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Breast Lifting

Since full and upright breasts are always desired, even the slightest sagging of the breasts can make women unhappy. Breast lifting (mastopexy) is the procedure performed to bring the breasts that sagged because of many factors back to an upright position. In this surgery, the nipples are moved to the right location, the breast tissue is built up and the excess skin is removed.

How to tell if the breast is sagging?

If the nipples are above the breast fold line and are facing slightly upwards, then they are in the ideal position. The fact that the nipple is at or below the breast fold line indicates that the breast is sagging.


Who is breast lift surgery performed to?

If there is no obvious problem regarding breast size, but if there is sagging, breast lifting surgery is performed to build up the breast. Several factors cause sagging. If sagging has developed as a result of factors such as weight loss and gain, breastfeeding, structural conditions, aging, and gravity, then it is possible to build up the breasts with breast lifting surgery.


Is there an age limit for breast lifting?

Breast lifting surgery is usually performed to middle-aged women who experience sagging after breastfeeding. But it can also be applied to young patients with structural sagging. As with all aesthetic surgeries, other than exceptional cases, breast lifting surgery is performed after the age of 18.


Is only breast lifting surgery sufficient?

If the amount of breast tissue is enough in some patients, it is sufficient to perform the procedure using their tissues without the need for silicone prosthesis. If breast tissue is absent along with sagging, augmentation with silicone prosthesis (implant) is added to the treatment. If there is excess breast tissue along with sagging, then breast reduction surgery is performed.


What should be done before the operation?

Before the operation, breast ultrasound/mammography is requested, when necessary, a breast examination is performed by the general surgeon, and evaluation is made.

As in all surgeries, it is necessary to stop smoking an average of 3 weeks before the operation. Medicines and similar substances that can dilute the blood (pain relievers such as aspirin, apranax, voltaren, majesic; multivitamin pills containing substances such as ginseng, ginko biloba, co-enzyme Q, herbal products such as green tea, flaxseed, cherry stalk, and tomato seed) should be avoided in the last 1 week.


How is the post-operative process?

The patient can be discharged from the hospital on the day of surgery, usually 6 hours after the operation. Breast lifting surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes an average of 2 hours. Since the stitches are applied under the skin and dissolvable stitches are used, there is no such thing as the removal of them. A non-wired sports bra is recommended for postoperative use and it is especially important to use it in the first month.

After the operation, follow-ups are performed every year by breast ultrasound/mammography.



Is breast lifting surgery risky? What are the complications that can be encountered after the surgery?

As with any surgery, there are some risks and complications involved in breast lifting surgery. With the advances in medicine and the care shown during the surgery, these problems are tried to be kept to a minimum. There may be bleeding, infection, changes in nipple and skin sensation, healing problems, surgery scars, risks due to anesthesia, and asymmetries. Although these are quite rare, it is important to inform the patients about them.


When will I return to my daily life? Can I start exercising right away?

Although the recovery period depends on the operation performed, if it is not performed together with breast augmentation or breast reduction, it will be easier to return to daily life. Generally, the patient comes for a check on the 3rd day after the operation and can continue her daily life afterward. While sports activities other than walking are not recommended in the first month, all kinds of sports activities can be started as of the 6th week.


Will the scars be permanent after the surgery?

Surgical scars turn into skin color, on average, one year after the operation, and take their final form. These scars never disappear completely, but gradually become pale and less noticeable over time.


Does the surgery affect the milk glands and breastfeeding?

Breast lifting surgeries do not prevent breastfeeding. If the person has breastfeeding potential, she can still breastfeed after surgery. It should only be noted that pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause changes in breast shape.