Due to one or several pregnancies, weight loss or aging, breasts lose their attractive and firm appearance; thus resulting in breast ptosis, droopiness, and skin slackening. Mastopexy or breast lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure, which raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. The procedure gives breasts a natural-looking and attractive appearance. The degree of breast droopiness can go from moderate to severe wherein the areola is positioned in the sub-mammary fold. The surgeon will therefore take into consideration the degree of breast droopiness, its cause, and the patient’s skin quality in order to decide on the adequate procedure(s).
PROCEDURES & POST- SURGICAL SCARRING:
Mastopexy is a mammoplasty procedure for raising sagging breasts upon the chest of the woman, by modifying the position of the nipple, and the size, contour, and elevation of the breasts, and tightening breast skin for a more attractive result. Breast ptosis can be pure, and in this case, it will only require a breast lift. In the case of breast hypertrophy, breast lifting will be combined with mammary reduction. However, in the case of a hypotrophy, Breast Implants will be placed to increase the size and volume of breasts. Regardless of the intervention, post-surgical scarring will depend on the type of incision performed (corresponding to the extent of desired volume or degree of droopiness):
A single periareolar scar: in the case of a very moderate breast ptosis. That is, if the patient requests a correction of breast slackening or a minor breast augmentation, the placement of small implants through this discrete incision is possible.
Two scars (a periareolar scar and a vertical scar): in the case of moderate breast ptosis. The areola and the nipple are raised, excess skin under the nipple is removed, the mammary gland is well positioned and centred, and the incisions are sutured; giving birth to future post-surgical scars.
Three scars a periareolar scar, a vertical scar, and a horizontal scar in the sub-mammary fold: in the case of severe breast ptosis, where the surgeon has to remove a lot of excess skin and much of the mammary gland. The scar has the shape of an inversed T, and is discrete and well-hidden.
After the procedure, the surgeon will place a bandage on the operated area. The bandage will be removed after two days, and replaced by a support bra that must be worn day and night for a period of four to six weeks. In certain cases, the surgeon may place drainages to eliminate secretions. These drainages will be removed after two to three days following surgery. As the procedure is slightly painful due to bruising and swelling, the surgeon will prescribe the appropriate medication to alleviate any pain and discomfort. Resocialisation will last for ten days, during which the patient is recommended not to lift heavy objects or perform any physical exercise. In fact, physical activity is only resumed after one to two months after the surgery. If sutures are non-resorbable, they can be removed after ten to fifteen days. In addition, post-surgical scars will more easily disappear with a regular application of a moisturizing creme. After at least six months of the intervention, both pregnancy and breastfeeding are possible.