Breast Uplift Surgery (Mastopexy)
Introduction to Breast Uplift Surgery (Mastopexy)
Breast uplift surgery (also known as mastopexy) is a surgical procedure to change the form of your breast by removing skin and re-shaping them.
What is a Breast Uplift Surgery (Mastroplexy)?
Breast uplift surgery (also known as mastopexy) is a surgical procedure to change the form of your breast by removing skin and re-shaping them. This leads to the surrounding skin and tissue to become tightened, and will move your nipple. This surgery is often performed to improve the symmetry between breasts. It is important to know that this surgical procedure can lead to scarring, altered sensation and lumps however your surgeon will be able to show you what outcomes can look like.
How is a Breast Uplift Surgery performed?
Before the procedure you will be given a general anaesthetic, which induces unconsciousness. General anaesthesia does have some side side effects including nausea, confusion and pain. The breast uplift operation will usually last around 2-3 hours, and involves the surgeon making several cuts on your breasts. The procedure may involve removing skin from around the areola and under your breasts. Your nipple may also be repositioned or re-sized to match the new shape. If you are also having breast enlargement at the same time, an implant will be inserted underneath your breast tissue or behind the chest muscle.
How to prepare for a Breast Uplift Surgery?
At the pre-operative clinic, usually one to two weeks before your operation, you will have routine tests performed, including blood tests, chest X-ray, and a heart trace. The consultant will ask some questions about your health, the medication you take at the moment and any allergies you may have, so it is important you are familiar with these before the appointment. A photograph is taken to record the shape and size of your breasts and will be kept as a record.
On the day of the operation you will be asked to not eat or drink anything for at least 6 hours before the procedure. The surgeon will see you before the operation to ensure you are ready, answer any questions and will make some marks on your body in preparation for the procedure.
What happens after a Breast Uplift Surgery?
On waking from the procedure, you will find a small plastic tube connected to the wound site. This is important for allowing fluid to drain. You may also be connected to a drip, which will replenish any fluid lost during the procedure. The side effects of the anaesthetics may cause you to feel nauseous and dizzy, but these will often wear off in a few hours. Usually after such a procedure you are kept in hospital overnight and discharged the following day so that hospital staff can monitor you.
There will be some swelling around the wound, but this should clear over next next few days. You will be advised how to dress the wound. It is important that you wear a bra at all times during the first month after the procedure. Ideally a soft sports bra, that provides support and has good elasticity. This is important in modelling the breast tissue into good shape. You may need to be re-measured following the surgery to ensure you are getting the right support.