Breasts are an aesthetic as well as biological necessity in women and hence are an important tissue in the female anatomy. They can be well understood to define the female form and also serve an important biological purpose especially for nursing women. Most of human societies lay attention and focus on the female body form as a source of aesthetic pleasure, attraction, fertility and reproduction. Though there are wide differences in what can be taken as an ideal body shape, both for attractiveness and good health, it is obvious for most women to be extremely conscious about the shape, size and look of their breasts and body.
As the need to have the perfect breast or boob shape is increasingly rising amongst women, possibly because of aesthetic and psychological reasons, there have been many medical practices that have emerged to fulfil the demands of such a growing need. A breast lift surgery, also called "Mastopexy", is an evolving practice these days performed by specialized and trained cosmetic medical practitioners. Several factors such as age, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and breastfeeding, may result in the breasts losing their firmness and shape and the skin of breasts loses their elasticity resulting in the nipple areola complex to droop southwards. This creates a need of a boob lift or breast uplift.
"Mastopexy", also known as the plastic surgery process "mammoplasty", raises the breasts by removing excess skin and alteringthe surrounding tissue, which helps to reshape and support the new breast contour. Thus it helps in modifying and changing the size, contour and breast elevation. This procedure helps to get perkier, more youthful, firm breasts with minimum possible scars by repositioning the nipple areola complex in the center of the breast rather than pointing downward.
The Procedure The breast liftsurgery/procedure (Mastopexy) depends on the size and grade of ptosis (Sagging) of the breastscan be achieved through a variety of incision patterns and techniques.
The procedure starts by giving anesthesia to the patient. The choices for the same include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. The doctor would recommend the best choice for this. Once this is done, the next step is the incision. Incisions are made in three common patters – around the areola, around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease and around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease. After the doctor has made the incisions, he starts with the reshaping of the breasts. This breast lift surgery may or may not have breast implants.Once the breast reshaping is complete and excess skin is removed, the doctor then closes the incisions and the remaining skin is tightened.
Please note that scar less lift can be achieved till grade 2 ptosis i.e. if the nipple level is at or above the lower breast fold. Usually, the breast size is also small along with sagging and a small breast implant put through axilla or areola, lifts the breast wonderfully without any scar. Even if the size is not small, the periareolarmastopexy can be done where the scar will be around the areola only and practically invisible. In cases where the ptosis is grade 3 (nipple hanging below the lower end of a breast), then mastopexy necessitates a tennis racket type scar which settles down with time. The operation is done under general anesthesia and the patient is generally discharged the same day of surgery.
Dr. SajalHalder, our best breast cosmetic surgery specialist can determine if you are an ideal breast lift candidate. However, a good candidate is someone with drooping breasts, physically and mentally healthy, and familiar with this plastic surgery procedure.
Although there are variations as to how this procedure are often performed; usually, breast tissue is removed and also the areola repositioned to a higher position upon the breast. Often, because the tissue is removed, the breast implant will be used to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. The procedure will take one to a few hours to finish, looking on the tactic being used.
The first few days may be the most painful, but discomfort can easily be controlled with pain medications and will soon decrease. After a week, patients can return to work (if no heavy lifting is involved). Numbness and bruising may persist for several weeks.
Some of the risks and side effects associated with breast lift surgery include infection, negative reaction to anesthesia, prominent scarring, uneven nipples, and breast asymmetry.
The result or outcome of the breast lift surgery is permanent however the natural aging process, pregnancy/breastfeeding, and weight loss will cause the breasts to sag once again.
Mastopexy is one of the essential components of Mommy Makeover in which overall rejuvenation of a woman is achieved and includes procedures for breasts, tummy, and vagina. These procedures lead to tremendous boost up in self-confidence, which has been lost after pregnancies owing to deranged shape.