Information on Mastopexy or Breast Lift

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Childbirth, age and significant weight loss can all take their toll on women’s bodies – in particular with their breasts – for many women breast uplift surgery can offer a way to regain their body confidence.

Breast uplift surgery can be combined with breast augmentation surgery to give you fuller breasts and correcting their position on the body. If you have found that your breasts have lost their fullness and are not as supported as you would like them to be, breast uplift surgery could be the solution

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Benefits include improving self-esteem and self-image, when the breasts are no longer firm and pert, making it difficult to wear clothes without the support of a bra.

Following pregnancy and breast feeding, the breast becomes flatter and ‘empty looking. When you have had substantial weight loss from dieting can leave the breast deflated and with a lot of loose skin.

Also it benefits ageing skin when it loses elasticity and can cause sagging to the breasts. If this happens prematurely it may reduce self-confidence both in and out of clothes

Your Nurse Counsellor at Profile Perfection will discuss all of your options, discuss the procedure itself, answer all of your questions and concerns and assist you to make the initial steps toward surgery.

Your surgeon will advise you about the surgery, discuss your medical history (when you are to discontinue and/or resume activities like smoking, or taking aspirin or any other medication). They will ensure that you are medically fit for the procedure.

Before your Breast Lift surgery you will need to purchase a soft bra to take with you to the hospital. Some women may be required to undergo a mammogram. You will be able to present your expectations to your plastic surgeon.

Your Profile Perfection Nurse Counsellor will be available at all times to answer any questions you have post consultation with the surgeon. The surgery plan will be made between you and your plastic surgeon, but the final decision whether to have the surgery is always yours and should not be made in a rush, contact with your Nurse Counsellor at Profile Perfection is vital through these stages of decision making.

Only make a decision when you are satisfied with the information you have received.

The plastic surgeon will visit you in your room and may mark the breast area with a pen in preparation for your surgery. Your plastic surgeon will also obtain your final consent, and answer any last minute questions you may have.

Breast uplift (Mastopexy) surgery is always carried out under a general anaesthetic and takes approximately 2 hours, or 2.5 hours if you are combining the procedure with breast enlargement surgery.

There are a few techniques used in breast lift surgery. The most common of these techniques involves making three separate incisions. The first incision is made around the nipple area. The second incision is made vertically from the bottom edge of the nipple to the crease under the breast. The third incision is made horizontally and follows the natural curve of the breast. There are some cases where the horizontal incision beneath the breast and the vertical incision can be avoided. The surgeon will remove the excess breast skin and will move the nipple and areola to a higher area. The skin located above the areola is brought down and together underneath it. The sensation of the nipples and the areola is retained because they are still attached to the underlying tissue.

When you wake up from your surgery you can expect to experience pain so you will be prescribed appropriate pain relief, which will be administered by your Nurse. On return to your room you will have your new bra over the dressing and a drainage tube inserted in each breast. These drains will be removed before your discharge from hospital.

You can expect to be in hospital for one or two days. This will be agreed with your plastic surgeon prior to your admission.

Following breast lift surgery your surgeon will use standard or dissolvable stitches to close the incisions, dress the area thoroughly and cover this with a specialist sports bra. Your stitches will usually be removed seven days after your operation, but this is not necessary if you have had dissolvable stitches.

You will be advised to wear the soft supportive bra for 24 hours a day for between 8 and 12 weeks after your operation to ensure that your new breasts are completely supported during the recovery process.

Is normal to experience discomfort following breast uplift surgery and you will be advised to rest when you get home to assist recovery.

It is normal to feel sore and tender and for the area to be swollen and bruised, but all of these symptoms will ease after a few days and should disappear completely a few weeks after your operation

If you have young children you will need to arrange for someone to help you with them and also basic household chores for approximately one week.

It is advisable to refrain from work for between one to two weeks, depending on your occupation; however, most people who have a desk based job will be fit for work after seven days.

Your plastic surgeon will give you specific advice regarding returning to work, exercise etc.

It is necessary for you to refrain from bathing and showering until you have been seen at the clinic for your first wound check, at approximately 7 days.

You will also be asked to sleep on your back for the first few weeks.

Following the breast uplift (mastopexy) operation there will be scarring to the breast, the amount depends on the severity of the droop; however, it will always involve a scar around the nipple. All scars are pink in the early weeks and then gradually fade to faint white lines. After the breast uplift (mastopexy) operation you may experience reduced sensitivity to the nipple and may not be able to breast feed.

It is very important that you attend the appointments that have been made for you to care for your wounds and see your plastic surgeon post-operatively.

Please arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital.

You will have your own personal Profile Perfection Nurse Counsellor both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.

 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THE RECOVERY PERIOD?

During the recovery period, you are going to feel tired and sore for a few days. You are going to experience bruising and swelling which is normal for surgeries of this nature. You can alleviate the pain using prescription medication from your surgeon.

There will also be a light dressing in place for the first two weeks. After two weeks, this dressing will be removed. It will be inspected and cleaned by your surgeon to prevent any further infection and to aid in healing.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER FROM BREAST UPLIFT SURGERY?

