Sagging or ptotic breast appearances are caused by prolonged exposure to gravity, significant weight lost and pregnancy. When the breast sags, the tissues in the upper part of the breast sinks down to the lower part of the breast, causing the upper part to be empty thus making the lower droop with weight.With the drooping of the breast, the position of the nipple is also affected, as it will go even lower than usual so that the breast will stop “frowning”.
How to reshape droopy breasts?Mastopexy or breast lift means the “lifting of the breast”. This procedure is done for a couple of purposes and mostly for people with big breasts. The purpose of this procedure ranges from a simple periareolar reduction to vertical pattern of breast reduction.For smaller or mild saggy breasts requiring lifts, a form of augmentation would be needed for the lifting. The best method would be to place implants, usually using teardrop implants, which are cohesive silicone gel implants.
Depending on the desired outcome, the procedure is done accordingly. Most common procedure involves an inverted T-shaped incision following the natural contour of the breast. The incision is made along the area where the excess skin of the breast is removed and also locating a position for the nipple.The nipple and areola are moved to the higher position after the excess skin is removed. Skin that is surrounding the areola is brought down and positioned together to reshape the breast.It is however, recommended to have a detailed discussion with the plastic surgeon before proceeding with the procedure.
Does the procedure affect breastfeeding?It is recommended that any procedure with regards to the breast, is only done after the decision of not getting pregnant anymore has been made. This is because, with any type of procedure, there are possibilities of not being able to breastfeed, especially with beast lift procedure.
Will the procedure leave a scar?Scars will depend on how much lifting is done. It may be placed around the border of the areola or down from the areola to the base of the breast or extended all the way down and hidden under the breast folds. The plastic surgeon will determine the best area to place the scar for the best desired outcome.
Does the procedure involve pain?This procedure is done under sedation that is administered by an anesthetist. Sedation will have minimal side effects as compared to general anesthesia. With sedation, pain will not be felt for the surgery and post-surgery.
What to expect for the procedure:The procedure takes approximately one to three hours, depending on the severity of the sagging and does not require hospitalization. Patients are required to rest at least a day after the procedure, before proceeding with daily work activities for the next few days after.