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Breast Lift or Mastopexy

Breast Lift or Mastopexy

Breast Lift is advised for women who have saggy breasts and would like the same-sized breasts to be restored to a more youthful position. The plastic surgery can be performed from 18 years of age. Usually plastic surgeons advise to undergo breast lift in case the client doesn’t plan any more pregnancies in the future. Breast Lift is performed under general anaesthetic and the surgery takes 2–3 hours.

If you’re considering Breast Lift…

Breast lift, technically known as mastopexy, is a surgical technique that lifts the breasts to a prechosen height, tightens the skin, and reshapes the breasts as needed. Pregnancy and the natural ageing process often affect the firmness of the breast; breast lift is an ideal technique to reverse this process. The operation is often combined with a breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty) or breast enlargement (breast augmentation), to achieve the best result for the patient.

The best candidates for Breast Lift Reduction

Breast lift can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide having surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon. The best candidates for breast lift are women looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. If you’re physically healthy and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate.

Preparation for Breast lift

Pharmaceuticals containing acetylsalicylic acid (Acylpirin, Aspirin, and Anopyrin etc.) should not be used for 3 weeks before the Breast Lift cosmetic surgery, as they decrease clotting time of blood. In case you are a smoker you are advised to stop smoking or at least to cut down on cigarettes. Smoking slows down recovery process and it can also increase a risk or complications.


The procedure is performed in an operating theatre under general anaesthetic, and lasts 2–3 hours. Plastic surgeon uses classical stitches, which need to be removed in 21 days after the surgery. In order to achieve the desired shape, the surgeon makes anchor-like incisions, creating a vertical line downwards from the areola (the coloured area around the nipple) and the horizontal line beneath breast.
Through incisions plastic surgeon lifts the underlying breast tissue, reshapes and improves breast contour, firmness and relocates the areola. The areola, its blood vessels and nerves are repositioned together in most cases. The size of the areola can also be reduced, if necessary. The plastic surgeon will make the decision as to the most appropriate technique to use.
The scars will not be visible in clothing or most swimwear. Immediately after the surgery the scars will be red, firm and raised. The scars will mature, fade, and soften within 3–12 months. Many scars fade and become nearly invisible, but others may become wide and raised. Final scar appearance cannot be predicted prior to surgery.

Post-operative course

The patient will usually remain at the clinic for 2 nights and will wear a compression bandage and a special surgical support bra. This bra is already included in the price of your cosmetic surgery. This bra should be worn at all times (even at night) for 14 days to 3 weeks. If a drain is introduced during the surgery, it is removed within 24 hours. The stitches are removed in 21 days after the surgery.
It is not possible to sleep on the abdomen for a period of 5 weeks. Within a few days you can shower. When you will be released from the clinic you will be given instructions from the plastic surgeons how to exchange the dressings. Every 2–3 days we will take you for a free check up to the clinic, so your plastic surgeon can keep an eye on your recovery.
The patient will be able to resume everyday activities after a few days, but must avoid lifting objects over the head or making fast movements during the first 4–6 weeks. If you have small children who require a lot of lifting, you need to plan an additional help during the initial recovery period.
The individual post-operative process is very important and client can participate on that by following the instructions given by the plastic surgeon and the healthy diet.
After 2 weeks, the patient can return to everyday activities, avoiding strong physical efforts. Any bruising and swelling will usually dissipate within 1–2 months.

How will I feel after the surgery?

You will probably feel tired, sleepy and suffer from pain especially in 1–3 days after the surgery. The surgeon will also prescribe antibiotics as a prevention of any potential infection and also tablets for reducing the swelling.

To know more about Breast Lift or Mastopexy from the best plastic and cosmetic surgeons in Los Angeles visit our website www.beverlyhillsphysicians.com

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