You may walk around and do light activities even on the next day after the operation but you should not participate in any strenuous exercise or activities for up to two weeks.

AM I GOING TO BE IN A LOT OF PAIN AFTER THE BREAST UPLIFT SURGERY?

There will be pain during the first few days after the medication. You will experience some discomfort as well during the first few days. A surgical bra must be worn to aid in the healing and to provide additional support. There is a big chance that you will take prescription pain killers from your surgeon.

WILL I BE ABLE TO TAKE A BATH AFTER THE BREAST UPLIFT SURGERY?

You should not take a bath one to two days after the surgery.

WHEN ARE THE BANDAGES AND DRAINAGE TUBES GOING TO BE REMOVED?

One to two days after the breast uplift surgery, these bandages and drainage tubes may be removed. However, you must continue to wear the surgical bra everyday for about a month.

WHEN WILL THE STITCHES ON THE INCISIONS BE REMOVED?

The stitches will be removed one to two weeks after the breast uplift surgery.

WILL THERE BE SCARRING AFTER THE BREAST UPLIFT SURGERY?

There is going to be scarring after the breast uplift surgery. The scars will remain pink for about one and a half months. It may even remain that same size for several months. Usually, it takes about two years for the scars to completely fade.

IS THERE GOING TO BE A LOSS OF SENSATION ON MY NIPPLES AFTER THE BREAST UPLIFT SURGERY?

It is normal for the area around the nipple and the lower breast area to feel different. This may last for a couple of months. It will differ from patient to patient.

ARE MY BREASTS GOING TO FEEL TENDER AFTER THE BREAST UPLIFT SURGERY?

Your breasts may feel tender and may ache for several weeks after the surgery.

WHEN CAN I START BEING ACTIVE AGAIN?

You can return to work after two to three weeks assuming that your work does not involve any strenuous activity. During the period of healing, you should spend time at home relaxing and focusing on regeneration.

IS THERE GOING TO BE BRUISING AND SWELLING AFTER THE BREAST UPLIFT SURGERY?

There is going to be bruising and swelling in the affected areas for the next few weeks.

WILL I BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF MY CHILDREN AFTER THE BREAST UPLIFT SURGERY?

It is not advisable to take care of your children after the first few days from the breast uplift surgery. Instead, you should ask your spouse or the legal guardian of your children to supervise them. Once you have regained your strength, you can continue taking care of your children.

CAN I CARRY AND LIFT THING AFTER THE BREAST UPLIFT SURGERY?

It is not advisable to carry or lift objects after the breast uplift surgery. You should avoid doing this for as long as two weeks.

WHEN IS IT BEST TO RESUME EXERCISING?

For the first few days and weeks from the breast uplift surgery, you can do very light exercise. You can walk and stretch during the first few weeks. When your stamina returns, you can participate in heavier exercises but make sure you do this gradually. It is also advisable to purchase a good athletic bra.

SHOULD I BATHE AFTER THE BREAST UPLIFT SURGERY?

It is not advisable to submerge the affected area in water. You should avoid bathtubs, swimming pools, and even saunas during these times. You can only submerge your breasts under water when they have completely healed.

WILL I BE ABLE TO USE LOTIONS AND DEODORANTS EVEN AFTER THE BREAST UPLIFT SURGERY?

You should avoid touching the incisions from the surgery at all times. Avoid putting foreign elements on them too. As much as possible, don’t put any lotions or deodorants near the affected areas.

WHEN CAN I RETURN TO WORK?

Most patients are already able to return to work after a week.

WHEN WILL I FULLY RECOVER FROM THE BREAST UPLIFT SURGERY?

It usually takes about one and a half months to fully recover from the surgery. You will gain strength as your body heals during this time. The scars will take longer to heal though.

WILL I BE REQUIRED TO HAVE POST-OPERATIVE VISITS?

You need to have follow-up visits so that your surgeon can monitor and check on your progress.

How long does the treatment take?

Is the treatment painful and if so what form of anaesthesia is used?

What type of care will I need after treatment?

Will I need pain relief following treatment?

Will I have swelling or bruising and can these be treated?

Will I need to wear a supportive garment?

These are just some of the commonly asked questions but please feel free to ask your nurse at Profile perfection for more information…

It is important that your decision to have a cosmetic surgery procedure is considered carefully. There are many points that should be considered before deciding to have any type of cosmetic treatment or surgery.

There are also some possible risks, as with all surgical operations, which your plastic surgeon will talk through and explain to you at your consultation, answering any questions you may have.

This is your opportunity to discuss your intended surgery in order that the plastic surgeon can ascertain your expectations as to what can realistically be achieved.

Initially you should have a detailed consultation at Profile Perfection to discuss the different types of procedure options available to you, together we can discuss the options of which surgeons are specialised in this type of procedure and organise a consultation with the surgeon.

Once all of your questions and queries have been answered and you are ready to go ahead with the procedure we can start your journey You will have a high level of support from beginning to end.

Having a procedure can be very daunting and you will feel that you do not know which procedure will be best for you? Which surgeon should I pick? Who will answer all of my questions when I get worried? What questions should l ask the surgeon?

At Profile Perfection we assist you from the initial consultation through to recovery, always available. We support you and your decision.

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