Sometimes women after pregnancy, breastfeeding or simply with natural aging are faced with sagging breasts which are losing their shape and firmness.
Breasts can also decrease in size because of sudden weight loss. Although sometimes there are natural means of prevention, in most of the time those effects are simply not enough. The change of the appearance of your breasts usually has a negative influence on women’s confidence.
Breast lift or mastopexy may be the right solution for those women. But, before you decide to take such a step, you should be well-informed about the very procedure and its outcome.
What Exactly is a Mastopexy?
Breast lift is a procedure that reshapes and lifts the breast without reducing or decreasing their size. It’s basically returning your breasts to their natural glory.
This is done by rearranging the tissue, shifting the position of nipples and tightening of the skin. All of these steps lead to improving breasts’ firmness. It is also possible to reduce the size of darker skin around the nipples – areola. The mastopexy, as we mentioned won’t increase the size of your breasts, unless you ask for your doctor to insert breast implants during the procedure.
Is Breast Lift For You?
A good candidate for this procedure must be older than 18 years and shouldn’t have any major medical problem. You are an appropriate mastopexy candidate if you are not planning on breastfeeding and if your nipples and areolas are pointing down.
The easiest way of determining if you need a breast lift, is to put a pen in the crease underneath your breast, if the sagging tissue holds it in the same place without assistance of your hands, you could probably benefit from a breast lift. It is also important that you are emotionally stable and know what to expect.
Today, this topic is still a taboo, but there is nothing wrong with wanting to return your breast to the youthful look you once had, as long as you leave that job to professionals.
How Does the Procedure Look Like?
Average duration of mastopexy is not more than three hours, though sometimes it can take longer, if you’ve asked for breast implants too.
A patient is given general anesthesia and then the surgeon, based on the degree of sagging, the amount of excess skin and size of the breasts determines some of the typically used incision patterns. After the incision, the breast tissue is lifted and reshaped, and the nipple and areola are moved to their natural position and the skin is tightened.
Is the Recovery Process Long?
The recovery process usually takes up to several weeks and sometimes even longer. As for the effects of anesthesia, a patient might feel tired, disoriented or groggy for no more than two days. Most patients experience soreness, swelling, bruising, tenderness, itching around the treated area, and also nipple sensitivity. These side-effects should decrease over the next few weeks, and for any usage of pain control, the patient should consult a doctor first.
What Results Should You Expect?
The main results of this procedure are visible immediately. The post-surgical swelling and incision lines will resolve/fade. The final results will be noticeable few months after the procedure, when the shape and position of your breasts will settle.
Though the results of mastopexy are long-lasting, with time, your breast will continue to age and succumb to gravitation. But retaining your new youthful-looking breast can be up to you, to a point. Maintaining your weight and keeping a healthy lifestyle can help you with that.
Anyway, if you consider yourself an ideal candidate, don’t pay attention to taboos and prejudices, the most important is that you are satisfied and happy with your look.