With the effect of ageing, gravity and breas-t feeding women tend to lose these desirable positions and develop loose, sagging breas-ts with the nipple and areola sagging downwards.
B-lifts or mastopexy is designed to lift the breas-t including the gland and areola. Correction can be done using various procedures depending on the extent of the problem.
This is often combined with breas-t augmentation to regain the rounded contour of a youthful breas-t.
Incisions for the procedures can be placed around the areola complex or in the inflammatory crease. The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia.
Post Operative Care includes wearing a sports bra for initial few weeks and heavy exercises should be avoided post surgery.
Potential complications include bleeding, loss of nipple sensations and inability to breas-tfeed. It is therefore advisable that the aspect of future breas-t feeding be discussed with the patient prior to the procedure.
Breas-t implants are used to add volume to the breas-t. A breas-t lift is dine when loose skin of the breas-t needs to be tightened. The two procedures are often combined to provide both volume and shape to the ageing breas-t.
A breas-t lift requires some incisions depending on the extent of sagging. These usually settle down with time.
The various techniques used for a lift include:
1. Periareolar mastopexy: This involves a circular scar around the nipple area. This is suitable if only a modest amount of laxity exist. The scar is at the junction of the areola and breas-t tissue and becomes almost imperceptible over time.
2. Vertical/lollipop mastopexy: This involves a vertical line starting from the nipple to the breas-t crease. This suffices if a little amount of skin needs to be excised.
3. Inverted T pattern/Wise resection: This involves a scar with a vertical limb which starts from the nipple and ends at the breas-t crease. The transverse limb of the scar lies along the breas-t crease. This pattern is used when there is a significant amount of skin sagging.
A breas-t lift in itself does not increase the size of breas-ts. However, it does impart a more youth full appearance in terms of firmness and shape. If small size is a concern, the procedure can be combined with a breas-t implant in an augmentation mastopexy.
The results vary from patient to patient. There are several factors which determine the longevity of breas-t lift results. Most of the patients will be satisfied with the treatment for many years though the factors like genetic predisposition, the quality of surgery and your expectations. Also, you are advised to follow the instructions given by your plastic surgeon such as diet and weight management to ensure long term results.
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