Known as a Mastopexy, this procedure involves reducing the skin envelope of the breasts and repositioning the nipple-areolae to match the new shape for a more uplifted appearance.
Who is it suitable for?
Mastopexy is usually requested by women who have drooping of their breasts after weight loss, pregnancy or loss of skin elasticity with age or for those with asymmetrical breasts.
What is involved?
A mastopexy operation involves removal of the excess skin and relocation of the nipple-areola onto a higher position on the newly created breast mound. The resulting scars will be around the nipple-areola and depending on the amount of skin that is excised, there may be an extension of the scar downwards between the nipple-areola and the inframammary crease and along that crease.
Surgery is done under a general anaesthetic as a day case or with an overnight stay in hospital.
Frequently asked questions
How do I know if this procedure is right for me?
Most satisfaction is gained when you yourself decide that you wish to alter your body form or appearance. The best outcome is achieved when you and your surgeon agree that the chosen operation will achieve your goals and expectations, and that you understand and have carefully considered the potential benefit from the procedure against the possible unwanted effects and risks from it.
How long does the procedure take?
2.5 – 3 hours.
How much does this procedure cost?
This depends on the length of stay in hospital. You will receive a cost breakdown before you book the operation.
Are there any potential side effects?
With any surgical procedure, there is a potential for unwanted effects. It is essential for you to minimize any risk factors (stop smoking, avoid blood thinning medications, stop the oral contraceptive pill, discuss other medications or supplements) when planning surgery. Optimal healing from surgery occurs when you are in peak physical health. The best results are obtained when you are at your ideal weight and that it is maintained in the long term.
Potential unwanted effects include: asymmetry, unsightly scars, altered sensation, loss of blood supply to the nipple, delayed wound healing.
Important things to know about breast surgery: your breasts will naturally change with age, pregnancy and breast feeding, sensation may be altered, further surgery may be required.
Also known as breast augmentation or a ‘boob job’, surgery involves increasing the size of the breasts by the use of implants or lipomodelling (lipofilling/free fat transfer).
Breast reduction is beneficial for women who have breasts that are heavy and/or large in proportion to their body build or for those with asymmetrical sized breasts.
Found a change or something worrying in your breast? Put your mind at rest by having it examined and investigated as soon as possible.
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