Mastopexy (or breast lifting) aims to reposition the areola and nipple, lift the gland and remove excess skin in order to obtain two harmonious and beautifully shaped breasts.
Mastopexy (or breast lifting) is indicated in cases of breast ptosis: a “drooping” breast with sagging of the gland, distension of the skin and too low areolas.
Before the procedure
The preoperative assessment of the mastopexy is carried out in accordance with medical protocol and our anaesthetist will see you at the latest 48 hours prior to your procedure. If the treatment requires the placement of breast implants, the surgeon will determine the type and size of the implants after careful examination and depending on the patient’s wishes.
The average duration of the procedure varies between 1 hour 30 and 3 hours, depending on the indication.
Depending on the extent of the breast ptosis, the incision is generally made around the areola, from there vertically downwards ending in the inframammary fold. At the end of the procedure, a shaping bandage is made.
Mastopexy, after the procedure
The postoperative effects of a mastopexy (or breast lifting) are generally painful and changes in position (for example, from lying down to sitting up) are sometimes uncomfortable. There is a sensation of breast tension and back pain.
During the first days, it is recommended to rest as much as possible and to avoid any violent effort. An oedema (swelling) will appear, which may cause temporary asymmetry.
The bandage is changed around the 4th day after the procedure and the sutures are removed around the 10th day. The return to work depends on the type of professional activity, but can be considered from the 4th day for light work.
Mastopexy, the result
A term of one year is necessary to appreciate the result of a mastopexy (or breast lifting), the time it takes for the breasts to present a harmonious, natural and symmetrical or close to symmetrical curve. In addition to the first consultation, you will receive a complete information sheet about the procedure, which you should read carefully so that you can make a well-informed decision.