Also known as, breast lift, a mastopexy is a surgical procedure specifically designed to offer the breasts an upright and more youthful appearance. This medical procedure helps to raise hanging and stretched-out breasts as well as reduce sagginess. As with other cosmetic procedures, mastopexy can only change your physical appearance and it can’t change your emotional or mental state. However, such procedure can help boost your self-esteem and give you more self-confidence. Always keep in mind that breast augmentation and breast lift aren’t the same cosmetic procedure. However, both can be carried out together, especially if you want to reduce sag and increase your breasts’ size.
How A Mastopexy Is Performed
This surgical procedure can be carried out in a hospital or a freestanding surgical clinic, or even on an outpatient basis. In most cases, such procedures take between 2 to 4 hours, but if you’re having other cosmetic procedures, such as liposuction or inserting breast implants, this may require more time. Your plastic surgeons will advise you on what exactly you need to do before undergoing the procedure. For instance, you may be required to stop taking any medication a few days before surgery to avoid unnecessary complications or side effects.
Different Phases In Breast Lift Surgery
There are a number of phases to be followed when it comes to cosmetic procedures such as mastopexy, which include:
Phase 1: Preparation – This is actually the first phase where the patient is “prepped” for the surgery. At this phase, the surgeon uses a permanent marker to create incision lines. The direction, location and length of these lines will be determined by the type of breast lift being carried out. During preparation, your surgeon will also scrub you with an anti-microbial agent to reduce the risk of infection. In addition, you will be hooked to various monitors so that the entire surgical team can easily monitor how the procedure progresses.
Phase 2: Anesthesia – Before the surgery, you and your plastic surgeon should discuss the choice of anesthesia. In fact, when it comes to breast enhancement surgery, there are so many options for anesthesia, which include conscious sedation, local or general anesthesia. With conscious sedation option, you’re asleep, but conscious. With general anesthesia option, you’re completely unaware and unconscious. Local anesthesia is used to numb the chest area where your surgeon will be working and you also get a sedative to keep you relaxed and clam.
Phase 3: Surgical Procedure – After anesthesia, the surgeon carefully follows the pre-marked incision lines created during the first phase. After incision, the surgeon applies a dressing to reduce swelling, to keep the implants or tissue securely in place and to protect the wounds.
Phase 4: Recovery process -After the surgery, the patient is usually awakened and transferred to a recovery room where a nurse monitors vital statistics for about 2 hours. sometimes, you may feel some sensations, including nausea, uncontrollable shivering, or pain around your breast area., the sutures placed underneath your skin will eventually dissolve within 1 -2 weeks, or can be removed by your cosmetic surgeon.
Lastly, most cosmetic surgeries are performed on the outpatient basis and this means you can go home the same day after the surgery.