What does a mastopexy involve?
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anaesthetic (meaning you will be asleep). There are several ways to perform a mastopexy, and Mr Wilson will explain the best option for your breasts. Typically, a cut is made around the areola, and vertically down to the breast crease. Occasionally, a horizontal cut is also made in the breast crease itself. Some of the skin is then removed from underneath the breast, the breast is reshaped into a tighter shape, and the nipples are moved to a higher level. If required, the size of the areola can also be reduced.
A breast lift operation takes about two hours to perform. You may have drains (small plastic tubes) placed during surgery to remove blood from the wound; these are typically taken out on the ward before you leave hospital the next day.
Recovery from breast lift surgery
Following a mastopexy, you must take it easy and rest to allow the body to recover as quickly as possible. Initially, your breasts will be supported by a dressing until it is removed at a follow-up appointment, typically one week after surgery. After this, you will need to wear a soft bra with no under-wiring to support your healing breasts after surgery for up to 6 weeks.
You will be encouraged to stay mobile after breast uplift surgery. It is, however, advised to take the first two weeks off work and to avoid strenuous exercise for a period of six weeks. It is also advised to not drive for two weeks and to speak with your insurance provider in order to avoid invalidating your policy by driving too soon after surgery.
Are there risks of breast uplift surgery?
Complications with breast uplift surgery are rare, but as with all cosmetic procedures, there are potential risks that you should be aware of.
Even if drainage tubes have been used during surgery, it is still possible that some fluid can remain. This usually is obvious within a day of surgery, and if significant, you may need to have this removed under general anaesthetic. There is also a small risk of infection after surgery until the wounds have healed.
“The nipple, areola and surrounding skin can either become more, or less sensitive after uplift surgery. This will usually be a temporary effect but in some rare cases, permanent changes in sensation can occur.
There is also a chance that the breasts may not be exactly symmetrical following the procedure, especially if there was any difference in size and shape beforehand. This is not uncommon but perfectly natural. Mr Wilson will talk you through any concerns related to your breast surgery and what outcome you should expect. Mr Wilson always aims to put your mind at ease; supporting patients before and after their cosmetic procedures is always our top priority.
Breast uplift scars
It is not possible to perform a breast lift operation without leaving some scarring. Usually, these are narrow, start off red, but fade over a few months.
Breast uplift prices?
The cost of a breast uplift will vary depending on your specific requirements.
These are guide prices for uplift surgery with Mr Wilson in Bristol, Bath, Gloucester and Newport. A bespoke quote will be provided after your consultation.
At Nuffield Bristol Hospital
At BMI Bath Clinic
At Winfield Hospital (Gloucester)
At St Josephs Newport
There are finance options available which you can find information about on the Spire, Nuffield, Circle Health Group and Winfield hospital websites respectively.
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