There are many things that can contribute to sagging of the breasts, causing them to lose their ‘perkiness’, such as:
Post pregnancy changes
Naturally lax skin
Ageing and the natural effects of gravity
Assessing Suitability for a Breast Lift Without Implants
A mastopexy or breast lift surgery can be performed with or without an implant; whether or not you need to have an implant will be governed by how much breast tissue is present.
Sometimes it’s possible to rearrange your existing breast tissue in a way that an implant isn’t required. The resulting scars from a breast lift can be T shaped or just around the nipple.
During your consultation, Mr Akhavani will discuss your medical history with you in-depth and carry out a physical examination. This will allow him to confirm that you’re a suitable candidate for surgery, and whether he’s able to perform a breast lift without implants or if these will be required.
It’s important to understand that it may not always be possible to meet your expectations with surgery and to explore the most realistic outcome of the procedure.
The Breast Lift Surgery Process
Once you’ve been assessed via a comprehensive consultation, the operation is carried out as a day case under general anaesthesia.
The breast lift typically takes between 2 to 3 hours to perform, and once completed a dressing will be placed on the incision and you’ll be discharged wearing a support bra for comfort. In most cases, you should be able to go home on the same day.
Breast Lift Recovery
After the surgery, you’ll be required to attend the dressing clinic to be reviewed, and then the outpatient clinic to meet with Mr Akhavani again in order to ensure that your scars are healing and there are no problems.
It’s advised that you take 2 weeks off work after the operation, with resumption of light exercise after 6 weeks – full recovery is expected 3 months after the operation.
Breast Lift Complications
When a mastopexy is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, the patient can achieve a great outcome with an uneventful recovery.
However, in a small proportion of cases some complications are a possibility, such as:
Implant associated risks such as rupture (if used)
During your initial consultation, Mr Akhavani will explain all of the potential risks and complications of the surgery with you.
To book a consultation for a breast lift in one of our London clinics, please call us on 0203 733 3224 to make an appointment.
For further information on mastopexy/breast lift surgery, please follow these links:
BAAPS Patient Information on Mastopexy
ASPS Patient Information on Mastopexy