Breast Lift Surgery or Mastopexy

Breast Mastopexy | Breast Uplift | Breast Lift | Mastopexy | Breast Lift Surgery


After one or more pregnancies, most women experience varying degrees of breast sagging and softening. With multiple pregnancies or alternate weight gain and loss, breast displacement and flattening become more noticeable. Similar progressive changes are normally noted in age periods from late twenties to mid-forties. The size of the breast in total volume may remain the same, but the firmness and erect position of youth is lost.

Mastopexy (i.e., breast lift surgery or breast uplift) refers to the correction of breast position and firmness without a reduction or increase in size. This is either performed through a peri-areola scar (i.e., around the circumference of the areola) but in severe cases is performed by using a keyhole incision with the resultant scar around the areola and a very small and insignificant scar in the inframammary fold. A vertical scar joins these 2 scars. The patient usually requires a 24-hour hospital stay. All sutures are absorbable and do not need to be removed. Post-operatively, the patient has to wear a bra for 4 weeks day and night.

Breast lift surgery post-operative scars are generally in the same position as those noted under Reduction Mammoplasty, but are more limited in extent. Risks of soft tissue loss are minimal, since less soft tissue is displaced than in a reduction mammaplasty. Under some circumstances, this procedure may be combined with the use of a small implant to achieve fullness or firmness when readjustment of the normal tissues alone will not be sufficient.

Meticulous attention to the healing scar with taping and moisturisers for several months during the maturation process will usually culminate in very acceptable scarring. You will remain in hospital for one day and your recovery will take approximately ten days.

Plastic Surgeon Dr. Saul Braun operates from the Netcare Rosebank Hospital, situated in the up-market Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg.

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