or ptosis can be exacerbated by many things, including pregnancy, breast
feeding, lack of support, weight loss and hormonal changes. Breast
uplift or mastopexy procedures are designed to tighten and reshape the sagging
breast by reducing the skin excess, and lifting the nipple to a higher, more
youthful position. This can be combined with reduction in the size
of the breasts if required (see Breast Reduction)
procedures can be used to achieve breast uplift, depending on the degree of
the problem. Each of these options has different advantages, so the
final choice can only be made after a detailed consultation.
range from a minimal uplift leaving a scar only around the nipple/areola, to a
substantial uplift leaving a vertical scar as well, or a comprehensive uplift
and reshaping leaving an "inverted T" shaped scar.
If the size
of your breasts is also a problem, then uplift surgery can usually be combined
with either enlargement or reduction procedures if you wish.
tells you about surgery with no risks, you should wonder what you are not
being told. You need to make an informed choice about whether the
potential benefits of surgery justify these inevitable risks. It is also
important that you are in the hands of someone with a breadth of skills and
training to foresee and prevent problems, or to deal with them if they do unfortunately arise.
surgery does leave scars on the breasts. These will usually go
through a phase of being a bit red and firm initially, but will usually
improve gradually over several months. On some occasions, these scars
may become more thickened and red than usual. It is not always possible
to predict who this will happen to. It is important that if
this does occur, you should start early to try to deal with the problem using
the range of scar control measures which your plastic surgeon can offer.
also occur inside the breast. This should be taken into account when
undergoing screening mammograms. By obtaining a mammogram
twelve months after surgery, it may be easier to determine the significance of
any subsequent changes in your mammograms.
do succeed in breast feeding after uplift surgery. This may, however, not be possible after some uplift techniques. If you would
like to breast feed in the future, you should ideally consider deferring
surgery until you have finished having your family. You may also wish to
discuss how the uplift techniques may be tailored to optimize the chances of
successful breast feeding in the future.
in sensation are usually noticed in the breasts and nipples in the short
term. This will usually improve over a period of weeks or months, but
permanent changes in feeling may occur.
to various parts of the breast will be affected by surgery, and occasionally
this may lead to some fat cells dying, and very rarely some skin or nipple
tissue dying. These risks are increased significantly by smoking and
some medical conditions.
This is by no
means an exhaustive list of all potential risks with this surgery. There
are a number of general risks associated with any surgery such as wound
infections, wound healing problems, bleeding, blood clots and anaesthetic
complications. Further information about the risks of surgery will be
covered in your consultation, and additional written information given to you
at that time.
information on Breast Uplift and Reduction
Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery - Breast Reduction web page
Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery - Breast Uplift web page