The medical term for breast uplift surgery is mastopexy, and it is one of the most frequently requested and performed cosmetic breast surgery procedures. It is often combined with breast augmentation (enlargement) in what is known as an augmented mastopexy procedure.
Many women are dissatisfied with the shape or pertness of their breasts. A significant number of women find their breasts change as they develop through the various stages of life. Often, their breasts would originally have been relatively firm or pert, but whether through significant weight loss, the after effects of a pregnancy, or the effects of gravity and age, the shape or pertness of the breast alters, leaving a droopy or a deflated appearance.
Understandably, this change can be disheartening. As a result of the dissatisfaction with the appearance of their breasts, many women request surgery to improve the overall pertness, firmness, and size and shape of their breasts.
Whilst not strictly an accurate example, a good way of understanding the problem is to imagine that a woman initially has a C-cup sized breast, over the years, perhaps after the birth of child, she still has a C–cup sized breast, but owing to the stretching of the skin, to accommodate milk and weight increase during pregnancy that C-cup breast now resides in E-cup sized pocket of skin (the skin has been stretched in effect).
From the outset, it is important to understand that it is not possible to re-create or repair the fibrous bands that originally held the breast in place (once they have been stretched). Like springs that have been over-stretched, once they have been pulled too far, they loose their ability to recoil. Consequently the only surgical option is to excise the excess skin. Breast Uplift, also known as Mastopexy, results in a breast that both looks more youthful and generally feels firmer.
How Is Breast Uplift Performed?
In principle, Breast Uplift consists of the following:
Excising the surplus skin
Remodelling the breast tissue into a more attractive shape
Repositioning the nipple / areola complex to a higher level, so that the nipple lies at the point of the newly tightened breasts
Reshaping or reducing in size the areola if necessary
Breast Uplift is performed under general anaesthetic and most patients stay in hospital for one night. There are various techniques used in specific situations. In almost all, the surgeon must first make an incision around the areola, so that it can be repositioned higher on the breast:
In certain circumstances, it may be possible to undertake Mastopexy utilising only an incision around the areola. This so called ‘doughnut’ Mastopexy is an option where the breast is fairly small and when the degree of sag is minimal.
In certain cases, sufficient skin may be removed by extending the incision vertically down from the areola (lollipop incision).
However, in other cases, the incision must also include a lateral extension across the crease below the breast (anchor incision).
The vast majority of women undergoing a Breast Uplift procedure find the results very satisfying, resulting in a real improvement in how their clothes fit, and how their breasts look even when they are undressed. Most women report a marked improvement in their self-confidence and their own feelings about the attractiveness of their body.
Wearing a good supporting bra will help to sustain the result, however, it is important to remember that the results of breast uplift will not last forever and ageing, pregnancy and weight fluctuation will eventually cause more laxness of the skin, resulting in the re-occurrence of some droopiness.
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