Breast lift allows the individual to have natural looking and symmetrical breasts, proportionate with the body size. It is also called mastopexy and it is performed by specialist plastic surgeons.
The shape and structure of the breasts are examined and the differences in their appearance is determined, considering the body proportions of the patient. If there is asymmetry in the breasts, it will also be taken into account. Normally, the right and left breast is different from each other in every woman.
To determine the extent of breast sagging, the inframammary fold is taken as the reference line. This line provides a reference to determine how far down the nipple is. Those, who wish to undergo breast lift surgery, should first examine their breasts in front of a mirror. If the nipples have fallen below the inframammary folds, you may need this surgery.
How is breast lift surgery performed?
Breast lift operation requires the patient and the surgeon to select the most appropriate technique to obtain the best results. The nipple and relaxed breasts are reshaped, the nipple is brought to the optimum position, and excess skin is removed. Depending on the extent of breast sagging, a difficult-to-notice scar will be formed in variable shapes (such as in the shape of a crescent over the nipple, a circular one or 4-5 cm straight incision line down the nipple).
If you want your breasts to look fuller, breast lift and augmentation (silicone prosthesis placement) surgery can be performed. If you want smaller breasts, a breast lift and reduction operation can be performed to eliminate sagging. Scar marks will be apparent after the operation, but they will fade away in time.
The healing process after breast lift surgery
The pain after breast lift will not be of high severity. Edema and bruising may occur on the breasts. These effects do not last long. If a breast prosthesis is inserted, pain may occur in the arms for several days. It takes up to 3 days to remove the chest bandaging. After the bandaging, patients will start wearing a sports bra that looks like a crop top.
At least one month after the surgery is needed to engage in arm workouts and swimming. Since absorbable sutures are used to close incision sites, patients do not experience the stress of removing sutures. It takes about 6-12 months for these adverse effects to be resolved, for the sensation impairments in the breasts to be restored, and for the breasts to take their final new shapes after the surgery.