Breast lift – also known as mastopexy is a common procedure for women who feel they have lost the ‘youthful’ appearance of the breast. The uplifting procedure is often combined with an implant being placed into the breast or a small reduction of the natural breast. The use of an implant is to provide more of a fuller appearance, particularly in the upper part of the breast. When performing such procedure scars are made around the breast-this is done as discreetly as possible. The most commonly used is the anchor shape and lollipop shape.
The anchor scar circles the areolar, traces down to the under part of the breast, vertically when it meets the chest wall then up to near the armpit. The lollipop scar is exactly the same except the incision is not extended towards the armpit. There are many things taken into account when choosing which incisions to use, along with their advantages and disadvantages. These can range from the amount of tissue being removed from the breast as well as if an implant is being used, all will be discussed with you in-depth during your consultation.
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Mastopexy, or breast uplifting, is performed to lift up breasts that have started to droop. The procedure is often combined with a minor breast reduction or a breast augmentation but can be done without changing the size of the breasts. Most women who undergo the procedure are delighted with their results, though there is a recovery time of a few weeks associated with the procedure.
To do a mastopexy, scars must be made around the breast. There are several techniques that can be used, but the two most popular are the anchor shape and the lollipop shape. The traditional way to perform a breast reduction leads to scars around the nipple/areolar, down from this to where the breast meets the chest wall and then across from near the armpit to near the most middle part of the breast. This is called the Wise pattern, or anchor scar technique.
The lollipop scar technique is also called the vertical scar technique (or short scar technique) and this involves a scar around the nipple/areolar and down from here to where the breast meets the chest wall.
Your body, your decision.
There are many reasons why women, just like you, choose to have breast uplifting procedure, wether its to get back to the shape you were before having children; to bring balance to uneven breast or simply to feel happy with the figure you’ve always wanted.
Whatever your circumstances its important you have as much information as possible to be able to make informed decision on whats right for you.
During your in-depth consultation with Mr Shoaib and his surgical team we will take into consideration all aspects of your aims. Together you will decide on the different aspects of your breast uplift surgery, including the profile, projection and width. The procedure will be discussed thoroughly as well as the incision method and which pocket the implant shall be placed in.
To do a mastopexy, scars must be made around the breast. There are several techniques that can be used, but the two most popular are the anchor shape and the lollipop shape. The traditional way to perform a breast reduction leads to scars around the nipple/areolar, down from this to where the breast meets the chest wall and then across from near the armpit to near the most middle part of the breast. This is called the Wise pattern, or anchor scar technique. The lollipop scar technique is also called the vertical scar technique (or short scar technique) and this involves a scar around the nipple/areolar and down from here to where the breast meets the chest wall. Both techniques have their advantages and disadvantages. The Wise pattern is often used in cases where a large amount of breast tissue is going to be removed; the vertical scar technique leads to a smaller and less noticeable scar, but the chances of revisional surgery to the scar are greater than with the Wise pattern technique.
If a mastopexy is being performed and an implant is being inserted at the same time to enlarge the breast, the incisions may be different depending on the amount of enlargement required, the amount of excess skin in the breast and the amount the nipple needs to be lifted.
Taking Your First Steps
If you are looking to change the size and shape of your breasts, La Belle Forme is able to offer you a comprehensive service that will be tailored to meet your individual needs. From initial consultations through to surgery and aftercare, you can rest assured that you will receive the very highest standards of care and support.
The majority of people who have breast augmentation mastopexy are very happy with the results. However, there are risks with any procedure and there are specific problems you should be aware of with breast augmentations and these include (but are not limited to):
Wound healing delays
Nerve injury leading to sensory reductions at the nipple
Size issues – some women feel they should have been made bigger or smaller after their augmentation procedure
Implant deflation (in cases of saline implants)
Implant migration and movement
Implant rotation (in cases of anatomic implants)
Difficulty with mammogram interpretation
Changes in the way breast lumps are investigated and treated
Capsular contraction (the formation of a hard painful or distorting area of scar tissue around the breast implant)
Silicone leakage (in cases of non cohesive silicone gel implants)
Galactorrhoea (the inadvertent production of milk)
Further surgery: all implants have a life-span that is limited and finite. In many cases, the patient lives longer than the implant. All women with breast implants should therefore prepare themselves for further surgery during the course of their life.
All the natural effects of having larger breasts – bra strap marks, drooping of the breast tissue with time, development of prominent veins, etc.
Your breast augmentation mastopexy will be performed under general anaesthetic and you will probably stay in hospital overnight but certainly until you are comfortable enough to go home. When you do go home you will need to take pain killers for a few days until the discomfort settles down. The first day of the operation is the worst and you may well need help with day to day activities for a few days.
After the operation, bruising and swelling mean that we don’t see the final result for around six months. It is important to wear a supportive sports bra constantly for a couple of months after the operation, so that the breasts heal in the right position and it is important to remember that changes in breast size may still occur after weight changes, even after the operation.
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