A breast uplift, also known as a mastopexy, is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure to lift and reshape breasts that hang low on the chest, producing firmer, perter, more youthful-looking breasts.
Breasts can naturally sag over time as a result of gravity, but this can be further compounded by weight changes, pregnancy and breastfeeding. The degree of sagging, or ptosis, varies from the breasts sagging slightly over the inframammary fold to most of the breast hanging below the crease under the breast and the nipples pointing downwards.
A breast lift is a surgical procedure to lift the breasts to a higher position on the chest wall, repositioning the nipples. Sometimes, there is a sagging of the breast tissues combined with a loss of volume in the upper part of the chest and Mr Juling Ong may recommend a breast lift combined with implants to restore volume.
A breast uplift is the ideal procedure for women that are feel their breasts have drooped as they have got older or as a result of pregnancy and breastfeeding. Another common reason is dramatic weight loss which results in the skin being stretched, often coupled with loss of volume, so the breasts look empty. Mr Juling Ong may recommend a mastopexy with either breast implants or fat transfer.
There are a number of different techniques that can be employed depending on the results you’re hoping to achieve and your skin quality, breast volume and the position of the nipple on the breast.
One approach is a lollipop mastopexy which entails a circular incision made around the nipple and a vertical scar from the bottom of the nipple to the base of the breast. A wise pattern or inverted T mastopexy where a further incision is made along the crease of the breast may be required if the nipple has to be raised or a great deal of excess skin to be excised.
During a breast uplift, Mr Ong will typically perform a slight ‘over-correction’ as the breasts will drop into a more natural position once swelling subsides.
Patients typically take two weeks off work to recover after a breast uplift. Although it’s important to rest in the first 48 hours after surgery, Mr Ong will advise you to gradually increase your activity levels as it helps to promote recovery. More strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided for four to six weeks after your surgery. Mr Juling Ong will provide comprehensive advice on your recovery process and you will have a series of follow-up appointments.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will the results of my breast uplift last?
The results of your breast uplift should be long-lasting if you maintain your ideal body weight, although the breasts can still be affected by the ageing process and gravity. If you undergo a mastopexy with breast implants you will likely require surgery in the future to replace the implants.
What are the risks of a breast uplift?
Possible complications of a breast uplift include bleeding, infection, poor wound healing resulting in noticeable scarring and possible loss of sensation in the breast and nipple. There may be some noticeable asymmetry after surgery. There are also a number of risks specific to breast implants if you’re having an augmentation mastopexy. These will be discussed in full during your consultation.
Can I breastfeed after a mastopexy?
During a breast lift, the milk-producing glands and ducts are left intact when the nipples are repositioned and therefore you should be able to breastfeed after surgery.