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What is a Breast Uplift?
A breast uplift (Mastopexy) is a surgical procedure to reshape your breasts and create an uplifted appearance. It is sometimes combined with implants to restore fullness.
What is the procedure used for?
A breast uplift is purely aesthetic - to improve the look of your breasts. It aims to lift and shape them thereby making them more youthful looking.
Who is the treatment suitable for?
Ideal candidates are those who have sagging, pendulous breasts. An uplift on its own won't add volume to your breasts, so they won't get any bigger. However, they will gain a more youthful appearance which can greatly improve your self esteem. If you would like your breasts to be fuller, the procedure can also include the insertion of implants to achieve this.
What happens before the procedure?
Before your surgery, you will be assigned your own personal patient coordinator who will be your point of contact throughout your journey with Zenith. You will also meet with your surgeon and discuss at length the results you would like to achieve, your preferences when it comes to breast size and shape, and any other concerns you may have.
Our surgeon and the clinical team at Zenith will make sure you feel totally comfortable before going ahead with the surgery. Your surgeon and Patient Coordinator will explain the risks and complications that can arise from having a breast uplift and it is important that you ask as many questions as possible to make sure you are fully informed.
The consultation will also include an examination where the surgeon will need to assess your breasts to be able to advise you on whether you are suitable for the procedure. They will then be able to confirm what they will try to do to give you the results you are hoping to achieve. Once you are happy with all the information you have been provided, we can then begin to plan your procedure.
You will need to attend a pre-operative assessment between 2-5 weeks prior to your surgery. This is where you will come and meet either our senior nurse or doctor and they will go though your medical history, take your measurements - (height, weight, BMI), and perform a blood and MRSA test to ensure you are fit for surgery.
At Zenith Cosmetic Clinics, our patients are at the heart of everything we do. Having a breast uplift procedure is an extremely personal choice and only you can make the decision to go ahead. We encourage you to take away all of the information, digest it and spend some time really thinking about whether you want to go ahead with the procedure. We are there at every step to answer your questions and offer advice - we want you to be happy with your decision and delighted with your new breasts! It is compulsory for all patients who smoke to stop at least four weeks before and four weeks after surgery.
What happens during the procedure?
Breast uplift surgery at Zenith Cosmetic Clinics is performed under general anaesthetic, so you will be asleep during your operation.
During the procedure your surgeon will make several incisions on your breasts to remove and tighten the skin. The number of incisions made differ from person to person, as every breast lift procedure is tailored to the exact requirements of the patient. The incisions are usually made around the areola (the darker skin around the nipple) and run vertically down the breast and occasionally will run along the crease of the breast.
In order to get the results you desire, you may have opted to have breast implants - they will be inserted at this stage. Your nipples will also be re-positioned. Your surgeon will then repeat this procedure on your second breast, making sure that your breasts are as symmetrical as possible. The whole operation lasts around 2-3 hours.
What are the side effects or risks?
- Stretch marks (uncommon)
- Loss of sensitivity (often temporary).
- Small risk of developing a seroma (a mass caused by the accumulation of serum fluid within a tissue or organ) or hematoma
- It is also worth bearing in mind that over time your skin will loosen naturally and sag further as you age. For this reason, Mastopexy is not considered a permanent solution for sagging breasts.
If you have also had implants inserted, the risks are:
- Capsular contracture (the scar tissue encapsulating, hardening around and squeezing the implant).
- Rippling (wrinkling or indentations from the implant).
- The implant could shift and push through layers of tissue, showing through the skin.
- Deflation or rupture from an injury, or from wear and tear from an under-filled implant.
What results can I typically expect?
You are likely to have much perkier, youthful looking breasts. They will, however, have significant scarring from the incisions that have to be made so it is important that you research as much as possible before your surgery to make sure you are aware of how they might look. As with any breast uplift procedure, we can't guarantee an exact final cup size, but your surgeon will ensure they help you choose the right implants for you and your body.
Immediately after having breast uplift surgery, you will experience some swelling, pain and bruising. After returning home, you can continue to take over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. You will need to rest to give your body time to recover. You should avoid excessive use of your arms and chest area because as it may cause irritation. It is recommended that you take around two weeks off work after the operation to fully recover. You should be mobile from day one and back to full exercise within six weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the uplift permanent?
No. As you age, your skin will naturally sag further so for this reason Mastopexy is not considered permanent.
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