It is natural tendency of breasts to become ‘droopy’ or ‘saggy’ with time. Factors such as pregnancy, breast feeding, and loss of weight may speed up this change as the fibrous which normally support the breast become lax and the skin loses its elasticity as one gets older. Therefore, the breast envelope becomes larger while the volume of the breast tissues does not increase. The breast then succumbs to the effects of gravity and change in shape (becoming saggy) with more downward-pointing nipples.
Mastopexy is a surgical procedure to tighten the skin envelope surrounding the breast and raising the level of the nipple to produce a a more ‘perky’ breast.
In some instances, the volume of the breast tissue is just too small, and the breast tightening is combined with the insertion of an implant. This will usually be done at the same time, however, in some cases, it will be done in 2 separate operations to achieve the desired outcome.
WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM MASTOPEXY (BREAST LIFTS)
Women who have
Women who have saggy breasts
Saggy breasts that are unlikely to be treatable with implants only
YOUR SURGICAL JOURNEY
BEFORE THE OPERATION
- You will have at least 2 consultations before your surgery.
- During your first consultation the reasons for, feasibility and expectations of the operation will be discussed. A series of breast and chest measurements will be made and noted.
- Standardized photographs will be taken with your consent.
- If you take aspirin or NSAIDS (e.g. Ibuprofen) then you should stop these at least 1 week prior to your surgery. These drugs serve to thin the blood and predispose you to a higher risk of bleeding during and after the operation.
- If you are a smoker, you should stop at least 4 weeks prior to your surgery.
- This will be performed under a general anesthetic (that is, you will put to sleep by an experienced consultant anesthetist). Most patients are able to go home on the following day.
- Oudit will visit you in the morning of your surgery. If you have any further questions you would like to ask him prior to the operation, he would be most delighted to answer these for you. He will then place some marks on your chest. This is an integral part of the process. About 30-45 minutes prior to your operation you will picked up by friendly staff members and brought to the operating theatre suite.
- Your operation will be done in a safe and caring manner respecting your dignity.
- Your operation will involve removing the excess skin using various plastic surgical techniques with the elevation and re-positioning of the nipple.
- At the end of the operation, a rubber tube maybe or may not be left in each breast. This is usually removed the next day prior to discharge.
AFTER THE OPERATION
- You will be recovered in a safe environment by caring staff members before you are transferred to the ward where you will be nursed overnight.
- The following day, if you have drains, these will be removed, and you will be discharged after Mr. Oudit has seen you.
- You will be seen in the Outpatient’s clinic one week after your surgery. The dressings will be removed, and wounds inspected. You will then be seen the following week to ensure the wounds are healed and all is well. You will then be reviewed 3 months and then at 6 months later for the final time before discharge.
- Operating Time: 90-120 mins
- Anaesthetic: General Anesthesia (GA)
- Hospital Stay: Day case or 1 night
- Time off work: 2 weeks
- Exercise: After 6 weeks
- Driving: 3 – 4 weeks
- Special Advice: Sports bra to be worn for 6 weeks post surgery and then a wired bra maybe used.