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The Body: Breast

Breast Lifting

Mastopexy means “to lift the breasts”. Over the years, factors such as pregnancy and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman's breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag.

Breastlift is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts, at least for some time. (No surgery can have long-lasting delay effects on the effects of gravity.)

Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.

Many women seek Mastopexy because pregnancy and nursing have left them with stretched skin and less volume in their breasts. However, if you're planning to have more children, it may be a good idea to postpone your breast lift. While there are no special risks that affect future pregnancies (for example, Mastopexy usually doesn't interfere with breast-feeding), pregnancy is likely to stretch your breasts again and negate all the benefits of the procedure.

However, Mastopexy, like breast reduction, may leave noticeable, long-lasting scars although they can be covered by your bra or bathing suit. (Poor healing and wider scars may be more common in smokers). There may also be a change in sensitivity of the nipples which may or may not be long lasting.

Your surgery is usually performed in a hospital or an outpatient surgery center. If you're admitted to the hospital as an in-patient, you can expect to stay one or two days. Breast lifts are usually performed under general anaesthesia.

Techniques vary, but the most common procedure involves an inverted T-shaped incision following the natural contour of the breast. The incision outlines the area from which breast skin will be removed and it defines the new location for the nipple. When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved to the higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is then brought down and placed together to reshape the breast. Stitches are usually located around the areola, in a vertical line extending downwards from the nipple area, and along the lower crease of the breast.

Your Singapore plastic surgeon will make every effort to make sure your scars are as inconspicuous as possible. Still, it's important to remember that Mastopexy scars may be long-lasting. They often remain lumpy and red for months, and then gradually become less obvious, sometimes eventually fading to thin white lines. Fortunately, the scars can usually be placed so that you can wear even low-cut tops.