Breast-feeding, weight loss and ageing can all lead to a sagging of the breasts. A Breast Lift, or Mastopexy, removes loose, excess skin and the remaining skin is tightened, without removing any breast tissue. As a result, the overall shape of the breasts is improved and they are lifted to a new, more upright position.
Excess skin is excised and the breast tissue reshaped to form a more youthful rounded breast. The nipple is moved to a higher, more youthful position, and in addition, a reduction in the diameter of the areola (the pink/brown part of the nipple complex) is usually required. The procedure takes approximately two to three hours.
In some circumstances, a breast augmentation can be performed at the same time as a Breast Uplift. In other circumstances, breasts with a small degree of sagging can be corrected by Breast Augmentation alone. The best approach for you will be discussed in full at your consultation with your consultant plastic surgeon.
During your recovery period you will have several post operative checks to ensure that everything is settling normally and also to answer any questions that you have. Returning to work is usually possible to after a week or two. Full recovery is usually achieved within 6-8 weeks, while strenuous activity should be avoided for 3-4 weeks.
At River Medical post operative care is unlimited and we will ensure that you have all the care, support and advice that you need during your recovery. As with other breast procedures, a sports or specially designed surgical bra should be worn for several weeks after the operation and strenuous exercise avoided initially and gradually recommenced two to three weeks post operatively.
- Improved shape and position of your breasts.
- Improves self-esteem.
- A perkier, more youthful appearance..
Is this right for me?
Breast Uplift is suitable for women whose breasts have been affected by age, pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss, and wish to improve their appearance. Candidates should be in good physical and mental health, and have realistic expectations.
Things to Consider
It is important that you carefully consider any cosmetic surgery procedure. Your consultant will be pleased to answer any questions during your consultation and leading up to the procedure. During you consultation your consultant will listen to your expectation of breast reduction surgery and from there you and he will discuss what result is possible for you. This will ensure that you have realistic view of the surgery and therefore know what to expect post operatively.
What are the risks?
As with all surgery there are some risks to consider. When your surgeon has looked through your medical history he will explain all risks that are relevant to you. It is important to understand all aspects of the surgery before proceeding, this ensures that you are considering surgery and agreeing to it with full and informed consent.
Questions to ask your doctor
- What scarring will occur and how long will it take to heal?
- Are there any before & after photos available?
- Would he/she recommend a breast augmentation?
- Are you on the specialist register?
- Do you live in Ireland?
- How many of these procedures have you done and how often to you do them?
- What kind of aftercare can I expect?
- Where do I have my operation?
Preparing for the Procedure
At River Medical, you have your initial consultation with your consultant, from there (on the same day) you will also meet with one of our qualified nurses to ensure that all of your questions have been answered. You also have a second appointment before your operation where you come into the clinic and have another consultation with your nurse. Also if you wish you can see your consultant again at this point this is not a problem.
Because of this comprehensive preparation of our patients they do feel prepared as we give lots of information and tips along the way, patients say that trough meeting with us several times it has reduced any anxiety associated with the surgery greatly. It is a good idea to have your house clean and well-stocked with food so that there will be a minimum of tasks when you return. The most important preparation is mental however, be sure to go over all your worries and expectations with your consultant and / or nurse.