Factors such as pregnancies, breast-feeding, significant weight changes and the daily force of gravity leave their mark on women’s breasts in time. At times, the breast tissue enlarges and stretches the surrounding skin and subcutaneous tissue and then retracts again. Breast tissue loses its elasticity and ligaments loosen. Breasts lose their firm appearance and sag. This often makes women feel uncomfortable, it is not so visually beautiful, it can interfere with dressing and it may even cause hygiene problems.
Neither physical exercise, diet nor cosmetics are of any help if you have sagging breasts – these methods do not restore stretched tissue. The best solution is an operation that makes the breast tissue and the surrounding skin fit and restores youthful firmness and shape.
Breast lifting is one of the most demanded for interventions by patients. This intervention aims to lift the fallen breasts, to obtain symmetric breasts as close as possible to their natural appearance. If the patient also wants to increase the breasts, mammoplasty with breast implants can be done at the same time.
During the pre-operative consultation, issues related to the positioning of post-operative scars, the stages of surgery and the recovery period will be discussed.
Mastopexy surgery lasts about 2-3 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Depending on the degree of ptosis, you can use different surgical techniques:
Ø Crescent lift – involves an incision in the upper edge of the areola; it can only be done for small breasts, with a small degree of ptosis.
Ø Circumareolar lift – involves a circular incision around the areola to remove the excess of skin; known as the Benelli Lift; ideal for patients with not very voluminous breasts, with moderate ptosis; manipulation processes in the mammary gland can also be done complementary to this intervention.
Ø Vertical Lift – involves an incision around the areola and vertically to the inframammary groove; advisable for people with average volume breasts and a moderate to severe degree of ptosis; known as a Lejour mastopexy.
Ø Complete Lifting – involves an anchor-shaped incision (around the areola, vertically until inframammary fold which continued to ditch the inframammary); designed for women with large breasts and severe ptosis; excision of excess glandular tissue or fat is allowed; also known as the Wise, anchor-lift or inverted T Mastopexy
For every procedure there is a recovery process that will allow proper healing incisions operators.
– In the early days – a quiet period is required, in which patients may benefit from recreation and to minimize physical activities; we will prescribe pain killers, vitamins and other substances that reduce the risk of bruising; the patient will wear a bustier for a period of 4-6 weeks
– In the first week – the patient can return to routine activities, including office work; however, any physical effort or exercise are to be avoided
– From 2 to 4 weeks – the results are becoming increasingly evident; patients may have mild physical activity
– From 3 to 4 months – postchirugical edema disappears completely and the final results are obvious