What is Breast Lift Surgery?
Breast lift surgery in Thailand or Mastopexy is an aesthetic procedure that aims to raise and reshape sagging or drooping breasts. It is actually performed by trimming off excess skin and compacting surrounding tissues.
Unless you have the elixir of youth, your firm and budding breasts will gradually turn into sagging, pendulous, unwanted breasts. These changes result from many influencing factors:
- Weight issues
A breast lift or a boobs lift can revitalize your figure with a breast makeup that is virginal and blooming.
Is Breast Lift Right for Me?
A breast lift is an excellent choice for you if:
- Your breasts droop, sag, have lost shape and volume;
- Stretched skin;
- Enlarged areolas;
- Your nipples and areolas are pointing downward;
- Physically healthy;
- Don’t smoke;
- Fully developed breasts;
How Do I Prepare for My Breast Lift Surgery?
Your surgeon, through our virtual consultation, will provide you with a list of instructions on what to do before your surgery.
These will cover such areas as smoking, medications, what to bring with you to the hospital and when to have your last meal before surgery.
It is of utmost importance that you follow these instructions after your surgery. Your speedy recovery and health should be your number one priority.
You will have to strictly follow these instructions before your breast lift surgery.
These are as follows:
- For smokers: Stop smoking two weeks before surgery. You will need another two weeks after surgery to start smoking. Smoking increases the risks of complications. Chemicals present in smoke act as free radicals which interferes with the healing process. Prolonged healing may result in the formation of large, hideous scars. If your surgeon finds out that you are still smoking, he will not perform the surgery.
- Stop drinking alcoholic beverages a week before your surgery.
- The day before your surgery, do not drink alcohol and make sure you do not eat or drink anything at least six hours before your operation.
Breast Lift Surgical Procedure
Anchor Technique: Incision is made around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the crease (See above image)
- Incision outlines removed accordingly.
- Then the new location for the nipple is defined.
- Furthermore, this technique will remove the excess skin. Then the nipple and the areola are going to move to a higher position.
- The skin surrounding the areola is then brought down and together to reshape the breast.
- Finally, the skin around the areola is stitch together.
- The surgery will last for two to three hours under general anesthesia.
Peri-areolar Technique: During this procedure, an incision is made all around the border of the areola. (See above image)
Risks of Breast Lift Surgery
Breast Lift Surgery Risks
A peri-areolar technique will result in scars and wrinkling of skin around the areola. It may take about 1-2 years for the wrinkles to smoothen out.
If an inverted “T” technique is used, the scars will be around the areola with a linear scar running down from the nipples and another linear scar along the infra-mammary fold.
The risks of breast lift surgery include:
- Unfavorable scarring
- Bleeding or hematoma
- poor healing of incisions
- Temporary or permanent changes in nipple or breast sensation
- Breast contour and shape irregularities
- Breast asymmetry
- Skin discoloration
- Permanent pigmentation changes
- Swelling and bruising
- Damage to deeper structures such as nerves
- Blood vessels and muscles tissue necrosis
- Fluid accumulation
- Excessive firmness of the breast
- Potential partial or total loss of nipple and areola
- Pain which may persist
- Possibility of revisional surgery and risks associated with anesthesia
A patient should be aware that breast lift surgery can interfere with diagnostic procedures. Also, breast lift surgery does not normally interfere with pregnancy. The normal breast changes which accompany pregnancy and lactation may negate the results of surgery.
Because of the removal of some breast tissue, this procedure may also interfere with breastfeeding.
A few weeks after surgery, sutures used to close the deeper layers may spontaneously surface through the skin. However, the expected absorption will take within 4-6 months following surgery. In conclusion, these are still material foreign to the body and “pushed outwards” as healing progresses.
Post-Operative Care for Breast Lift
- Start ambulating as soon as possible.
- May rest at home and resume work after 10 days.
- Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for 3-4 weeks.
- Refrain from physical contact with breasts for 3-4 weeks.
- May shower 48 hours after removal of drain tubes.
- After bandages being removed, support bra should be worn continuously for 21 days.
- May wear a bra with underwire 6-12 months after surgery.