Just as the rest of the body ages, a woman’s breasts will change as time, gravity, and other factors, such as pregnancy, breastfeedingand significant weight loss, can also affect them. Some women notice that the skin around their breasts sags, the breasts droop, and their volume seems depleted over time. Those life changes drive many women to seek the help of a plastic surgeon to lift their breasts back into place.
A mastopexy, or breast lift, is a surgery performed in order to restore breasts to a more lifted position while improving their shape and firmness. The procedure begins with an anchor-shaped incision made around the nipple, down to and along the crease beneath the breast. Any excess skin and tissue are then removed. The surgeon next relocates the nipple to a more appropriate location on the newly lifted breasts. Finally, the breasts are reshaped to be more even, round, and firm before the incisions are closed with stitches.
Surgical time: 2-3 hours and varies largely depending on the anatomy of the breast and the technique used.
Anaesthesia: usually performed under general anaesthesia.
Hospitalisation: outpatient basis or 24 hours of admission.
Postoperative Care: The day after the intervention the drains are removed. Two days after surgery the patient will go to the clinic for wound dressing. Removal of the stitches within 10-15 days. Following surgery,an elastic bandage or surgical bra is placed over the breasts. This supportive bra will help to keep the newly reshaped breasts secure as the healing begins.
Recovery: After a few days, the bra will be replaced with a softer support bra that is worn for 24 hours each day throughout the first month following surgery. As they heal, the breasts are typically bruised, swollen, and uncomfortable, but these symptoms will pass gradually. Numbness in the breasts and nipples is a normal side effect which should also lessen, especially as the swelling subsides. After the first one or two weeks, your stitches will be removed and you may return to work and resume most daily activities. The patient must avoid sudden movements and heavy lifting or raising the arms above the shoulders. Heavy exercise may resume at 1.5 to 2 months. Although the improvement will grow in the following months, the ideal look will take one year to be seen and then the scars will be less visible and the shape more stable.
- Arrival in clinic.
- Consultation with the plastic surgeon: Diagnostic confirmation and indication for surgery (30 min.).
- Preoperative test: blood test, X-ray and EKG.
- Consultation with anaesthesiologist.
- Back to hotel.
- Admission to the clinic in the morning and nothing to eat for six hours before admission time. No other drinks or foodstuffs to be taken.
- Surgery approx. 9.00 h.
- Stay in the clinic in a single room with a bed for a companion.
- Discharge from hospital after the surgeon's assessment.
- Transfer to hotel.
• Visit the clinic for wound care and drains removal.
Days 5 to 8
- The patient stays at the hotel and can do all the activities recommended by the doctor.
- Removal of stitches.
- Ready to go/fly back home.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What kind of anaesthesia is the most recommended?
Is it painful?
Paracetamol is enough for the pain.