Breast lift in Kerala, India
Breast lift surgery is performed for women with moderate to severe sagging of breasts to raise and create a firmer, normal looking breast. Mastopexy is an aesthetic plastic surgery procedure commonly performed worldwide and in Kerala,India also. Typically in breast lift surgery, the breast tissue is tightened and loose skin is removed. An implant may or may not be used. The size of the areola is also reduced in most cases.
Who can undergo breast lift?
Most breast lifts are performed for women who have lost breast volume after cessation of breast feeding. Massive weight loss can also cause breast volume reduction and sagging. In cases where the sagging is mild, addition of volume alone by inserting a breast implant will be sufficient to make the breast firmer and larger.
Methods of Breast lift/ Mastopexy
Breast uplift can be achieved by different surgical techniques. Broadly there are two kinds- 1. Peri areolar technique which use an incision around the areola only. Peri areolar breast lift techniques are useful in mild to moderate breast ptosis (sagging). 2.Short scar vertical breast lift technique utilize incisions around the areola as well as a vertical line downwards from the areola in the breast meridian. Vertical mastopexies are most commonly performed for breast lifting. The appropriate technique in each case will be chosen after a clinical assessment and discussion with you.
Breast lift with enlargement
Breast augmentation can be performed at the same time as breast lift surgery (augmentation mastopexy). A cohesive gel silicone implant is used in such cases. Increasing the size of the breast along with breast lift can also be done as two stage procedure, where the mastopexy is done first and breast augmentation is performed after a few weeks.
The breast lift surgery
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia.
Pre operative markings are made prior to surgery.
The surgery involves 3 important steps-
1.Moving the nipple areola complex to a normal position
2.Rearranging the breast tissue on the chest wall to correct the sagging
3.Removal of excess skin and a fine closure with or without drains.
The procedure is completed in 2-3 hours. You can return home the same day or stay back one night in hospital.
Recovery after breast lift surgery
The post operative period after breast lift is relatively pain free. Healing takes 2-3 weeks and during this time heavy physical exertion is to be avoided. Desk work and light physical activity can be resumed in 2-3 days. Antibiotics and pain medication is prescribed for 5-7 days after surgery.
A sports bra is to be worn for 1 month following surgery. Follow up examinations are recommended once a week for the initial month and then monthly visits
Risks of breast lift surgery
Breast lift surgery deals with the skin and breast tissue only. Standard risks of anesthesia exist.
Specific to the surgery, risks include infection, bleeding, poor healing of suture line, fat necrosis in breast tissue, asymmetry and thick scars.
Cost of breast lift surgery in Kerala
The cost of breast lift surgery can vary depending on the surgery plan- whether mastopexy alone or with implants. Approximate total cost of Mastopexy at the best hospital in Ernakulam can vary from INR 120,000- 250,000. Contact Dr. Hari Menon for surgical planning and speciic details.
Breast feeding after breast lift
Breast lift surgery is usually performed after breast feeding is stopped, so the issue of breast function is not important in most patients.
In women who are planning to have children and breast feed, breast lift surgery may affect your ability to breast fee normally. The milk ducts are not damaged in the surgery, although some of the glands may be injured. Top feeds may be required after breast lift surgery.
How long does the result last?
The result of a properly performed breast lift surgery will last for 10 years and more. However, the effects of gravity and ageing will continue to affect the breast shape to some extent.
Synonyms- Mastopexy, Augmentation mastopexy, boob lift, breast reshaping, mammaplasty, breast uplifting