A breast lift surgery can make your breasts look and feel more youthful. A woman’s breasts often change over time due to factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, weight fluctuations, gravity, and heredity. Also known as a mastopexy, the procedure removes excess skin and tightens surrounding tissue to support and reshape the breasts into a new position and contour.
The objective of having a breast lift or “mastopexy” surgery is to elevate and shape sagging, elongated breasts. The procedure involves removing excess skin and repositioning the nipple and areola (pigmented area around the nipple) to a new level. The skin is then sutured and holds the breast in its higher position.
This depends on the extent of the surgery, but usually, the procedure itself takes between 1 and 3 hours.
The single most important benefit of having a mastopexy surgery is to restore a more youthful, fuller-looking, and more firm feel to your breasts. The procedure will uplift your breasts, tighten the skin and make your breasts look and feel younger. A breast lift is not going to make your breasts larger, only change the shape and height position of your breasts.
Yes, and this depends on what your desires and the recommendations of your surgeon. There are different types of breast lift surgery. Incisions can range from just around the areola (“crescent”) to being extended vertically downwards (“lollipop”) towards the inframammary crease. With larger lifts or ’full mastopexy,’ an additional incision can be made along the fold of the breast (“anchor”). The extent of the surgery depends on the amount of lift that you require.
You will have a 30-45 minute consultation with your plastic surgeon before the surgery to determine which method of breast lift technique is best for you. The extent and size of your breast lift surgery also depend on factors such as your current medical history and condition. This will all enable you to make an informed decision.
A breast lift surgery does involve having to live with scars. You need to consider the degree of scarring you are willing to accept. This is something to consider beforehand and discuss with your surgeon at consultation. The exact location and extent of the scarring depend on the type of breast lift procedure you have. Fortunately, scarring is mostly located under the breast or just at the border of the areola, making them primarily invisible and concealed by clothing. Although scars may never become undetectable, they will gradually fade in the months following surgery.
The results of a breast lift should last for many years unless you lose or gain significant amounts of weight or become pregnant. The effects of natural aging will also eventually alter the size and shape of most women’s breasts. To achieve optimal results, you should follow the surgeon’s post-surgical recommendations.
After your surgery, you will stay one night in the hospital/clinic for rest and recovery. The next morning our surgeon will check your healing and give you all the post-operative care instructions. You will be then able to return to your place of accommodation. Over the remaining time in Budapest, you will be asked to return to the clinic for 1-3 times for check-ups where bandages will be changed, and wounds cleaned. You will be provided with all contact information if there are any concerns between these checks. When cleared for home departure, we ask that you check in with your home doctor for continued follow-up care, as needed.
During breast lift surgery, you will be under general anesthesia. However, you may experience some pain and discomfort after the surgery as your body heals. You can expect to be sore, swollen, bruised, and you should follow all the surgeon’s post-operative instructions.
Recovery from a breast lift can vary and take anywhere from 2-4 weeks. During this time, you should avoid all strenuous physical activity and work. Light activities can be started just a few days after the surgery. As you heal, you will be able to return to all your regular daily routines gradually. This recovery period varies amongst patients according to your age, state of health, type of breast lift, and your body’s healing abilities. Our best recommendation is just using common sense.
Like all types of surgery, there are certain risks involved. General risks associated with a breast lift are usually temporary but can include edema, bleeding, infection, seroma (fluid accumulation), and a temporary loss of sensitivity in the breast area. All the risks of having a breast lift will be provided to you by the surgeon at the time of the consultation.