Why Should You Consider Mastopexy?
With time and age, the breast’s support system loses its fight against the forces of gravity and results into a pair of sagging boobs. The relaxation of ligaments is the ultimate cause for pendulous or sagging breasts which can make you look and feel older than you’d ever like. This doesn’t only affect your self-esteem but your overall body image as well. But because it is a common consequence of natural aging, the fullness, and shape of the breasts is sure to change over time. Although sagging breasts typically undermine the confidence of a woman, the conversation that turns to breast surgery is often avoided.
But lately, mastopexy or breast uplift is becoming a more and more common topic of discussion among women with sagging boobs. Mastopexy or boob uplift without implants is emerging out as an effective option for restoring the shape and volume of the breasts that may have been lost due to age, nursing or weight loss.
What Exactly Is Mastopexy?
A mastopexy or ‘breast lift’ sounds straightforward enough but its details are quite different from those of a breast augmentation or a boob job. Mastopexy reshapes, tightens and lifts breasts by repositioning the nipple and removing the excess skin around. So, unlike implants where volume is added to the breasts for making them bigger, boob uplift will simply lift the tissues of breasts in a woman who already loves the volume of her breasts. In breast uplift, the areola and nipple are shifted to a higher position so as to create natural and perkier looking breasts.
The results of mastopexy are impressive where the shape of the breasts is remarkably improved and nipples are repositioned to their cosmetically correct level. Mostly, women consider breast uplift only after completing their family because pregnancy and weight loss are other common reasons for sagging boobs along with the aging factors. Although it is possible to breastfeed after boob uplift, there are chances for incisions and scars resulted from the procedure to compromise.
So, if you were planning breast uplift and still have a baby planned, it is sensible to delay mastopexy for a while.
How Is Mastopexy Done?
There are mainly three types of incisions involved in breast uplift- periareolar mastopexy, vertical mastopexy, and full or inverted mastopexy. The procedure that will be recommended to you depends upon a variety of reasons like the amount of excessive skin to be removed and how much repositioning is required for your nipples. It takes maximum two hours to complete the surgery under general anesthesia. Different mastopexy techniques will result in different scars because of the varying skin incisions types.
Although you may be tempted to go for a technique involving the smallest possible amount of scars, it is always advised that you make a choice based on the skin incisions. Your expert and certified breast surgeon will suggest you the most outstanding and efficient technique that will work exceptionally well for every grade of breast ptosis.
But irrespective of the technique recommended by your surgeon, the main purpose of breast uplift is to correct the position of your nipples, enhance the fullness of breasts and to remove the excessive skin that eventually results into sagging boobs.
Mastopexy can also be performed in combination with breast augmentation if you want to achieve noticeable fullness in the upper part of your breasts which is sometimes not possible with a simple lift. However, implants make the breasts heavier than before and so the chances of sagging linger on.
Healing Period: You will not have any bandages after the procedure is over. Sutures will also be gone in a maximum of fifteen days. You may experience a little swelling for 3-4 weeks or occasional numbness. But everything will be healed properly in a very small period of time. Breast lift surgery involves scarring and you have to make terms with it both mentally and emotionally. But scars will obviously fade and become barely noticeable over time. It usually depends on the patient’s genetics that how the scar will heal.
Normally, mastopexy will last for nine, ten years. But pregnancies or fluctuations in body weight may cause your breasts to sag again. The prices for mastopexy may vary for each individual according to the procedure and other requirements in each specific case. It is a highly personalized cosmetic procedure.