- Gluteal Prosthesis
- Calf Prosthesis
- Post-Weight Loss
MASTOPEXY (BREAST LIFTING)
Firm and symmetric breasts usually start to drop, having a heavy and flaccid aspect. An augmentation mammoplasty, or mastopexy, can help the breast to be firm again, which will define your body’s curves and will give your breasts a younger appearance.
Usually referred to as breast lifting, the mastopexy repositions the nipples and the mammary tissue, removing the excess of skin and compressing the tissue to form the new contour of the breast.
Breast augmentation can be a good option if you:
• Are physically healthy and keep a steady weight;
• Don’t smoke;
• Have realistic expectations;
• Are bothered by the feeling that your breasts have lost their shape and volume;
• Your breasts are elongated;
• Notice that when not supported, your nipples are positioned below the lower part of the breast;
• Your nipples point down;
• You have flaccid skin and large nipples;
• One of your breasts is lower than the other.
The mastopexy can be performed through a variety of incision techniques. The appropriate techniques for you will be based on:
• Breast size and shape;
• Nipple size and shape;
• How flaccid is your breast;
• Skin quality and elasticity, as well as the amount of excessive skin.
Stage 1 – Anesthesia
Medications will be injected for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The options include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best option for you.
Stage 2 – Incision
There are three common incision patterns:
- Around the nipple,
- Around the nipple, vertically below the nipple, towards the lower part of the breast,
- Around the nipple, vertically below the nipple, towards the lower part of the breast and, horizontally, throughout the lower part of the breast.
Stage 3 – Remodeling your breasts
After the incisions:
• The underlying mammary tissue is raised and remodeled to improve the firmness and contour of the breast,
• The nipple is repositioned,
• If necessary, larger areolas will be reduced through the removal of the skin around it,
• Excessive skin is removed to compensate for the loss of elasticity.
Stage 4 – Closing the incisions
After remodeling, the excess of skin is removed and the incisions are closed. Some incision lines are hidden on the natural contours of the breast. However, others are visible on the breast surface. These scars are permanent, but in most cases, they can significantly improve over time. The sutures are made in depth inside the mammary tissue to support the newly remodeled breasts. Sutures, skin patches and/or surgical tape can be used to close the skin.
Stage 5 – Results
The results of your surgery can be noticed immediately. Over time, the post-surgery swelling will fade and the incision lines will be less visible.
After the procedure, bandages will be placed over the incisions. It will be necessary to use elastic bandage or a bra to minimize the swelling and to support the breast.
A drain can be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess of blood and fluid that might accumulate after the surgery.