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Breast Lift

 

A breast lift (officially called a mastopexy) is the operation used to correct droopy breasts. Breasts drop with getting older or following pregnancy or weight loss. The mastopexy can be performed alone if you have enough breast volume or it can be combined with a breast implant to add volume. .

There are in fact several ways to perform a mastopexy procedure, depending on the desired result and on the existing breast shape. There are more scars with a mastopexy than a breast augmentation and the scars may be placed around the nipple, vertically or additionally horizontally in the breast crease.

 

 Duration – 1.5 – 2 Hours

 Hospital stay – Daycase

 Costs – from £3999

 Return to work – 1 week

 Location – London, Manchester, Beirut, Doha

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How long do the results of the mastopexy last?

The results duration depends on several factors, such as skin quality, weight of the breast and the use of implants. Typically results will last around 5 years but this is very variable.

 

Do I need to wear a sports bra after the procedure?

Yes, a sports bra will support your new breast and maintain its shape for longer. Mr Souéid will advise you to wear a sports bra strictly for 6 weeks day and night, then for a further 6 weeks at night only.

 

I smoke, is that OK?

Unfortunately smoking will negatively affect the wound healing and can lead to complications. You should stop smoking and be off nicotine replacement therapy for at least one month before and one month after the procedure.

 

Will nipple sensation change after a mastopexy procedure?

Most commonly not, however there is a risk of change in nipple sensation. Most of the time if it does change it is temporary. Nipple sensation can change to become less sensitive or more sensitive.

 

Will my breasts get smaller after a mastopexy procedure?

Mastopexy procedures do not reduce breast volume, however you might find your bra size does change afterwards because the breast position on the chest wall has changed.

 

What are the potential risks following a mastopexy procedure?

There are always potential risks and complications associated with surgery. Complications are rare but can occur. The main complications of breast reduction surgery include:

Bleeding

Bleeding can occur after your procedure and oozing from the wounds is common. Some bleeding can accumulate under the skin resulting in a haematoma or blood collection. Small haematoma will usually resolve with time and may not need any further treatment. Larger haematomas, however, may need a return to theatre to remove them and find the source of bleeding.

Infection

Infection can occur and most often can be managed with antibiotics. Sterile procedures and antibiotics given during the operation try to reduce the risk of infection.

Wound breakdown and healing problems

The most common site of wound breakdown or healing delay is the so called T junction. This is the area where the vertical and horizontal scars meet and the point of maximum tension when the breast is stitched closed. If this occurs it may take longer to heal. There are pre-existing risk factors for poor wound healing such as smoking and diabetes.

Scarring

There will be permanent scars on the breast depending on the type of skin incision pattern. Scars can sometimes become hypertrophic or keloid which means they may be raised, red and lumpy. This can occur around the areolar or along all the scars. Patients will usually have a tendency to develop this type of scarring or there may be a family history of abnormal scarring.

Asymmetry

There is always some degree of asymmetry between breasts and nipple areolar complexes. Occasionally, after breast reduction there may be residual asymmetry or patients may become more aware of pre-existing asymmetries.

Change in Nipple Sensation

Due to the nature of surgery and movement of the nipple there is risk of changes to nipple sensation. This is usually reduced nipple sensation after surgery that is often temporary but may be permanent.

Nipple Loss

Very rarely there is risk of nipple loss that can occur when the blood supply to the nipple is disrupted. There is a higher risk of this when the breast is very big and the distance the nipple is moved is longer. In extreme cases, the nipple may be removed pre-emptively and used as a nipple graft.

Fat Necrosis

Fat necrosis occurs when the fat in the breast loses its blood supply. This may result in firm hard areas where the fat has not survived. Small areas often resolve with time.

 

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