What is Breast Uplift?
Breast lift or mastopexy is used to uplift the breasts that have sagged due to different reasons such as breastfeeding, gravity, aging and pregnancy. In this procedure, excess skin and tissues are removed and the nipple is positioned higher. In this way, the breasts with bra and without bra will look more upright. The mastopexy procedure also involves tightening the skin in the region.
What Are the Different Types of Breast Uplift?
There are different operation options in the breast lift procedure. The specialist physician decides which of these will be used, depending on the patient’s condition. Breast uplift types include:
1) Vertical (Lollipop) Technique
It is the most preferred technique. Because the incisions created in this method resemble a lollipop, it is also known as the lollipop technique. Incisions are formed around the brown part of the breast and then vertically up to the bottom of the breast. Areola can be made smaller, drooping tissues are removed, nipple is repositioned. There is also the possibility of using an implant in this method.
2) Reverse T (Anchor) Technique
The incisions start down from the areola and reach both sides of the chest. So in a sense, the opposite T-shape is drawn. The nipple is repositioned and the breast is reshaped. More skin is needed to use this method.
3) Pariareolar (Donut) Technique
It is a technique that leaves fewer scars and is frequently demanded by women. It is a useful method for the beasts with tubes.
Stages of Breast Uplift Surgery
At this stage, you will get information about the procedure and ask your doctor about any questions you may have. So you don’t have any questions about breast lift. In addition, your doctor will check whether you comply with this procedure. Your medical history, medications you use, your weight, whether you have a baby, whether you are planning to have a baby in the near future, and similar factors are taken into account. After all these factors are evaluated, the surgeon will decide on the surgery.
General anesthesia is generally preferred in this surgery. In some cases, local anesthesia or sedation may also be used. Your doctor will make the decision at this point.
There are different techniques for breast uplift, and your doctor will decide which one to use based on your condition. Even if there is a scar in these methods, it will not be a problem since the scars will remain under bikini or bra.
First, an incision is made around the areola and then it goes vertically downwards. If necessary, a horizontal incision can be made from the lower parts of the chest. After the incisions are formed, excess tissue and skin are removed. After this stage your nipple is moved a bit further up to get a natural image. Finally, the incisions are closed and the procedure is completed. After the procedure, a tube can be inserted to discharge the liquid in the breast.
What Should Be Considered in Breast Uplift Surgery?
The success rate of breast uplift surgery is very high. However, in order for this operation to be successful, the following points must be taken into consideration. Otherwise, different problems may occur. These are:
- You should stop smoking and drinking for some time before the operation. These are important for the normal course of the treatment.
- Have a mammogram and a thorough examination of your breast tissue.
- Try to achieve your ideal weight.
- Stop eating and drinking completely 12 hours before surgery.
- Lie on your back.
- Get detailed information and prepare for the post-operative procedure.
- Come to the clinic with loose and comfortable clothes.
- Leave your jewelry and valuables at home before you come to the clinic.
- Remove nail polish and false nails from your fingers.
After the surgery, dressings and bandages are applied on the sutures. Immediately thereafter, you are provided with a special uplift bra to support your breasts. At this stage, you will experience some pain and do not forget to use the painkillers prescribed by your doctor regularly.
After a few weeks, results begin to appear and the healing process accelerates. During the first month, you will significantly recover and return to daily life slowly.
What Should I Expect from Breast Uplift Surgery?
You can see the change in your breasts immediately after surgery. But remember that this change is not a complete result and you have to wait for a while to get the best results. After the operation, the necessary check-ups are performed and if there is nothing wrong, you will be discharged immediately.
You will notice that your breasts are softer. Your stitches are removed within the first 10 days and you will recover significantly. You may gradually return to your daily life, but be sure to follow your doctor’s advice.
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Uplift
Is the surgery painful?
You will be under anesthesia at the time of the surgery and therefore you will not have any pain.
Will I have pain after surgery?
You will start to feel a slight pain immediately after the operation. This is not very severe. However, thanks to the painkillers given by your doctor you will get over this period much more comfortably.
Is there an age limit for breast uplift surgery?
You must be at least 18 years old to undergo this surgery. The lower age limit is 18, but there is no upper age limit. As a result of the detailed examination to be performed by the doctor, it is decided whether the patient is suitable for the procedure.
Can I breastfeed my baby after the operation?
In the methods to be used, the milk producing property of the udder is not adversely affected. So you can continue to breastfeed your baby. However, it is better to work with an experienced doctor in order to prevent a possible negativity.
When can I get back to work?
If your job doesn’t tire you in general and it is comfortable, you can go back to work after resting for a few days. But if you can get some days off from work permit, it is better to rest at home for 10 days. If you have a strenuous job, it is recommended to start at the end of 6 weeks at the earliest.
Is the breast lift operation permanent?
Yes, this process is permanent. However, factors such as excess weight gain and pregnancy will affect the breast.
When can I start the exercises?
You can start non-tiring exercises at the end of 2 weeks. For intensive and strenuous exercises, you should wait at least 6 weeks.
Will the operation prevent me from breast feeding?
Breast uplift procedure does not cause any problems in milk production. Only the nipples may experience loss of sensation for a while, which does not interfere with breastfeeding. In addition, the loss of sensation will recover completely within a few months.
Will there be any scars after the surgery?
The answer varies depending on the method used for surgery. However, since the incisions will be used for the procedure, there will be some scarring. However, these scars turn to normal skin color in 1-2 years and are not obvious from the outside. In addition, the scars remain under the bra and bikini.
Is it possible to augment or reduce my breast size during surgery?
Breast augmentation or breast reduction surgery may be included in the breast uplift surgery. You should inform your doctor at the first meeting.
You can examine the successful results by comparing the pre- and post-operative photos of our patients having Breast Uplift surgery in our clinic. These results will help you during your decision-making process.