Breast Lift Mastopexy
Breast lift surgery or Mastopexy is a group of several types of surgeries that aim to lift and change the shape of women’s breasts. The breast lift Mastopexy may involve removal of excess skin, breast tissue lift, as well as proper positioning of the areola and nipples. This kind of procedure may be done alone or combined with the breast augmentation technique such as including breast implants in the surgery.
Classifications of Sagging Breasts
The sagging of breasts, sometimes called Ptosis, is classified according to the severity of the breast droop. Mild Ptosis is a sagging breast that has the nipple and areola area positioned at the same level or slightly below the inframammary fold. Mild to moderate Ptosis, on the other hand, has the nipple and areola area of the breast positioned less the 3 centimeters below the inframammary fold. The last classification of sagging breasts is called Severe Ptosis and in this case, the nipple and areola areas falls more than 3 centimeters below the breast fold.
What are the Common Causes of Drooping Breasts?
The drooping or sagging of breasts is caused by several factors which include the effects of gravity, pregnancy, aging, breast size, and fluctuations of weight. Since the breast is attached to the chest muscles by several ligaments and it is mostly made of mammary glands, it can be easily affected by the pull of gravity because there are no muscles present to add to its firmness. Women with bigger breast size are more prone to sagging of breasts as an effect of the gravitational pull.
Another factor that causes the sagging of breasts is pregnancy. Pregnancy entails an increase of breast size in preparation for the baby’s delivery and food. The production of milk signals that the pregnancy is coming to an end and it is therefore reaching its peak. When this happens, mammary glands begin to swell for milk production thus leading to a stretched breast skin. After breastfeeding and as the milk production slowly comes to an end, the increase in breast size and stretched skin won’t go back to its original and firm form thus leading to the drooping of breasts and sometimes breast asymmetry.
The same thing goes when your weight constantly fluctuates. When you have excess weight, your breast stores additional fat but as you slim down, your breast size don’t go back as expected and the lost fat in the breast areas lead to further sagging.
Aging, on the other hand, takes an effect on breast sagging when skin elasticity depletes with age. When your skin loses elasticity, the sagging of breasts is inevitable and it is doubly affected by the pull of gravity.
The Aftermath of Breast Lift Mastopexy
Just like any surgery, breast lift Mastopexy also has its share of dangers and complications. This is why every preparation and proper steps should be followed prior and after the operation. One of the most commonly reported aftereffect of Mastopexy is the considerable change of skin sensitivity in the breasts. It is actually a naturally occurring condition after the operation because the sutured wounds are starting to heal themselves.
Within 3 months after the operation, when the wounds are healing properly, skin sensitivity will go back as normally as possible but there is no guarantee that it will return to its 100% original state. The scars during this time will also appear and feel softer. They will also fade eventually but not totally invisible to the naked eye.
It is also possible that breast asymmetry might happen. This is due to the fact that both breasts are affected by the two separate sides of the body. Say for example you’re right handed, since most of your physical efforts are focused on the right side, the tissues in your right breast are firmer as compared to the tissues on the left breast thus resulting to partial breast asymmetry.
Sometimes, when women are prone to keloid scars, they are at a higher risk of developing keloid scars after the Mastopexy and laser scar removal may be needed if the patient wanted to lessen the keloid scars’ unsightly appearance.
Although your plastic surgeon makes certain that your breast lift scars are almost invisible, you should always remember that the scars are permanent, even if they fade. Some may ask how long does the breast lift last. Mastopexy is certainly not a permanent solution to end breast sagging because, as mentioned earlier, there are a number of factors that affect the firmness of breasts.