creating an incision that has an anchor shape with a circular cut made around the nipple, a straight incision will also be created and it extends down from the area of the nipple, as well as a curved incision in the area of the lower breast crease.
Mastopexy also has risks, just like any other available cosmetic procedure today. These include bleeding, infection, and unexpected reactions to anesthesia. Some patients develop keloids or skin sensitivity, which are raised and thick scars. In worst scenarios, the tissue area in the nipple may die while others may develop blood clots. But do not worry because these happen rarely. The majority of those who undergo mastopexy recover from it without experiencing any serious side effects.
A few weeks after the mastopexy procedure, you can expect to see bruising and be swelling along with other sorts of discomfort. Most patients may go back to their work after one week as long as their job does not involve performing any strenuous activities. You should avoid lifting heaving things during the first six weeks after the procedure. You will completely recover from the operation after several months although you may be allowed to resume some of your normal activities within just a couple of weeks following the operation.