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Mastopexy is an operation that aims to lift your breast and nipple higher than they are sitting currently. Breast lift is an operation which may be performed alone or together with breast augmentation.

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Is this surgery right for me?

Most women who are interested in this operation have had normal or heavy breasts which have deflated in volume, possibly after childbirth, and are saggy or ptotic. Their breasts may not fill their bra cup, or may fill them in a bra but be quite different out of a bra. Women considering this procedure are often looking to reposition their breasts (to lift them), and may be looking to restore cleavage or fullness at the top of the breasts.

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What does the procedure
journey look like?

To begin your journey at Tailored Plastic Surgery, you will typically have an initial consultation to discuss your goals and see how we can help you. After a second consultation and a cooling-off period of one week, if you wish to proceed, we will schedule the surgery on a date that suits you. We will discuss the steps you need to take in the lead-up to your surgery, and also on the day of your procedure.

Most people feel the difference in their breast volume immediately after their operation, and have little pain. The night after your procedure and the day after you may experience some discomfort in the breasts. You will be wearing a post-operative surgical bra and have instructions for medications to take at home, and exercises to perform. You should be able to go home that same day. You should be able to return to work within two weeks depending on what your regular occupation is. We advise against strenuous physical activity and exercise within the first six weeks.

Four phases of plastic surgery journey. Phase 1: 1 hour consultation to discuss goals. Phase 2: Book and prepare for your surgery. Phase 3: 1 day, the procedure. Phase 4: 6-8 weeks post surgery, the recovery.

Procedure Risks

Mastopexy, commonly referred to as a breast lift, is a procedure that lifts and reshapes sagging breasts. In addition to general surgery risks, risks associated with mastopexy may include:

Capsular Contracture:

The formation of a thick scar tissue capsule around the breast implant, leading to breast deformity, pain, and asymmetry.

Breast Implant Malrotation or Malposition:

The rotation or migration of the implant from its original position, resulting in breast deformity and unevenness.

Loss of Sensation:

Nerve injury during surgery can result in temporary or permanent loss of sensation in the nipple or a patch of breast skin.

Inability to Breastfeed:

Damage to the milk ducts during breast surgery may affect the ability to breastfeed. It is important to discuss this risk with your surgeon and consider the best procedure option for your individual situation.

Risk of BIA-ALCL:

Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is an extremely rare type of cancer that arises from immune cells around the implant. It is primarily associated with textured implants. Treatment typically involves implant removal and sometimes en-bloc capsulectomy.

Additional Risks:

These may include the risk of BII (Breast implant illness)

Still unsure? Here are some FAQs..

What scars are there with a mastopexy breast lift?

There are different ways to do a mastopexy (breast lift), using incisions around your nipple areolar complex (periareolar mastopexy), a lollipop incision (vertical scar mastopexy), or an inverted-T or anchor incision (Wise pattern mastopexy). There are advantages and disadvantages for each of these, and at Tailored Plastic Surgery we are happy to explain these to you and what best suits you.

Can I have this operation as well as a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)?

There are women who would like both an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and a mastopexy (breast lift) at the same time. This is not uncommon for women who have finished having their children, and feel that their breasts might be deflated or saggy, and they have loose or excess abdominal skin. The two operations can be performed at the same time, or can be performed in two stages. The team at Tailored Plastic Surgery is happy to explain this to you and what best suits you.

Can I have this operation as well as a breast implant?

There are times where a lift alone is not enough to restore your breast shape, and in these cases it may be best to combine the operation with a breast augmentation. Depending on your individual circumstances, this may be performed together with breast implants, or repositioning your existing breast tissue. Some people prefer to do the operation in two stages, and others prefer to have both operations at the same time. At Tailored Plastic Surgery, we are happy to explain this to you and what best suits you.