Breast Uplift (Mastopexy)
A breast uplift (mastopexy) is a surgical procedure to lift and reshape breast which have drooped. Pregnancy, breast feeding, weight loss and ageing can cause the breast to droop. The operation involves removing excess breast skin draping of the breast tissue in order to re-shape the breast and elevation of the nipples.
Usually a mastopexy is carried out in conjunction with breast augmentation where a breast implant is inserted in order to enhance the shape and firmness of the breast. The surgical technique of the breast uplift will depend on the type of breast you have. The surgeon will after an examination decide which technique will achieve the best desired outcome.
- The procedure entails removing a portion of skin and breast tissue from the breast and then stitching it closed underneath the breast. The nipples will often have to be relocated as the breast shape will change during the surgery.
- A mastopexy if small can be offered as a day case procedure under local anaesthetic with sedation. In most cases however, larger uplifts are needed which required a general anaesthetic.
- Normal activity can be resumed in 2 weeks. You will be advised to wear a sports bra for a minimum of 4 weeks. You are advised to avoid exercise and heavy lifting for 4 weeks.
- A breast uplift may cause some discomfort requiring you to take regular analgesia. You are also advised not to drive until you feel comfortable and able to perform an emergency stop and avoid heavy lifting for at least one week. The majority of patients are able to go back to work within 10-14 days post-operatively.
- General complications include blood clot formation, wound infection, seroma and hypertrophic scars. Other complications include skin/fat/nipple necrosis, altered sensation of the skin/nipple (usually settles within a few months) and breast asymmetry.