Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
What is a mastopexy?
A mastopexy is a procedure that helps correct the drooping of the breast. Droopiness or ptosis as it is called, is a result of several factors. It may be congenital, a result of pregnancy and breast- feeding, massive weight loss, or simply maturity.
How long does it take?
It depends on which technique is used. The technique used will be determined by the degree of ptosis you have and other anatomic considerations. Your surgeon should determine the best technique for each individual.
What type of anesthesia will I receive?
Mastopexy is done with general anesthesia.
Can mastopexy and breast augmentation be done at the same time?
Most well trained plastic surgeons feel very comfortable performing both procedures together. There are situations where it may be safer or more beneficial to split up the procedures. This should be discussed with your surgeon during your consultations.
When can I go back to work? Exercise?
Most non-physical jobs can be resumed by 5-7 days. All restrictions will be lifted at four weeks.
When can I shower?
You can shower after 72 hours.
Will there be scars and where will they be?
Yes there will be scars. The extent and location of the scars will be determined by the technique employed. As a general rule, the more ptotic the breast the more lift that will be needed, hence the longer the scar.
What are some of the potential complications of mastopexy?
Below is a list that is by no means exhaustive, of some of the potential complications of mastopexy:
- Bleeding: if it is minor it may be treated conservatively. If it is major it may require more surgery or even transfusion
- Infection: infections can usually be treated with oral antibiotics. If oral antibiotics fail to control the infection, you may need to be hospitalized and receive IV antibiotics.
- Poor Scarring: scars are permanent. Sometimes if they are not optimal they can be improved. Occasionally they can’t.
- Asymmetry: there will always be some asymmetry. Major asymmetry will be improved. Minor asymmetry will persist.
- Loss of sensation: there is always the possibility of some change of sensation after any operative procedure.
- Loss of the nipple: this rare complication. But anytime the nipple is moved there is always a small chance of loss.
Does smoking have any effect on the procedure?
Absolutely. Smokers have a much higher incidence of all of the potential complications. A lot of surgeons, myself included, will not perform a mastopexy on smokers.