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Breast Lifting (Mastopexy)

WHAT IS BREAST LIFTING MASTOPEXY SURGERY?

Mastopexy surgery is the procedure of reducing the sagging breast tissue and the nipple into normal dimensions and relocating them in their normal localizations.

The normal position of the nipples is above the breast fold line. Nipple can be in the normal localization but there might be sagging tissue. If nipples are in this line it can be referred to mild sagging, if below this line it can be referred to moderate sagging. If breast tissue is exceeding the fold line and if the nipples are in downward position, then it is assumed to be advanced sagging.

Depending on the level of sagging breasts and the amount of breast tissue, the type of the suspension surgery changes.

As in all aesthetic surgeries, minors under 18 years old are not operated, except specific conditions.

 

TREATMENT DETAILS

PREPARATION

HOW TO BE PREPARED FOR THE SURGERY?

As in all breast surgeries, required preoperative radiological assessment of the breasts (ultrasound/mammography) is performed. General preoperative rules such as stopping or arranging the therapies of aspirin and other antiaggregants at least a week before the operation and not taking vitamins (like e-vit), herbal products and not drinking green tea, green coffee and herbal teas and not consuming alcohol 24-48 hours before the operation, and if the individual smokes, quitting 3 weeks before the operation and not smoking in the postoperative remission period are valid for the mastopexy surgery.

 

SURGERY DETAILS

HOW ARE THE PERIOPERATIVE AND POSTOPERATIVE PERIODS OF BREAST LIFTING SURGERY?

On the day of surgery, necessary measurements and drawings are made. The operation takes 2-3 hours under general anesthesia. The duration extends according to the breast size and level of sagging breasts. Drain is inserted during the surgery. The drain is removed within 1-2 days after the surgery. After the surgery, a specific bra-corset is worn. After the 4th week, soft sport bra without underwire is started to be used. A week later the individual can turn back to social life. For 4 weeks, no sport should be done except walking and no heavy things should be lifted; it should be especially avoided from fast and forcing arm movements. At the end of 6th week, sports activities can be done. The recovery period of bruises and swelling in the breast tissue takes 1-3 months to get the desired appearance. Within 6-8 months, the breasts get the final appearance.

Not much pain is expected after the breast lifting surgery. The occurred pain can easily be relieved with painkillers.

 

DO BREASTFEEDING FUNCTION LOSS AND SENSORY LOSS OCCUR AFTER THE SURGERY?

Today's techniques do not harm the breastfeeding function after the surgery. But even if low, there is such a risk.

Postoperative sensory loss can be temporary and rarely permanent, depending on the size and level of sagging breast.

Depending on the used technique, incision scar may be in the area of nipple, in the midline of breast and sometimes in the breast fold area. Mostly the scars become hardly visible within a few years. Nonetheless, wound healing varies from person to person. In very rare cases, excessive wound healing (keloid, hypertrophic scar) may occur.

TREATMENT PLAN

Treatment Plan Details

  • Stay in Turkey : 5 - 7 Days
  • Stay in Hospital : 1 - 2 Days
  • Anesthesia Type : General or Sedation Anesthesia
  • Companion : Not needed. Patient can take care of himself.
  • Surgery Time : 1 - 3 Hours