Mastopexy, also known as a breast uplift, can improve the appearance of the breasts to make them look perkier and fuller.
What Is Mastopexy Surgery?
As we age, gravity tends to take its toll on the breasts causing them to start sagging. For many, this is simply an effect of ageing, but it can also begin earlier on in life if you’ve had children. The mastopexy procedure removes excess skin and lifts the nipple to reshape the breast. It’s often combined with breast implants.
How To Prepare For Breast Uplift Surgery
Undergoing surgery is never a decision that should be taken lightly. That’s why ahead of surgery, you’ll be brought in for a consultation to discuss the procedure. Here, you’ll need to be open and honest with us about your medical history and your expectations. The surgeon will then outline how the procedure works, including any downsides to having the surgery. There are also additional precautions to take that will ensure the surgery goes as smoothly as possible, including:
- Quitting smoking around 6 weeks before surgery
- Stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements
- Don’t take aspirin
We also recommend that you make arrangements for someone to collect you from the clinic after surgery. You should also take some time off work, typically this will need to be 2 – 3 weeks.
What Does The Procedure Involve?
There are different types of mastopexy Manchester surgeons perform because it greatly depends on the patient’s breast size and their desired results.
The most common type of breast uplift surgery involves the surgeon making an incision around the areola, bringing the cut down in a vertical line under your breast. Sometimes, there is a further cut into the crease below the breast to create an anchor shape. Then, excess skin is removed from underneath the breast. The remaining skin is repositioned and the nipples are placed higher.
Alternatively, the surgeon may place implants inside the breast if they are small as well as droopy. They can be enlarged with silicone or saline implants to increase the fullness of the breast. The breast is then stitched back together with dissolvable stitches and the area sealed with surgical tape.
After your breast uplift surgery you’ll be provided with a supportive bra that you should keep on for 4 weeks. You may also be feeling pain and discomfort, which may require analgesia. You should follow the advice from your surgeon which includes:
- Avoid exercise and strenuous activity
- Keep the wounds dry
- Avoid heavy lifting
- Massage the scars once they’re healed
A week or so after your surgery you’ll be seen in the dressings clinic to ensure everything is healing well. This is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have regarding your recovery.
It may take several months to see the final results of your breast lift surgery as the results can change over time. At first, your breasts may seem too high with the skin too tight, but they will soon begin to fall back into place as the swelling goes down.
What Could Go Wrong With The Surgery?
At UK Aesthetics, we have plenty of experience in conducting the mastopexy Manchester patients expect. However, with any cosmetic surgery there are always risks and side-effects. Some common complaints include:
- Increased or reduced sensation
There are some more serious risks including infection, seroma and blood clots. All possible outcomes will be discussed in great detail during your first consultation.
How Much Does Mastopexy In Manchester Cost?
Costs for mastopexy surgery are given on a case by case basis. The final quote will include the hospital, anaesthesias and surgeon fees.
Will The Results Of Breast Uplift Surgery Be Permanent?
The results should be long-lasting if you maintain a healthy body weight. However, if you gain weight or become pregnant the results may change.
Will I Be Able To Breastfeed?
Many patients report a change in sensation of the nipple, and this could affect breastfeeding in the future. This is something to consider if you are thinking about undergoing a mastopexy.