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Understanding Breast Uplift
Breast uplift, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure aimed at enhancing the appearance of sagging breasts. This condition may occur due to various factors such as hormonal changes, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or aging. The goal of a breast uplift is to restore the breasts to their normal position on the chest wall, creating a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing appearance.
The Procedure of Breast Uplift
Breast uplift surgery involves lifting sagging breasts and repositioning any downward-pointing nipples. If the patient’s breast tissue is below normal, the volume is restored by combining mastopexy with breast prosthesis. In cases where the breasts are excessively large and sagging, the procedure involves both lifting and reducing the breasts.
Techniques Used in Breast Uplift
The techniques used in breast uplift procedures vary depending on the size of the breast, the volume of breast tissue, and the level of sagging. For a normal breast that does not sag excessively, a lollipop (İ) or J-shaped incision can be used. For patients with excessive breast tissue, a reverse T-shaped incision is used. If the volume of breast tissue is below normal ranges, breast implant surgery should also be performed along with the breast lift procedure.
Who is Eligible for Breast Uplift Surgery?
The minimum age limit for breast lift surgery is 18. Any woman older than 18, who has no additional health problems that can contraindicate the surgery and has sagging breasts, can undergo breast lift surgery.
Preparations Before Breast Uplift Surgery
Before the surgery, a final discussion with the patient is conducted, during which blood tests are performed and anesthesiology examinations are completed. The surgeon also takes photographs of the patient at appropriate angles. Patients are advised to quit smoking 4 weeks before the surgery and avoid smoking until the end of the 4th week after the surgery.
Duration of Breast Uplift Surgery
The duration of breast uplift surgery varies depending on the surgical technique used, but it generally takes approximately 3 hours. The patients are usually hospitalized for a night after the surgery, which is performed under general anesthesia.
Postoperative Period of Breast Uplift Surgery
After the effects of anesthesia wear off completely, patients are transferred to their rooms. They are allowed to eat a meal 5 hours after the surgery followed by gentle mobilization. Patients are required to stay at the hospital for one night after the surgery to eliminate all effects of general anesthesia.
Breastfeeding After Breast Uplift Surgery
If a suitable surgical technique is used and the breast tissues under and around the nipple are preserved as much as possible during the breast lift surgery, patients can breastfeed in the postoperative course.
Recurrence of Sagging After Breast Uplift Surgery
Rapid changes in a patient’s body weight after the surgery can lead to a recurrence of sagging in the breast tissue. The same situation also applies to pregnancy. In such cases, breast lift surgery may need to be revised.
Breast Uplift Surgery and Stretch Marks
Breast lift surgery cannot eliminate all stretch marks. The surgery aims to create voluminous and attractive breasts at their normal position, not to remove stretch marks.
Scars After Breast Lift Surgery
Scars remain in 3 regions after breast lift surgery: around the nipple, from the nipple to the bra line, and on the bra line. These scars fade 1 year after the surgery and become less visible.
Combining Breast Uplift Surgery with Breast Augmentation
If a patient with sagging breasts does not have sufficient breast tissue, breast lift surgery can be combined with breast augmentation. In this surgery, not only are the breasts lifted, but they also gain volume by implanting a breast prosthesis.
Use of Sports Bra After Breast Lift Surgery
After breast lift surgeries, patients are asked to use sports bras for 6 weeks. This allows the breast tissue to settle in its new location with its own weight rather than being shaped by the bra.
Change in Breast Size After Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lift surgery can lead to a loss of volume in the breast as a part of the breast tissue below the breast creases (bra line) and some excess skin are removed.
Is Surgery-Free Breast Lift Possible?
Breast lift without surgery is not quite possible. Although some procedures offer benefits at the beginning, the outcomes do not last long. Therefore, surgery is still the first option in breast lift.
Possibility of Numbness After Breast Lift Surgery
The possibility of numbness after breast lift surgery will vary depending on the severity of sagging in the breasts. If the breast is normal-sized and sagging is not severe, numbness may develop in the nipples in the early postoperative period, but normal sensation is restored in the nipple over time.
Insurance Coverage for Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lift procedure is an aesthetic surgery that is not covered by insurance. However, the cost of breast reduction surgery can be covered by insurance if doctors report that the breast causes neck pain and shoulder pain.
Breast Uplift Surgery Cost in Turkey
The cost of breast lift surgery in Turkey varies depending on the type of the procedure. The maximum difference between prices occurs when breast lift surgery is combined with breast augmentation surgery. The exact cost of the procedure can be determined after examination.
The cost of a Breast Uplift Surgery in the clinics in Europe ranges from £ 5,200 to £ 8,000.
The cost of a breast uplift operations in our clinic in Turkey ranges from £ 2,500 to £ 2,900.
In Europe, these prices generally do not include fees of hotel accommodation and transfers, which are the services the patient needs. Some clinics may even charge high fees for pre-operative consultation.
In Turkey, this covers the cost of all treatment package. The services involved in the Breast Uplift surgery in Turkey are;
All in Inclusive Package (Breast Uplift Turkey Package)
- 5-star-hotel accommodation
- All VIP transfer services between Airport / Hotel / Clinic
- All necessary dressings until returning to your country
- Monitoring of medical care
When we look at the comparison of the prices in Turkey and Europe, we see that the cost in Europe is about 3 times more than the one in Turkey. Moreover, the cost of accommodation and transfers are 3.5 – 4 times more.
Breast uplift surgery is a comprehensive procedure that can significantly enhance the appearance of sagging breasts. It involves various techniques and requires careful preparation and postoperative care. While it can lead to some temporary changes such as numbness and scarring, the long-term results are generally satisfying for patients. It’s important to have a detailed discussion with your surgeon to understand the procedure, its benefits, and potential risks.