Breast Uplift (Mastopexy)
It is innate tendency for breasts to lose their shape with time. Factors such as pregnancy, breast feeding, and loss of weight may speed up this change as the fibrous bands which typically support the breast become lax and the skin loses its elasticity with time. Therefore, the breast envelope becomes larger while the volume of the breast tissues does not increase or may decrease.
Mastopexy (breast uplift) is a surgical procedure to tighten the skin envelope around the breast and elevate the level of the nipple to produce a rejuvenated shape.
Breast uplift maybe combined with breast reduction or augmentation. A consultation would be needed for assessment and a suitable recommendation would be discussed.
WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM MASTOPEXY (BREAST UPLIFT)
Women who have
- Women who have saggy breasts
- Women who would like to alter the shape of their breasts for a more rejuvenated look
UNSUITABLE PATIENTS FOR BREAST UPLIFT
- Patients who smoke should have ceased for 4-6 weeks prior to surgery and hypertensive patients would need to have had their hypertension treated prior
- This like any other cosmetic procedures, should not be considered in patients who have unrealistic expectations or body image disorders.
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 before your surgery.
- 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.
- Mr. Oudit will see you before 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.
- 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 Anaesthetic (GA)
- Hospital Stay: 1 night
- Exercise: After 6 weeks