Mastopexy or breast lift is a technique for lifting the sagging breasts, repositioning them in a more correct and pleasant way or changing the shape of the breasts. Mastopexy can be performed along with other procedures, especially with reductive mammoplasty.
The main reasons for breast flaccidity are: sun exposure, breastfeeding, age, smoking, menopause and weight changes. The main goal of mastopexy is breast lift and correction of the position of the nipple and provide a better consistency to the breast.
Patients who are unsatisfied, with sagging breasts or asymmetrical breasts are perfect candidates for mastopexy. Those who have relatively small breasts and minimal falls in the breasts can also do the surgery.
The breast lift is indicated for patients over 15 years, because at that age the development of the breasts has already reached its peak.
The techniques of surgery vary, however, they all have the same goal, which is to remove excess volume and lift the breasts. However, the most commonly used technique for breast volume reduction is “Inverted T” surgery.
The incision marks the area where the breast skin will be removed and defines the new location for the nipple. As soon as excess skin is removed, the nipple and areola are moved to a higher position. The skin around the areola is brought down and resorted to the breast. The Inverted T technique is also used in reducing mammoplasty, but when used in mastopexy, only the flabby skin is removed and the breast tissue is preserved.
The scar lies around the areola in a vertical line extending down the nipple and along the inferior sulcus of the sinus. Mastopexy lasts about four hours and is done with general or epidural anesthesia. It is worth mentioning that Dr. Rodrigo performs all his surgeries with all possible attention and calmness. Following an individualized surgical plan minutely for each patient, using all their technical capacity and resources to arrive at the best possible result, and only then, the surgery can be finished. Dr. Rodrigo only leaves the surgical center when he is sure that he has reached the maximum, the desired result.
Usually there is no postoperative pain of mastopexy, but if there is any case of pain, we recommend the use of analgesics and we also advise that the patient does not move much or make efforts. The stitches are removed between 7 and 14 days after the breast lift and after 4 weeks, the edema should disappear.
During the first six months, it is normal for nipples to become sensitive or hypersensitive, but after a while they return to normal.