Cosmetic Surgery

Mastopexy: Helping restore a more youthful breast

Introduction to Mastopexy Surgery

Over time, factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, and the natural aging process can cause the breasts to lose their shape and firmness. A mastopexy addresses these concerns by removing excess skin, repositioning the nipple and areola to a higher position, and reshaping the breast tissue to restore a more youthful appearance.

During the breast lift procedure in Tauranga or Whakatane, Mr Butler will make cuts on the breasts, usually around the areola and often extending vertically down to the breast crease and horizontally along the crease itself. Through these cuts, excess skin is removed to elevate and reshape the breast tissue.

After the excess skin is removed and the breast tissue is reshaped, the remaining skin is tightened and sutured to create a firmer, uplifted breast appearance. The cuts are then closed with sutures, and the breasts are usually wrapped in bandages or a surgical bra for support during the initial healing period.

It's important to note that a mastopexy is primarily focused on lifting and reshaping the breasts. If you desire an increase in the size of their breasts, a mastopexy can be combined with breast augmentation surgery, which involves the additional placement of implants to enhance the breast volume.

Key Details of the Procedure

  • Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
  • Cost: $19000 to $26000
  • Anaesthetic: General anaesthetic
  • Length of stay: 1 night in hospital

Post-Surgery Care and Downtime

  • Showering: You can shower the wounds 48 hours after surgery.
  • Exercise: Light exercise can be resumed 2 weeks after surgery, while strenuous exercise should be avoided for 6 weeks post-surgery.
  • Driving: You can drive 1 week after surgery, depending on when you feel comfortable to do an emergency stop.
  • Work: You can return to desk-based work 1 week after surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions about Mastopexy Surgery

Who is a good candidate for a mastopexy?

Mastopexy is suitable for women who have sagging breasts due to factors like pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, or aging. Good candidates are generally in good overall health, maintain a stable weight, and are aiming for a more youthful, pert appearance to the breasts.

Can mastopexy increase breast size?

Mastopexy primarily addresses sagging breasts and reshapes them for a more uplifted appearance. It does not significantly increase breast size. However, it can be combined with breast implants if you are looking for both a lift and an increase in breast size.

How long does the recovery process take?

The recovery time can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the surgery. Generally, it takes a few weeks for the initial recovery, during which you may experience bruising, swelling, and some discomfort. Most people can resume normal daily activities within a week or two, but strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for about 6 weeks.

Will mastopexy leave noticeable scars?

Mastopexy does result in scars, but their visibility can vary. The incisions are typically made around the areola and may extend down from the areola in an upside-down T-pattern. Over time, scars tend to fade and become less noticeable.

Are there any risks or potential complications?

As with any surgical procedure, mastopexy carries some risks. These can include infection, bleeding, changes in nipple or breast sensation, scarring, asymmetry, and the possibility of needing revision surgery. Mr Butler will go through all the risks associated with mastopexy surgery with you in detail at your consultation in Tauranga or Whakatane.

Can I breastfeed after mastopexy?

Mastopexy can potentially affect your ability to breastfeed, as it involves repositioning the nipple and areola. Most child-bearing women can produce breast milk after the surgery, but it may not be of sufficient volume to feed a newborn baby.

How long do the results of a mastopexy last?

The results of mastopexy are long-lasting, but the natural aging process will continue. Factors such as gravity, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy can affect the appearance of the breasts over time. Maintaining a stable weight and following a healthy lifestyle can help prolong the results.