Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Dr. Hamidreza Fathi
How this Procedure is Done
A key stage that patients should go through in all cosmetic surgeries is consulting with an experienced expert in this regard. Patients should discuss their expectations, express their concerns, and ask the questions they have. Considering their health issues and needs, surgeons will then explain the available options, describe the procedures in detail, and raise the patients’ awareness of the potential risks. To achieve your favorable results, Iranian surgeons are highly recommended. They have extensive knowledge and invaluable experiences in performing cosmetic surgeries with advanced facilities. Furthermore, these operations can be done with a low cost in Iran. Therefore, you are able to save a considerable amount of money while undergoing this surgery in Iran’s specialized clinics.
What is Breast Lift?
The size, shape, and firmness of women’s breasts are among their major concerns as they grow older. Aging, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can cause breasts to sag and lose firmness. A breast lift can be of great help for you in these cases. It boosts your self-confidence and enhances your appearance by reshaping your breasts. It’s important to note that this surgery does not significantly change the size of the breasts. However, if patients desire, they can have a breast lift together with breast augmentation or breast reduction to meet their needs.
This surgery, which takes about three hours on average involves several stages. In the beginning, the surgeon makes an incision around the areola, which extends down the front of your breast or along the sides of the areola. Thus, the breasts will be lifted. Afterwards, the surgeon moves your areolas to the correct position, may reduce their size if needed, and removes any extra skin to make your breasts look firmer. If you desire to get breast implants as well to increase your breasts’ size, you should talk to your doctor about it in advance.
The major three complications after breast lifts are scarring, bleeding, and infection. Heavy lifting is forbidden for at least 4 to 6 weeks after the operation. Patients should wear a special bra and rest for about a week to 10 days. Then, they can go back to their routine life. The swelling will disappear within the first months, and there is no need to worry about it. When the tissues are completely healed, patients can enjoy the new appearance.
Since throughout the surgery, your breasts become firmer and somewhat rounder, your bra size might seem a bit smaller after the operation even if the size of your breasts was not supposed to be reduced. Moreover, the results are not everlasting because as you get older, your skin becomes less elastic gradually, and your breasts may become loose to some extent. If you try to maintain a healthy weight, you can easily get around this problem.
You can think of having a breast lift if your breasts of any size have lost shape and volume or your nipples and areolae point downward. This is not suitable for women considering pregnancy in the future since the breasts will stretch, and the expected results won’t be obtained. Generally, patients should be in good overall health and aim to achieve reasonable outcomes.
While there are three types of incision, surgeons typically try to make the least invasive incision to obtain desired outcomes.
Donut ("Periareolar"): it’s a circular incision made in the area surrounding the nipple. This is used for minor lifting of the breasts.
Lollipop ("Vertical"): This procedure is carried out through the donut incision around the nipple along with another incision extending down the front of the breast. In the case of excess skin, this technique is preferred.
Anchor, or Inverted "T" incision: The scar pattern is vertical in this kind of incision and is commonly used for women who have lost weight considerably and suffer from saggy breasts.
While there are some products claiming to be influential in lifting the breasts, the only available technique is breast lift surgery. Exercises, pills, or special kind of clothing cannot help you enhance your breasts’ appearance.
Ptosis refers to sagging of the face skin, breasts, or any other part of the body. It can be caused by genetics, aging, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or breastfeeding.