Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
What should you know about the breast lift? What happens during the first consultation?
In the life of most women the moment comes when they start looking at the changing shape of their breasts with dissatisfaction. After childbearing, due to the course of time, or personal genetic givens, the skin loses its flexibility and tone. Thanks to the breast lift surgery your breasts can return to their tight, rotund shapes. Breasts which have lost their firmness can be tightened by the procedure called breast lift. It is practical, preparing in advance for the first consultation with the plastic surgeon, to think through your questions and expectations regarding the breast lift surgery.
During the consultation the plastic surgeon examines you, then you discuss the personalized possibilities, he explains the different operation techniques and shows where the scars will be located after the operation. At the consultation you have the chance to see the reference photos of the plastic surgeon.
Preparing for the breast lift
Before the breast lift you must go for a complete medical check-up. The reason for this is to find out whether you have any health problems that could have an influence on the breast lift surgery. All preliminary examinations are made at our Plastic Surgery Institute, saving you the pains of queuing and waiting in other health centers. In the course of the examination laboratory tests and as occasion requires, other examinations (ECG, X-ray, breast ultrasound, mammography, etc.) are performed according to the suggestion of the plastic surgeon.
In certain cases a change we advise our patients to change their lifestyle in the days preceding the breast lift. To facilitate the proper recovery, it is important that you do not smoke because nicotine slows down the process of regeneration and harmfully influences the healing of the wound. In the days before the breast lift surgery you should eat light food, drink lots of fluids and take some vitamins (vitamin C, selenium, zinc). Two weeks before the breast lift surgery you should avoid the use of aspirin, ginko biloba and other naturopathic products.
The breast lift surgery
In the course of the breast lift the new shape of the breast is formed from the existing gland stock, and then the sagging is lifted. The breast lift is performed under general anesthesia, and depending on the type of breast lift surgery, it takes 2-2.5 hours. In the course of the breast lift the surgeon eliminates the superfluous skin and places the nipples in anatomical position. If the volume of the gland stock is sufficient, the breast correction happens without the insertion of an implant. However, in 50% of the cases breast lift is supplemented by the insertion of an implant.
The techniques of breast lift surgery
The technique of the operation means the choice and localization of the necessary incisions. In the course of the breast lift more types of techniques can be applied. The vertical, also known as short technique consists of a circular and a short vertical incision. In the case of a more significant sagging we apply the so-called reverse T incision, where besides the circular and short incision a crosswise incision is also made by the plastic surgeon underneath the breast in the breast fold. The latter technique results in one bra size smaller breast. The plastic surgeon will decide on the basis of the conditions and the structure of your breasts which breast lift surgery technique will result in an aesthetic, natural shape in your case.
Recovery and risks of the breast lift
In our Plastic Surgery Institute we aim to make the period after the breast lift as convenient as possible for you. In order to do this, a waterproof bandage is placed on the wounds, so you can even have a shower at home. After the breast lift surgery you must spend one night in our Plastic Surgery Institute. To achieve the perfect result and look we work with self-absorbing stitches, this way the scars heal a lot more aesthetically and we save you the possible inconveniences of the stitch removal. After the breast lift you must wear a special bra for 8 weeks. Our institute provides you with these items of clothing.
In the first 2 weeks of the recovery all demanding physical activities must be avoided. After 2 weeks you can gradually return to your previous lifestyle. After three weeks you can start to do light exercises. Sunbathing, the use of solarium and sauna must be avoided for 2 months. After the breast lift surgery you have to attend control examinations on the 7th and 14th day, and the 6th and 12th week. The recovery time of the outer scars is 6 months, while the inner scars heal completely in 2 years. To facilitate the healing of the wound it is advisable to use scar creams.
Before the breast lift we aim to filter out the possible risk factors with preliminary examinations but even so unpredictable complications may occur. Breast lift surgeries count as routine plastic procedures. The chance for the occurrence of complications is extremely slight, but it cannot be excluded. These complications can be the following: infection, oedema, serous oedema, or the formation of a keloid scar, temporary alteration regarding the sensitivity of the nipples, asymmetry between the two breasts.
The results of the breast lift
Women having had a breast lift surgery can again be proud of the most beautiful symbol of their femininity, their self-confidence increases, which, according to the feedback of our guests, has a positive effect in every field of their lives. After the breast lift a thin, inconspicuous scar is left on the skin at some visible and invisible places. The scars are permanent, but they will fade with time. The breasts will obtain their final shape after half a year.
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