There are many reasons why a woman’s breasts start to sag. Sometimes it’s down to the aging process, when gravity starts to take over. Many times, it’s the side-effects of motherhood and nursing. Even a significant amount of weight loss can do the trick.
Either way, it can be a constant bugbear for image and esteem-conscious women, but it’s something that can be corrected. A mastopexy procedure – otherwise known as a ‘breast lift’ – is designed to restore the size, contour and elevation of the breasts.
What can a breast lift do for your shape?
While a breast lift can’t repair the interior ‘wear and tear’ within the breast, what it can do is reshape the breasts, creating a more firm and youthful-looking contour. Surplus skin is removed, the nipples are re-aligned to accommodate the new shape, and the size can be enhanced or taken down at the same time, should you require it. If you’re unhappy with the size of your areola, they can also be reduced as well.
What does a breast lift procedure involve?
A typical breast lift procedure involves an incision – either around the areola, or around the areola and down to the crease at the bottom of the breast, or around the areola and down to the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease. This is followed by a lifting and reshaping of the breast tissue and repositioning the nipples and areola. In certain cases, enlarged areolas can be reduced, and excess breast skin can be removed. Finally, the incisions are closed up.
You will be able to leave the surgery immediately after a breast lift procedure, although you may be required to wear a thin tube under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid, and you will be advised to wear an elastic bandage or support bra to minimise swelling and offer extra support. You will also be advised on what medication to take to aid healing and avoid the possibility of infection.
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