A breast lift improves breast shape. For a breast lift, the surgeon removes surplus skin and remodifies breast tissue to lift the patient’s breasts. Women consider breast lift surgery for sagging deflated breasts following pregnancy or weight loss. A breast lift will not enlarge breast size, but rather, enhances the appearance of the breast by lifting and reshaping them.
Breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy, removes excess breast skin that has been stretched during pregnancy or weight fluctuations. The breast tissue is remodelled and repositioned to improve the overall breast shape and position on the chest wall. Breast implants may also be used in conjunction with this procedure to achieve the desired result- this is called Breast Augmentation Mastopexy.
A breast lift takes approximately two to three hours.
General anaesthesia is administered, and the patient is completely asleep. The procedure can also be performed under intravenous sedation and local anaesthesia.
Either is possible depending on the patient’s medical condition and the preference of the surgeon.
Possible side effects may include temporary bruising, swelling, some mild discomfort, numbness, and dry/tender breast skin.
Unfavourable scarring with keloid formations is possible. In addition to skin loss, infection, unevenly positioned nipples (asymmetry), and the possibility of permanent loss of feeling in the nipples and/or the breasts.
The patient can return to work within one week or more and may resume strenuous activities after one month. The fading of scars may take several months to one year.
The outcome varies from patient to patient. Other factors that may influence results and may cause new sagging are:
Results may last longer or be enhanced when breast implants are inserted as part of the procedure, adding support to the newly positioned breast tissue, however, overly large implants influenced by gravity, may reduce the longevity of the result.
After a breast lift, the patient will notice a dramatic change in the appearance of her breasts. Generally, a breast lift produces firm, plump and lifted breasts.
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The Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons of Southern Africa was formed in 1956. It currently has over 169 members from all around South Africa. All our members are fully qualified Plastic surgeons that have been approved for APRASSA membership and will endeavour to provide you with excellent care throughout your plastic surgery journey.