Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy surgery is a type of mammoplasty – a plastic surgery term designating any procedure performed in the breast area. Breast lift surgery is usually performed in order to raise sagging breasts and correct any issues related to the breast’s size, contour, shape and elevation. What else do we know about mastopexy? Let’s find out more about breast lift surgery and different ways to avoid drooping or saggy breasts.
1. Breast Lift is mostly cosmetic
Breast lift surgery is mainly a cosmetic procedure. Women suffering from breast ptosis often feel self conscious about their bust, which can lead to depression, lack of self acceptance and a lower satisfaction with life in general. Since functionality is the same for sagging breasts or raised breasts, the procedure is considered strictly aesthetic.
2. Breast ptosis can be caused by different things
Breast ptosis, a medical term for drooping or sagging breasts can be caused by a number of factors. The biggest factor is pregnancy and multiple pregnancies. Smoking can also cause ptosis and lack of exercise is another well documented risk factor. It’s important to note that with age, some degree of ptosis is normal and natural. Contrary to popular belief, breast feeding has no effect on breast sagging. Women with a higher body mass index or a larger bra cup size are more likely to develop breast ptosis at some point in their lives.
3. There are several degrees of breast ptosis
The Regnault scale divides breast ptosis into 4 different grades, depending on the location of the nipple compared to the infra mammary fold or IMF.
Grade I: This is considered mild ptosis. The nipple is usually located somewhat below the infra mammary fold but still above the lower pole of the breast.
Grade II: Moderate ptosis means that the nipple is located below the infra mammary fold and some breast tissue hangs below the nipple.
Grade III: Advanced ptosis. The nipple is below the infra mammary crease and it is at the maximum projection of the breast from the chest.
Grade IV: Severe prtosis consists of the nipple being well below the infra mammary crease and the lack of any lower pole tissue under the nipple itself.
4. Breast lift surgery scars are unavoidable
Although breast lift surgery results are usually good and patients report great satisfaction rates after the procedure, scarring is unfortunately unavoidable. There are 3 main types of incisions created for breast lift surgery and the type of incision performed during surgery depends on the degree of ptosis the patient suffers from:
Donut incisions – this type of incisions runs around the full length of the areola – the darker tissue surrounding the nipple. Donut incisions are usually performed on patients with mild or moderate ptosis or patients with smaller breasts.
A lollipop incision – the lollipop incision is made around the areola and then down to the infra mammary fold or crease. This type of incision is performed on patients suffering from advanced or severe ptosis.
Anchor incision – The anchor incision is recommended for patients with severe or advanced ptosis and a big bust size. The incision is made around the areola, then down towards the inframmary fold and then it covers the length of the mammary fold itself.
5. Breast lift recovery period is very important
Full recovery from breast lift surgery takes between 4 and 6 weeks, depending on the type of incision used and the patient’s bust. During this time the doctor’s guidelines need to be followed thoroughly and it’s strongly recommended that patients quit smoking. Certain activities such as heavy lifting need to be avoided during this period as well. The tissue around the breasts needs ample time to heal properly in a way that the scars will be less noticeable.
6. You may need minor touches after the procedure
Although breast lift surgery provides patients with great results, it doesn’t mean that minor touches may not be necessary in the future. These procedures are less expensive and require a much shorter recovery period though. Ethical breast lift clinics will always inform their patients regarding the possibility of revision surgery.
7. You can still breastfeed
Breast lift surgery only removes excess fatty tissue and skin. The mammary glands are left intact during this procedure, so you will be able to breastfeed normally.
8. There are ways to avoid breast ptosis in the long run
Although we can’t prevent the natural aging process and its effects, there are a few ways to prevent breast ptosis or at least, the degree of it. Breast ptosis prevention tips include:
Quit smoking altogether
Avoid second hand smoke
Stay away from fatty diets and foods
Avoid fluctuations in body weight through healthy diets
Regular exercise is a must
Always wear a special sports bra when exercising