Breast uplift surgery, also known as a mastopexy, involves the re-shaping and lifting of the breast in order for it to become more firm and youthful. A droopiness or sagging of the breasts often occurs in middle aged women and can be a result of childbirth, breast feeding and the ageing process.
What does the operation involve?
The operation is normally carried out under general anaesthetic and takes between 1 – 2 hours.
During the surgery sections of loose skin are removed from under the breasts and the breast itself is reshaped into a tighter cone. The nipple may also be repositioned to suit the new shape. When the operation is complete, the cuts are stitched up and the breasts are wrapped in supportive dressing.
What to expect post surgery?
Specialist post–op care:
> TED stockings to be worn for 2 weeks.
> No stretching arms for the first 6 weeks.
> Micropore tape to the scars - once well healed – for at least three months.
> Moisturise scar after first 3 months.
> Sports bra (no under-wiring) to be worn during the day and night for the first 3 months.
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What are the risks?
Common side effects:
> Soreness, swelling and bruising around the breasts can last up to a month.
> Scars will be red and raised at first but should fade with time.
> A burning sensation may be felt in the nipples for several weeks.
Uncommon but potential complications:
As with any operation problems may arise with an unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic, excessive bleeding, blood clots or infection. Complications can occur during or after the procedure.
Further risks relating specifically to breast uplift surgery include:
> Haematoma : If bleeding occurs inside the breast this will cause swelling and pain and may require further surgery.
> Rarely part or the entire nipple is lost resulting from a change in blood supply.
> Breasts differ in shape, size or nipple position.
> Reduction in nipple sensation can be permanent.