Mastopexy implant surgery is a procedure that combines a breast lift combined with implants. This results in fuller, perkier looking breasts.
What Is A Mastopexy With Implants?
If your breasts have lost shape either through weight loss or pregnancy, a mastopexy can help to restore their appearance. When combined with a breast uplift procedure, the breasts are elevated and appear perkier which is also called mastopexy with implants.
Consultation For Mastopexy Implant
We invite every patient in for an initial mastopexy with implants consultation before any commitment to the surgery. This is so we can better understand your breast lift with implants surgery expectations in order to create a surgery plan that suits you. During this discussion, we ask that you’re open and honest about your medical history and your lifestyle so that we can give you the best recommendations. You’re also welcome to ask any questions regarding any concerns you have about the procedure.
How Should I Prepare For Breast Lift With Implants Surgery?
For the mastopexy implant procedure, you’ll be put under general anaesthetic. It’s important that you let us know of any health issues or illnesses before this. It’s also vital that you follow the guidance from the surgeon which includes:
- Stop smoking at least 6 weeks before surgery
- Avoid taking any aspirin
- Don’t take any anti-inflammatory drugs or herbal supplements
We also advise that you arrange for someone to collect you from the hospital after mastopexy implant surgery. It’s recommended that you take some time off work, usually about 2 to 3 weeks depending on the nature of your job.
What Does Mastopexy Implant Surgery Involve?
The mastopexy with implants procedure lasts around 1.5 – 2.5 hours. During this procedure, the surgeon will make an incision either in the crease underneath the breast or around the nipple. The breast tissue is separated from the muscle and the implant is placed inside. The nipple is then moved to a higher position by removing excess skin. The incision is then closed and sealed with dissolvable stitches resulting in fuller, perkier looking breasts.
Aftercare For Mastopexy Implant?
After your breast lift with implants surgery, you’re likely to feel some mild pain and discomfort, for which you might require analgesia. To aid your recovery you’ll need to wear a supportive bra day and night for the first 4 weeks. You’ll also need to abide by the aftercare guidelines which include:
- Keep the wounds dry
- Avoid heavy lifting
- Avoid strenuous exercise and activity
- Massage the scars once they’re healed
The following week after the mastopexy with implants procedure you’ll be seen in the dressings clinic to ensure your recovery is as smooth as possible. During your recovery period, it’s likely you’ll also see changes to the appearance of your mastopexy implant results as you begin to make a full recovery.
Risks And Complications of Mastopexy With Implants
At UK Aesthetic, we’re experienced in performing breast lifts with implants. However, as with every cosmetic surgery procedure, there are some associated risks and potential complications. Common complaints include bruising, swelling and a change in nipple sensation. More uncommon risks are infection, seroma and haematoma. All possible outcomes will be discussed in great detail during your mastopexy implant consultation.
What Are The Breastfeeding Implications Of A Breast Lift with Implants?
If one is thinking about having mastopexy with implant surgery but are wanting to have children in the future, you will be wondering whether a mastopexy implant will have implications on breastfeeding. Many women who have had the procedure do not have issues with breastfeeding but it all depends on a range of different factors that will determine whether you will be able to breastfeed or not. One of the main factors to whether a mastopexy with implants will affect your breastfeeding will be where the surgeon will make his incisions as this can affect the milk supply as well as other factors of breastfeeding. The main factors that will determine whether you can breastfeed or not include:
- The type of incision – If the mastopexy implant incision is behind your pectoral muscle, the implant is away from the breast which means the milk ducts and nerves are not affected.
- Implant placement – If the implant is placed over the pectoral muscles, this may interfere with how your milk ducts function meaning you may not be able to breastfeed.
- The type of implant – Some women worry regarding potential ruptures. A rupture with saline has no evidence of saline water in breast milk having any harmful effects on the baby.
Gummy bear implants have the least risk of rupturing as they have a silicone gel in them which is thick. Even if the silicone implant ruptures, the silicone is classed as safe so it is unlikely that it will damage your milk glands nerves or milk ducts.
Who Is Suitable For Mastopexy With Implants Surgery?
A breast lift with implants is suitable for women who want to rejuvenate their breasts that will improve the contour and volume of the breasts. When one goes in for mastopexy with implants, one should not have significant health problems and should be physically fit and healthy. One should also be at a stable weight as this can affect the end results of the procedure.
Many patients have already completed their family which has left their breasts drooping and lacking the volume they once had. Other patients who opt for a mastopexy implant procedure have lost a significant amount of weight which will cause the breast volume to look significantly smaller compared to their body proportion whilst also having excess skin that may need removing to reduce drooping. Mastopexy with implants can also be used for those who have disproportionate breasts which is also called breast asymmetry.
How Much Is Mastopexy With Implants?
Due to a mastopexy with implants being able to be combined with a range of different procedures and is a favourite add on for a mummy makeover, it is difficult to determine How much mastopexy with implants is as it will vary from patient to patient. Some of the factors involved include the incision being made, the implant used as well as other factors. After your first breast lift with implants consultation, you’ll be provided with a full quote that includes all hospital, surgeon and anaesthetic fees.
Which Implants Are The Safest For A Mastopexy With Implants?
Breast implants are made of medical-grade silicone or saline. Those looking for breasts with a more natural appearance may opt for silicone. Saline implants are firmer, and often carry more risks of folding, rippling or deflating. Both types of implants for mastopexy with implants surgery are deemed safe and have no evidence to support that they cause any issues later on in life.
What Type Of Implants Do You Use For Mastopexy Implant Surgery?
When one goes for a mastopexy implant procedure you will have the option for either silicone or saline-filled implants. Both have a silicone outer shell and usually have a protective foam around them. Saline implants are silicone implants that have a sterile saltwater solution filling. Should the saline implants leak, the saltwater will be absorbed into the body and expelled naturally. The other type of implant that can be used for mastopexy with implants is a silicone implant. Silicone implants are much more durable as it is filled with a thick gel which is why they make the most popular implants to use.
Both types of implants come in different sizes and have either a smooth or textured outer shell when one has mastopexy with implant surgery. They can also come in different shapes including a round implant which gives more volume on the overall breast including the upper breast. You also have the option to have teardrop-shaped implants which give a more natural appearance. They both have their pros and cons so it is important to discuss this with your surgeon when you go for your first breast lift with implants consultation.
How Long Until I Can Exercise After Mastopexy With Implants?
When one opts for mastopexy with implants, patients often ask the question wonder “how long until I can exercise after mastopexy with implants?” Patients who have just had their mastopexy implant procedure should not be doing anything for at least the first week. Once a patient feels well enough to get up, then they may be able to take some short walks to promote proper blood flow and help with the healing process.
When a patient goes for mastopexy with implant surgery, they must forgo rigorous exercise and strength training for at least 6 weeks or until their surgeon has given one permission. Once patients are starting to feel a little less tight, they may gradually increase their light exercise such as a long walk or cycling on a stationary bike at the gym but still nothing strenuous. The main issue with having mastopexy with implants and exercise is not to damage the pectoral muscles so lifting anything may cause the end results to differ so waiting 6 weeks before any real exercise should be followed seriously.
Do You Have Any Mastopexy With Implants Before And After Examples?
Due to the mastopexy implant procedure being able to be combined with a range of different procedures it is difficult to give you an exact example. As you can see above, there is some mastopexy with implants before and after examples that one can have a rough idea of how their breasts will look. If you would like to see more examples, you can have a look at our case studies page where we have a number of different examples. Once you have been for your first mastopexy with implant consultation, your surgeon will be able to give you a better idea of what you will look like.