A procedure involving lifting the breasts and improving shape and symmetry
Mastopexy is often referring to as Breast Uplift surgery which is commonly performed on women who are concerned about lack of volume and skin laxity which can cause the breast and nipple to sag. The Mastopexy would be carried out to create a more youthful, shapely and voluminous breast.
Often patients require a mastopexy following childbirth and breastfeeding where the breast has enlarged as part of the pregnancy process and then reduced, or maybe as a result of weight loss.
Mastopexy is carried out under General Anaesthetic and surgery takes around 2hrs to 2.5hrs in theatre, patients are usually required to stay overnight in hospital.
An incision is made around the areola and excess skin is removed both and above and below the area to allow repositioning, the nipple is never removed entirely, this is a popular myth, only the skin around the area. The gland is then manipulated to give the projection and shape of an aesthetically pleasing breast. Patients will have scarring around the areola from the incision which continues down and into the natural crease of the breast to varying degrees depending on the extent of the surgery, theses scars are sometimes referred to as ‘Anchors’.
In some cases if the breast lacks a large amount of volume it is necessary to place an Implant either underneath the pectoral muscle or more commonly on top, this will create a more shapely breast.
Risks and Complications
There are with all surgical procedures some risks associated that should be considered prior to surgery. Early common complaints can include change in nipple sensation, bruising, swelling, asymmetry in the breasts and oozing, these are all normal and will subside as the breasts heal.
More uncommon complications can include infection, haematoma, seroma and delayed healing which can cause the scars to become thick and wide, however our team of nursing staff monitor the progress of patients for signs of these complications very carefully post operatively and patients are given contact information should they need medical assistance once discharged from the hospital. Nipple sensation and areola loss are uncommon risks however must be considered as do the risks associated with General Anaesthesia such as respiratory issues and Deep Vein Thrombosis. The ability to breast feed can sometimes be compromised and should be considered prior to surgery.