Nowadays, Breast Lifting Surgery or Mastopexy has become very popular among women who experience problems with their breasts due to various reasons such as loss of elasticity, sagging due to age, gravity, pregnancy, or even genetics. These factors can affect the shape and firmness of the breasts. Breast lift surgery can lift, reshape, and tighten the breasts, and can also improve asymmetry and other imperfections. Women who are generally satisfied with the size of their breasts can have a breast lift or breast tightening to raise and tighten them, resulting in a more beautiful breast contour.
Breast lift surgery can also be combined with breast augmentation or reduction, depending on the patient’s individual needs. For example, if a patient has large areolas, the surgeon may reduce their size by eliminating some of the areolar tissue to balance the size of the areola with the breast. Alternatively, if the patient does not want large breasts, the size can be reduced. Results are noticeable immediately, but because every case is different, it is best to consult SLC Hospital’s doctor to get the best results.
The causes of prolapsed breasts are as follows
- Muscle and skin elasticity decrease with age, leading to changes in breast shape.
- Deterioration of skin and muscle tissues can cause sagging breasts.
- Gaining weight can increase breast size and cause sagging due to excess fat accumulation.
- Rapid weight loss can result in sagging breasts due to the loss of fat tissue.
- During pregnancy and lactation, mammary glands produce milk, leading to breast enlargement and subsequent deflation and sagging after nursing.
- Women with large breasts due to genetics may have a higher chance of sagging breasts.
- Engaging in aggressive activities without adequate support has can contribute to breast sagging.
Breast lifting is suitable for
1. People with sagging or non-firm breasts.
2. Individuals whose nipples or areola are in a lower position than normal.
3. Mothers whose breasts have changed due to breastfeeding.
4. Individuals who have undergone previous breast surgery and are not satisfied with the results.
5. Healthy individuals who do not have problems with healing.
Things to know before breast lift surgery
Before undergoing breast lift surgery, it is important for patients to provide their doctors with information about their overall health and appearance, as these factors can impact the surgery’s success. To ensure the best results, patients should:
- Cleary articulate their expectations for the surgery.
- Disclosure of health and medical history, treatment of current diseases, taking vitamins, Herbal Supplements, alcohol, smoking.
- Disclose their family history of breast cancer and the results of any breast check-ups.
- Strictly follow the doctor’s instructions before the surgery.
Assessment before Breast lift surgery
Breast lift surgery is an individual problem with different techniques and styles and it is based on the doctor’s assessment as follows:
1. The size and shape of the breasts
2. Size and position of the areola
3. The degree of sagging of the breasts
4. The skin condition and skin elasticity including the excess amount of skin in the chest area
Techniques for breast lift surgery as follows
1. Anchor lifting
In cases where breasts are highly sagging with nipples positioned below the edge of the breast, a vertical technique may not be enough. The anchor lifting technique involves a horizontal incision to reshape the breast and reposition the nipples, along with breast augmentation surgery to remove excess skin, tighten the breast skin, and improve overall appearance.
2. Vertical incision (lollipop)
This technique is used for very sagging breasts with nipples positioned below the edge of the breast. The lifting surgery adjusts the nipples to a higher position, removes excess skin, and reshapes the entire breast with a modest, easily hidden scar that resembles a lollipop shape. The incision is made in the inframammary fold, which is a good point of this technique.
3. Donut Technique
This technique is used for breasts with low to moderate sagging. It involves removing the skin around the areola in a donut shape and suturing the skin back together. A pleated mark may be visible around the areola for 2-3 months after the surgery.
4. Crescent technique
This technique is used for correcting a small amount of sagging. The incision is made in a crescent shape, allowing for adjustment of the nipples and areola upward by up to 1-2 cm and 2-3 cm, respectively. This technique helps lift the breast tissue and reshape the breast to restore firmness and a more youthful, natural appearance. If the areola area is slightly large, excess skin may need to be removed to balance breast symmetry.
Surgical incisions are usually made in positions that can be hidden by clothing. Non-absorbable sutures are used to suture deeper tissues for support, while absorbable sutures are used for the skin top layer to cover the wound. The method of breast lifting surgery is assessed and chosen by the surgeon based on the patient’s skin evaluation and individual needs. This may involve an incision around the areola or along the edge of the breast.
After excess skin is removed, the breast adjusts shape and restores firmness. The remaining skin is pulled tight and the surgical incision is sutured closed. While some surgical incisions may appear or even be permanent, they gradually fade over time.
