Breast lift: Mastopexy


Breast lift: Mastopexy

Known as mastopexy. As time goes by and factors such as the loss of weight, pregnancy, lactation or gravity cause the loss of shape and firmness, which leads to drooping breasts, also known as mammary ptosis. This surgery can be done with or without breast implants. Opting for one technique or the other will depend on the shape of the breasts and the expectations of the patient. If the breasts have lost volume, it will be advisable to use prosthesis to lift the breasts and give them a more consistent shape. This does not only involve a breast lift but also improves the shape. In terms of the amount of remaining skin, the scar can be a line surrounding the areola, a vertical line or an inverted T. In the first consultation, Dr. Javier Collado will evaluate which technique best suits your needs.

Preguntas Frecuentes

Am I a good candidate for a breast lift?

Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, lactation and the force of gravity make a woman’s chest fall. As the skin loses elasticity, the breast tends to lose its shape and firmness and begins to lower itself. A breast lift or mastopexy is the surgical process for lifting and remodelling fallen breasts, at least for a while (no surgery can permanently combat the effects of gravity). Mastopexy also reduces the size of the areola, the dark skin surrounding the nipple. If your breasts are small or they have lost volume, for example after pregnancy, the implantation of breast prosthesis along with mastopexy could provide them with volume, in addition to lifting the breasts.

Is it a safe intervention?

Mastopexy is not an easy surgery but it is normally very safe when it is conducted by a qualified surgeon. However, as with every surgery, there is the possibility of a complication or a reaction to the anaesthesia. An infection or a haemorrhage after surgery is not common. Depending on the how each person heals, widened scars can occur. Many of these risks can be reduced if all the directions given to you by your doctor are followed.

Mastopexy can leave visible and permanent scars, although they will be hidden below a bra or a swimsuit. A poor recovery and bigger scars are more common in patients who are smokers. A discreet loss of sensitivity in the nipples and/or breasts may occur.

What does the intervention involve?

Mastopexy is a surgery that lasts between two and a half hours and three and a half hours. The techniques are varied but most of these are usually done with an incision in the shape of an anchor following the natural contour of the breast.

The incision profiles the area where the remaining skin will be removed and defines the new location of the nipple and the areola situating them in a more heightened way… The skin that surrounds the areola is removed, thus remodelling the shape of the breast. The stitches are normally done around the areola, in a vertical line that goes from the areola to the base of the breast and follows this base.
Patients with a relatively small chest that falls minimally may be candidates for other similar procedures and may require less extensive incisions.

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Observaciones del doctor

- Planning the intervention

In the initial interview, it is important to frankly inform Dr. Collado of what your expectations are and to listen carefully to his opinion. Each patient, and each surgeon as well, has a different opinion on what the ideal size and shape is for the breast.

Dr. Collado will examine your breast and he will mention the variables which may influence the surgery and its results, such as age, the size and shape of your breasts and the type of skin, as well as if it is advisable to use an implant (for more information about breast implants, refer to the intervention for breast augmentation). Also mention where and how the areola and nipple will be positioned, consider that they will be heightened with the surgery and will be, approximately, at the same level in the new breast position.

Dr. Collado will explain the procedure in detail, as well as its risks and limitations, making sure that you understand what he explains to you and the scar that occurs as a result of the intervention.

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