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Breast lifting (mastopexy)

Breast lifting (mastopexy) is a surgical method of correcting mammary gland shape, which allows eliminating mastoptosis (breast drooping). Breast lifting involves removal of excess sagging skin and glandular tissue to form new contours, by moving a nipple-areola complex to an aesthetically advantageous place.

Breast tissue drooping (ptosis) can be of varying degrees of severity. In modern medicine, three degrees of breast ptosis are distinguished. Depending on the stage of development of pathological changes, different methods of surgical interventions are used.

We also use the innovative equipment that applies 3D modeling of plastic surgery results.

Quite often, breast lifting operation is expediently performed in a complex with breast augmentation.

DURATION OF OPERATION:  60-120 minutes
PERIOD OF REHABILITATION AFTER BREAST LIFT:  3-4 weeks

INDICATIONS TO MASTOPEXY

  • Ptosis (drooping of mammary glands) of varying degrees of severity.
  • Mammary glands asymmetry.
  • Changes in areola’s shape and diameter.
  • Changes in mammary glands’ shape and volume as a result of feeding or abrupt weight changes.
  • Age changes due to loss of skin elasticity.

PRELIMINARY CONSULTING

At the meeting, we will discuss your medical history, especially as regards previous injuries (damages), allergic reactions and previous plastic surgeries, if any.

We will consider in detail all the problems that you are experiencing, which, you think, are undesirable and must be corrected.

After examining external characteristics of mammary glands, we will discuss in detail your wishes and on how much, in our opinion, the operation will meet them.

Also you will be informed about all the details of the upcoming mastopexy, its duration, rehabilitation period and possible complications.

PREPARATION FOR OPERATION

  • When preparing for mastopexy, medical examination is mandatory to determine possible contraindications to the operation. And preoperative photographs are also taken. Before the operation, we will thoroughly analyze these images, and we will use them together with the data obtained after the examination to compile an individual operation plan.
  • A patient undergoes preoperative 3D modeling to create an accurate breast model after its lifting, and also to see the result, which coincides 99.9%.
  • 14 days before the surgery, you should stop taking aspirin and aspirin-containing medications because they affect normal blood clotting. If you are in doubt about any preparation, carefully read the instructions on the label or consult our clinic. Tell us about all the drugs that you will take before surgery.
  • Also, two weeks before the surgery, it is necessary to give up cigarettes or minimize their number, since nicotine leads to the reduction of blood vessels and can worsen blood circulation in tissues during and after the surgery.
  • 7 days before the operation, it is necessary to exclude from the diet spicy and fatty dishes, as well as to stop drinking alcohol.
  • Do not eat or drink in the evening before the surgery. For safe anesthesia, your stomach should be completely empty before surgery.
  • On the day of the surgery, wear comfortable, loose clothes that will not need to be removed through the head.

POST-OPERATIONAL PERIOD

  • After discharge from the clinic, you will receive recommendations on the use of painkillers and antibiotics. Strictly follow their instructions.
  • You will come to bandaging and to a surgeon examination with the frequency that will be prescribed by your attending physician, taking into account the specific course of the postoperative period.
  • The first 2-3 weeks patients should sleep on the back.
  • Within 2 weeks you should give up cigarettes, nicotine worsens blood circulation in tissues and as a result increases the rehabilitation period.
  • 14 days after the surgery, you should stop taking aspirin and aspirin-containing medications.
  • It is advisable not to have sex for the first 2-3 weeks due to the high probability of developing acute hematoma or other complications.
  • During the first 2-3 weeks after the operation, it is recommended to exclude fatty, spicy, very salty and fried food, as well as alcoholic beverages and exotic fruits.
  • Do not exercise for 3 weeks after the operation, which requires a lot of physical activity. In order to minimize the chance of the postoperative complication, avoid such actions as low slopes or lifting of weights.
  • Wear postoperative compression linen as long as it is necessary for a normal healing process (usually about 4 weeks).
  • After mastopexy, it is not recommended to fly for 2 weeks on airplanes, and 4 weeks – to visit sauna or swimming pool.
  • Exercising or doing sports can be possible only after our assent.
  • Be sure to let us know if after the discharge from hospital discomfort or bleeding increases, also if you shiver and have the temperature above 38 degrees Celsius.
  • Edema and decrease in sensitivity within the operation area is a normal condition, and these changes usually vanish in the period from 1 to 4 months, in rare cases, sensitivity of a nipple and areola can be restored up to 1 year or more.
  • During the rehabilitation period, food rich in vitamins and microelements should be included into the diet.
RISKS AND POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS AFTER MASTOPEXY
  • During the postoperative period, the development of general surgical complications and corresponding complications of this operation is possible. The risk of the onset of the first (suppuration, bleeding, thrombophlebitis, thromboembolism) is reduced through an appropriate preoperative examination and, if necessary, through medicinal preparation.
  • Complications characteristic of mastopexy include: partial or complete necrosis (die-off) of parts of skin flaps or nipple-areola complex (associated with insufficient blood supply).
  • Persistent decrease or complete absence of sensitivity of a nipple and very rarely persistent pain in this zone.
  • Asymmetry, fluid accumulation in cavities (seroma) or hematoma (in the early postoperative period).

All of the above-mentioned complications after breast lift surgery are exceptions that arise periodically despite the leading standards in surgical practice. We have outlined them for the purpose of informing you properly and in no way intimidating.

Reviews

Iris Cibre (abdominoplasty)

12.12.2012

Andrei Kharkov is a very professional, caring and friendly at the same time. I didn`t get a full result yet since it is very early to talk but for now, even I am fond of it!

Reutter Elena, Switzerland

I'm his patient and operated on him 10 years ago, so I want to tell you what. All the surgeons of Kiev refused from me. And only he, this great man, saved his life with his well-coordinated team, and thanks to him I live a happy life! Thank you very much, Andrei Leonidovich, I always remember and thank you.

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