How Will a Mastopexy Implant Change Over Time?
Added on 27th August 2020
What is a mastopexy implant procedure?
A mastopexy surgery involves the moving of the breast up the chest wall. This involves tightening the skin and moving the nipple-areola complex on the breast to provide a more aesthetically pleasing result.
The purpose of the implant procedure is to increase the volume of the breasts and provide a fuller look to the upper pole of the breasts.
How would my results of mastopexy implant change over time?
A mastopexy implant change over time will occur due to the process of ageing. Naturally, your skin and breasts will age causing them to drop lower down your chest. This is due to the pressure of the implant and gravity. You can also expect the nipple-areola complex to descend over the breast implant.
The breast tissue itself can often drop again on the chest wall. Usually, however, the fold of the breast and the inframammary fold will stay the same.
What are the most common changes that occur?
Normally, many patients expect that leakage and ruptures are a common problem for breast implants, but this isn’t the case. The most frequent areas where the mastopexy implant change over time are through capsular contracture. This is the thickening of the capsular found around the implant.
If you do find that you’re experiencing long term swelling or a rupture has occurred in your implants, it’s important to arrange a consultation immediately.
Minor capsular contracture can cause a little discomfort and some minor changes to the appearance of your implant. This may be the implant appearing higher on the chest wall or the implant dropping lower. You may also feel some form of irregularities or rippling of the implant which can be rather uncomfortable.
When would I need to remove or replace the implant?
The severity of your mastopexy implant change over time tends to determine whether you’re required to remove or replace the implant. If you’re experiencing extreme discomfort or very noticeable changes with your implants, this may be an option for you.
According to FDA figures, around 30% of patients would require a breast implant revision after 10 years. This tends to relate to size changes, a mastopexy or ultimately, a change of implants which commonly is because of capsular contracture.
How a mastopexy implant change over time occurs can vary from patient to patient. Whilst many patients are extremely happy with the results of their surgery, complications can happen. It’s important to be aware of these before your surgery. We’ll also discuss this during your consultation.Back to videos