Breast lifting Secret Lock™ New Technique at SLC Hospital
SLC Hospital is proud to introduce our new technique, Secret Lock™, for breast lifting using surgical mesh or Titanium Mesh. Originally developed for breast cancer patients undergoing breast reconstruction surgery, this technique can also address issues such as breast sagging, separated or asymmetrical breasts, and silicone implants that have shifted after breast augmentation surgery. With the Signature Mesh, the muscles and thoracic walls are supported, ensuring that the silicone implants remain in the right position, and the skin in the breast area becomes thicker, effectively slowing down breast sagging. Our expert surgeons at SLC Hospital will lift your breasts to achieve optimal results, ensuring better lifting performance that is maintained over time.
Prominent features of breast lifting at SLC Hospital include
1. The use of advanced technologies that can be tailored to address various levels of breast sagging.
2. Highly skilled and experienced surgeons who specialize in breast lifting procedures.
3. A boutique hospital setting that provides personalized care and attention to each patient.
4. An anesthesiologist who administers anesthesia and closely monitors the patient throughout the surgery.
5. State-of-art operating and nursing rooms equipped with modern tools that meet international standards for safety and quality.
6. Achieving natural-looking results that enhance the patient’s overall body proportions.
7. Increased self-confidence for patients who undergo the breast lifting procedure.
Anesthesiologists at SLC Hospital
The anesthesiologists at SLC Hospital are specialists in anesthesia and play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of our patients during surgery. Unlike doctors or nurses, anesthesiologists are specifically trained to monitor and administer anesthesia, which is necessary to keep patients comfortable and pain-free during surgery. They carefully monitor vital signs and adjust anesthesia levels as needed to ensure that the patient remains stable throughout the procedure. At SLC Hospital, we take the safety and comfort of our patients very seriously, and our anesthesiologists are an essential part of our surgical team.
Preparing for Breast Lift Surgery
1. Inform your doctor about your medical history, previous surgeries, medication allergies, and any medications or supplements you are taking.
2. Avoid blood thinners, steroid drugs, painkillers, anti-muscular drugs, vitamins, and supplements for at least two weeks before surgery. If you are taking medications for underlying conditions, consult with your doctor.
3. Refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol for at least two weeks before and at least one week after surgery to reduce the risk of infection. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood, which can slow down healing.
4. If you are undergoing breast lift surgery with Titanium Mesh, an anesthesiologist will administer anesthesia. You must refrain from eating and drinking water for at least eight hours before the surgery.
5. If you have a fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, diarrhea, phlegm, infection wounds, or are menstruating, please inform the staff at least one to three days before the surgery date.
6. Prepare yourself mentally by avoiding excitement and anxiety. Keep in mind that there will be swelling after surgery, and it will take time for wounds to heal or for you to adjust to your new appearance.
Preparation for the day of surgery
1. Take a shower and wash your hair properly on the day of surgery. Refrain from wearing contact lenses, makeup, nail polish, lotions, perfume, or jewelry. Please leave your valuables at home.
2. Wear loose clothing with front zippers or button and avoid wearing tight pants.
3. Do not drive alone. You must be accompanied by a guardian, friend, or relative on the day of the operation.
4. You should arrive at least 1 hour before the surgery.
Recover after surgery
1. You may experience pain, swelling, soreness, and bruising around the incision for the 1-2 weeks. These symptoms will gradually improve.
2. If the wound is covered by bandages, it should not be wet for at least 3-5 days after surgery. Waterproof bandages can be showered normally. If the bandage becomes loose or seeps, it should be replaced or cleaned and replaced at the hospital. Use a clean towel to dry the area if it becomes wet.
3. After breast lift surgery, you may experience side effects from anesthesia, such as vomiting, nausea, or a sore throat. These symptoms may last for the 1-3 days after surgery, depending on the individual.
4. Avoid heavy lifting or activities that require upper body movement for about 3-4 weeks after surgery.
5. Refrain from postoperative exercise for at least 4 weeks after surgery.
6. Wear a wireless bra (sports bra or elastic support bra) day and night after 2-4 weeks of surgery. Framed bras can be worn after 4-6 weeks or as directed by the surgeon.
7. Sleep on your back for 3-4 weeks after surgery. Avoid lying on your side or stomach to prevent compression and deformation of your breasts.
8. Refrain from alcohol and smoking for at least 1-2 weeks after surgery. The substances contained in cigarettes can reduce oxygen in the blood, slow healing, and increase the risk of infection.
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