Breast lift is an aesthetic procedure that makes the breasts appear raised, known as mastopexy in the medical language. As time progresses or as a result of certain events, changes occur in the shape of our body. The breast may become singular over time, and may have an aesthetically bad appearance after giving birth or in case of excessive weight gain or frequent weight gain.
With today’s advancing technology, there is a huge increase in the patient population for breast lift. Breast lift operation, which is very popular, continues to perform very successful surgeries in our country.
Why Do Breasts Sagging?
Factors such as sagging, softening or deformation, shrinkage are among the issues that women seek solutions the most and can be caused by many reasons. Since there is no muscle in the breast tissue, it may soften over time. This tissue contains oil and milk glands. As time passes, it begins to lose its old appearance due to reasons such as gravity, old age, frequent weight gain, postpartum, breastfeeding or using the wrong bra.
As a result of these factors, the fresh appearance disappears over time, it becomes hollow or the skin becomes tight and sagging occurs as a result. Breasts also change with the effect of gravity and age. Especially for women with large breasts, the sagging process occurs at an early age. The skin loses its elasticity and as a result, breast lift operation is felt as a necessity.
How is Breast Lift Operation Decided?
Patients who decide to have a breast lift operation are first examined outpatient. By observing the breast tissue, the position of the nipple and the amount of the mammary glands are checked and measured. Expectations from the patient as a result of this surgery are evaluated by listening. If the amount of sagging is low and the mammary glands are sufficient, the silicone breast prosthesis placed under the mammary gland can achieve an upright and fuller position.
If the amount of sagging is high and the mammary glands are sufficient, recovery is achieved by the methods used in breast reduction techniques. If the amount of sagging is high and there is insufficiency in the mammary glands, recovery is performed under the breast tissue, as in both silicone breast prosthesis and breast reduction techniques. It would be a more logical approach to decide on the size of the silicone breast prosthesis placed under the breast tissue by seeing the tissue at the time of surgery.
How is Breast Lift Surgery Performed?
If the nipple coincides with the upper part of the fold line of the breast, there is no aesthetic problem. However, if the breast remains at the same level as this line, it indicates that the sign of sagging has started. If the breast is below this line and the nipples are completely turned downwards, surgery is recommended.
All types of breast lift surgery are performed under general anesthesia. The duration of the operation, on the other hand, varies between 2 and 5 hours, although it takes an uneventful course and varies according to the technique. If the signs of sagging are mild, surgery is performed using a silicone prosthesis under the breast. If a high amount of sagging is evident and at the same time, the amount of mammary gland is sufficient, the breast reduction technique is used. In breast reduction technique, it is aimed to provide an upright and fuller appearance by removing the excess skin. However, if the mammary gland is insufficient and the sagging is excessively pronounced, these two methods are used together. best-breast-surgery
Does Breast Lift Surgery Leave Scars?
Breast lift operation is among the procedures that can give very good results compared to most surgeries. Reshaping the breast, removing sagging or enlarging or reducing the breast provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance, but are also very beneficial in terms of health. There may also be traces left behind by these processes.
Regardless of the techniques used, it leaves a scar around the way the nipple meets the skin and towards the lower part of the breast. These scars may extend towards the under-breast fold line. The greater the sagging of the breast, the greater the prominence of the scar. Thanks to the developing new techniques, some traces remain.
How Is The Recovery Process After Breast Lift Surgery?
Breast lift operation performed under general anesthesia takes between 2 and 5 hours. Depending on the patient’s constitution, hospitalization is usually between 1 and 3 days. Afterwards, the patient is discharged to be checked out. As in every operation, pain complaints in the form of minor aches appear in this operation.
Apart from these complaints, a problem-free process is usually experienced. If a drain was applied as a result of the operation, the drains can be removed every 24 or 48 hours. The sutures made as a result of the surgery are removed between 7 and 12 days. Tension and edema may occur within 2-3 weeks after the operation. Depending on the sensitivity of the patient, temporary bruising may occur. As in all surgeries, some risks and complications may occur in this operation.
What Should Be Considered Before Breast Lift Surgery?
Before the operation, it is necessary to consult with the chosen plastic surgeon and perform a chest examination. Metabolism control or full-capacity evaluation of the breast with breast USG and mammography for women over 40 is a necessary element for performing the operation. If there is smoking before the operation, it is considered appropriate to quit. Smoking cessation reduces the risk of complications and lays the groundwork for an uneventful recovery.
Some drugs need to be stopped before surgery. These include medications such as aspirin and anti-inflammatories, herbal remedies or herbal supplements. Existing co-morbidities, allergies, and currently used medications should be reported to the doctor as missing.
What are the Risks and Complications that May Occur After Breast Lift Surgery?
As with any surgery, bleeding and infection are the most common complications that can be encountered after this surgery. Serious bleeding is usually not expected in surgeries such as this type of breast lift operation. If this bleeding occurs, it is seen as a hematoma on the edge of the nipple in the form of blood accumulation. An extra intervention is required to clear this hematoma. As a result of this intervention, the blood pool is cleaned and the bleeding is stopped. Swelling on the 5th day after the operation may be a sign of infection.
Antibiotic treatment is started as a solution to this infection. Skin loss, another complication, is among the rare complications. Skin loss is more common in patients who smoke. The skin becomes hard by turning black and needs constant dressing. Asymmetry appearance, one of the aesthetic problems that can be seen after the surgery, creates a problem. In severe and significant asymmetries, a new surgery is required for re-correction.