Mastopexy (Breast Lift)
Mastopexy is a surgical procedure that lifts and re-shapes the breast. This surgery addresses breast ptosis (drooping), low nipple position on the breast mound, and breast asymmetry. Occasionally, it is performed in combination with, or prior to, breast augmentation.
With a mastopexy, excess skin and sometimes a small amount of breast gland/tissue are removed. The breast tissue that is removed will be sent to the lab to screen for breast cancer. The remaining breast tissue is re-positioned on the chest wall, elevating and reducing the size of the nipple areolar complex. Scarring is usually in the shape of a “lollipop” around the areola extending downward vertically into the breast fold. With larger breasts, the incision may be extended under the breast fold.
Though rare, post-operative complications from any procedure are possible. These can include infection, bleeding (hematoma), asymmetry of breast shape or size, fat necrosis, delayed healing, unsatisfactory scarring, or loss of the nipple areolar complex. Altered sensations (numbness, tingling, and/or hypersensitivity) are to be expected while you are healing, and can persist for several weeks or months. Our health care team follows you closely to recognize and treat any complications, should they arise.
Consultation for this procedure includes a full exam of the proposed surgical area(s), review of patient goals, education on the procedure(s), and explanation of potential risks, complications, and benefits. VECTRA® 3D imaging will also be performed.
Anesthesia: General Anesthetic
Length: Approximately 1.5-2 hours
Prior to booking, you should ensure you have a responsible adult available to care for and assist you, including making meals, caring for your animals/children, cleaning, etc. They will need to stay with you after surgery, as you cannot be left alone for 24 hours following the procedure. We also recommend having someone available to drive you to your post-op appointment(s). You must be prepared to pay a 15% deposit to secure your surgical date, and the remaining balance four weeks prior to your procedure.
You can expect mild to moderate bruising and swelling post-operatively, peaking at around 72 hours and slowly resolving over the first couple of weeks. Mild to moderate discomfort is typical. Slight breast asymmetry is quite commonly seen in the early stages of healing. Specific dressing and wound care instructions will be provided by your nurse.
Gym and workout routine can typically be resumed at four weeks, slowly working up to full activity at six weeks. You should refrain from any strenuous lifting or strain to the upper body while you heal.
As with any surgery, results cannot be guaranteed. The goal of cosmetic plastic surgery is improvement, and perfection is not attainable. Final results depend on many factors and healing can vary from patient to patient. It is important to remember to have patience during convalescence to allow your body time to recuperate and settle.
Patients will be seen in office by the surgeon approximately three months after surgery for assessment and postoperative photographs.
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