Breast uplift surgery (mastoplexy), is a cosmetic operation to remove excess skin from the breasts to improve their shape.
During the breast lift procedure, incisions are made and excess skin and tissue are removed and the surrounding skin is tightened. The breasts are then re-shaped and the nipple repositioned to a natural level. Scarring is minimal and will fade significantly with time. The breast lift operation can be combined with breast augmentation to achieve the best possible result.
The operation is performed under general anaesthetic and requires an overnight stay in hospital. Patients are recommended to have a week off work to allow time to rest and recover. Strenuous work or activity should be avoided for at least three weeks.
Directly after breast uplift surgery, patients may feel tender and may experience a feeling of taut skin, or numbness. This is temporary, and can be eased with painkillers.
Preparing for Surgery
Smoking can increase the likelihood of wound problems in this type of surgery and abstaining from smoking for at least two weeks preoperatively and postoperatively is a sensible precaution.
The patient is admitted to hospital on the day of surgery and Miss Patel will run through the procedure with the patient and mark the exact extent of the surgery. The patient will be seen by a Consultant Anaesthetist who will discuss the anaesthetic with the patient and will answer any questions the patient may have.
How long does a breast uplift operation take?
Generally the surgery takes about two to three hours.
Recovery after breast uplift surgery
The patient normally stays in hospital overnight and is discharged the following day. If drains are used, they are removed the morning after surgery. It is recommended that the patient use a sports bra after surgery to give extra support and comfort. Sports bras are usually used for four to six weeks.
Miss Patel will usually see the patient seven to ten days after surgery to check that all is well and to reduce the dressing. Typically, the patient will be seen again a week later at which stage dressings are usually be dispensed with. A further follow up visit is planned around three months after surgery.
Is the procedure painful?
Breast uplift surgery does cause a degree of discomfort but this is usually well controlled with the painkillers provided by our experienced consultant anaesthetist. On discharge, patients are generally comfortable using mild painkillers such as paracetamol and codeine. The majority of patients find they are able to resume normal activities after a one to two week period.
What is the normal recovery time?
Normal activities can be resumed after two weeks and most patients are able to return to work within two to three weeks. Sporting activities and gym work can be resumed four to six weeks following this surgery.
Safety and Potential Risks of breasat uplift surgery
The majority of patients undergoing breast uplift surgery performed by an experienced surgeon achieve good results with a rapid recovery. In a small proportion of patients complications can occur as listed below:
- Scars – Scars usually heal nicely in a thin white line; however, in some patients, they can be thicker than expected and may require scar management therapy.
- Infection – Infection is rare in this type of surgery and the risk is minimised by careful surgical technique and the use of a dose of antibiotic ahead of surgery.
- Partial areola or nipple loss – Repositioning the nipple and removing breast tissue inevitably interrupts some of the blood supply to the nipple and surrounding areola. There is therefore a risk of some of this tissue not surviving.
- Haematoma – In a limited number of cases small blood vessels in the wound may bleed after the surgery which leads to blood collecting under the wound. This is known as a haematoma which needs to be released and washed out before re-suturing the wound. Should this problem arise, it is typically on the day of surgery and does not affect the final result.
This is not a definitive list and symptoms will vary with each patient. Please ask Miss Patel for more information.
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