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BREAST LIFT (MASTOPEXY)


BREAST LIFT (MASTOPEXY)

Overview
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Conditions like pregnancy, weight loss, gravity pull, menopause and aging process can cause the breast to lose the youthful shape and become smaller and saggy. The nipple descends to a down-and-out position and the areola (the dark skin around the nipple) is stretched. This condition is called breast ptosis. Breast lift (mastopexy) is a surgical procedure to correct breast ptosis.

Breast lift can be performed as a standalone procedure or as a part of a combined procedure, depending on the volume of the ptotic breasts.
  1. Volume of the breast is normal: breast lift alone is performed.
  2. Volume of breasts is reduced: breast lift is combined with breast implant to augment the breasts at the same time
  3. Volume of the breast is excessive: breast lift is incorporated as part of breast reduction surgery where the size of the breast is reduced simultaneously.

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Objectives
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  1. To restore the breast to its normal shape and position
  2. To relocate the nipple-areola back to the original position

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Preoperative Preparation
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• Treat and stabilize all existing medical conditions, if any.
• Stop smoking at least one week before surgery
• Stop one week before surgery the following:
  • All supplements that contain vitamin E, ginseng, ginko, garlic, fish oil and other ingredients that encourage bleeding during surgery
  • Medicine that exacerbated bleeding during operation such as aspirin, NSAIDs and warfarin. You may first need to consult the physician who prescribed the medicine
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Surgery
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Duration of Surgery: 2-4 hours
Anaesthesia: General anaesthesia
When to Go Home after Surgery: Usually stay one night in hospital
Back to work: Average 5-7 days, depends on the nature of work
Technique: depending on the severity of the breast ptosis, several techniques are available for mastopexy:
  1. Peri-areolar technique: incision around the nipple-areola
  2. Vertical short scar technique: incision around the nipple-areola, plus additional incision vertically down to breast crease
  3. Inverted T technique: incision around the nipple-areola, incision vertically down to breast crease, with additional incision that runs horizontally along the breast crease.

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  • Small tube may be inserted to drain blood and fluid from the breast for 1-2 days
  • Some swelling and tenderness may last for one week
  • Take antibiotics and analgesics prescribed
  • Sutures are removed after 7 days
  • Light activity after 3 days, normal activity after one week. Heavy exercise after 4 weeks
  • Special supportive bra for one month
  • Regular use of scar gel and massage to optimize scar healing
  • There may be some numbness in around the nipple-areola which can last 2-3 months or longer
  • Final result will only seen after several months when the breast tissue settle down


 
 
 
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