MASTOPEXY

Mastopexy (breast lift) lifts the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and improve the appearance of sagging breasts.

 

PURPOSE OF THE SURGERY:

Natural breast placement / symmetry

Reducing the size of the areola and their placement

Removing excess skin

 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR MASTOPEXY OPERATION

Before the intervention it is important to have a discussion about the medical history. The shape and size of the breasts will be assessed in relation to the thoracic perimeter.

The breasts and axillary regions will be palpated, to assess the consistency of the tissues, for the possible presence of tumors and lymphadenopathy (enlarged lymph nodes).

It will be seen if there are asymmetries in the shape, size and position of the breasts. What medication will be right for you.

PREOPERATIVE ANALYSIS:

·         Blood tests

·         Imaging investigations

·         Breast ultrasound – in young patients

·         Mammography – in patients over 40 years of age or for the evaluation of suspicious lesions

It is recommended to quit smoking at least 2 weeks before the operation.

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

Patients under 18 years of age.

If lactation or recent lactation is present.

The presence of suspicious (unassessed) breast tumors.

The presence of serious chronic diseases.

 

PREOPERATIVE PREPARATION

Talk to your doctor about your expectations for mastopexy surgery.

 

IMPORTANT:

Remember that before the intervention you should also prepare your house for when you return.

You need ice, light, loose clothing, so you don’t have to work hard when you change.

You will need someone to help you get home after the operation and not stay alone overnight.

HOW THE OPERATION GOES

The operation involves making incisions to remove excess skin and breast tissue.

The next step is to resize the areola (if it is large in size, relative to the new size of the breast) and reposition it at a normal level on the chest.

For extra volume, breast implants can be inserted.

The duration of the procedure is between 2-4 hours and is performed under general anesthesia.

Hospitalization usually lasts one day, depending on the patient’s condition.

 

POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS

In the case of any cosmetic surgery, complications can occur: possible allergies, hemorrhage of the hematoma or the appearance of an infection.

The scars left after the operation heal, and after about 6 months or 1 year they become almost undetectable. For this it is necessary to strictly follow the doctor’s instructions.

 

POSTOPERATIVE INDICATIONS

Sometimes it is necessary to place a drain tube for 24-48 hours, which will remove excess fluid from the operated area.
The intervention causes a moderate discomfort, which can be controlled with regular antiallergic medication (algocalmin, nurofen, paracetamol), also an oral antibiotic will be administered 5 days postoperatively.
After the operation, the patient should lie on her back with her chest slightly raised.
It is recommended to wear a compressive elastic bustier for 6 weeks.
For 3 months after surgery, avoid physical exertion involving the pectoral muscles and sun exposure.