What is Mastopexy?

Tuesday, 19 Oct 2010 10:21 AM

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Mastopexy is a surgical procedure by which loose and sagging breasts are lifted. Breast mastopexy involves many different procedures that can change or modify the breast’s shape, reposition the nipple, or even reduce breast size. As a result, numerous procedures can be combined with mastopexy to achieve desired results. Patients can opt for breast mastopexy augmentation for increasing the breast size, breast mastopexy reduction, or can even undergo breast implant surgeries. If you want to undergo this elective surgery, here are a few details you should know.
 
Preparing for breast mastopexy
Contact a qualified cosmetic surgeon who can evaluate your case properly. The physician will advise complete lab tests, medical and physical checkups, and a baseline mammogram to help plan the course of the surgery. Once you are told about the surgery and any complications that may arise from it, you can make an informed decision. Mastopexy surgery can last from 90 minutes to 3 hours. You can opt for an in-house procedure, which involves week-long hospitalization, or you can ask to be released the next day. It is important to know that you will usually require post-surgery rest for a week or two for recovery after a mastopexy.   
 
Types of breast mastopexy
Mastopexy surgery involves two different procedures — full breast lifts and modified breast lifts. The incisions also vary based on the type of breast mastopexy surgery performed. A mastopexy augmentation with repositioning of the nipple can take slightly longer. We suggest that you discuss your case completely with your physician and surgeon before proceeding. Ask the doctor to demonstrate the technique, cuts, and proposed result to you before opting for this surgery.
 
Caution and care for proper mastopexy recovery
Every surgery may come with complications and breast mastopexy is no exception. Immediate complications can include bleeding, increased nipple and breast sensitivity, swelling, post-operative infections, and a visible scar. However, most of these complications resolve within a week to fifteen days after surgery. Severe post-operative complications can include necrosis of tissue, deviation in nipple size, keloid scars, blood clots, and breast asymmetry. The effect of breast mastopexy surgery lasts for a long time,but please note that surgery is not guaranteed against gravity. A little sagging is inevitable with age.

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