Highlight your figure and elegance with a mastopexy procedure, which lifts saggy breasts. Since every woman has a different body type as well as different expectations for her body, at Geoplasty Plastic Surgery we will help you decide what suits you best.
What a breast lift is
A breast lift or mastopexy is a surgical procedure for lifting saggy breasts. A range of factors may lead to saggy breasts, such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, ageing, weight loss, gravitational pull, heredity and changes in your general physical condition.
A breast lift improves the contour of the upper body and the shape of the breast. The difference between breast lift and breast reduction is that in breast lift only excess skin is removed, while the remaining mammary gland is reshaped.
The objective is not to reduce the breast in size, but to reposition the existing breast to its proper position. For this reason, in very saggy breasts that need a lift, you may have breast augmentation with silicone implants performed at the same time as the lift (augmentation/mastopexy).
Good candidates for a breast lift are women whose:
- Breasts have suffered laxity.
- Breasts have lost their volume, especially on the upper part (upper pole).
- Nipple-areolar complex sags below the inframammary fold.
- Breasts have a combination of the above.
Women 18 years and over are eligible for breast lift surgery. Typically, patients should wait 8-12 months after breastfeeding.
How a breast lift is performed
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, apart from a few simpler cases, where local and twilight anaesthesia may be used.
Before the procedure, a detailed medical history is obtained, and preoperative check-up and imaging tests of the breast are performed.
The goal of this procedure is to relocate the breast tissue in such a way that it lifts and places the nipples in a new position.
Two incisions are made, one around the nipple, so that it is repositioned in the right place, and a vertical incision to restore firmness (lollipop mastopexy).
With these incisions, the surgeon accesses the underlying tissue, so that the saggy breast tissue may be used as a natural implant (autologous reconstruction) to restore volume in the upper pole of the breast where the problem arises, as well as shape and firm the skin. The areola may also be reduced in size.
If breast augmentation is included in the procedure, Dr Georgopoulos, uses supplementary silicone implants with a special technique to give the appropriate volume to the breasts.
The placement of the implant alone may lift the breast without requiring nipple repositioning, while limiting scarring. In other cases, additional fat transfer to the breast is necessary for a more natural result.
The complexity as well as the duration of surgery differ in each case and depend on the technique or techniques which will eventually be selected.
Once the procedure is completed, the incisions are closed with special sutures to minimise scarring.