1. What is a breast uplift (mastopexy)?
This is a surgical procedure aimed at lifting, tightening (via removal of excess skin) and reshaping the breasts. It is typically performed to address sagging or drooping breasts caused by factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, or weight fluctuations. Effectively it is a very similar surgical procedure to a breast reduction albeit without the reduction of volume (i.e., it is more about uplifting the breast as opposed to reducing the volume, although a small volume of breast tissue is often removed to enable an improvement in breast shape).
2. Why might I consider a breast uplift?
A breast uplift can help improve the position and shape of your breasts whilst raising the nipple-areolar complex and restoring a more perky appearance. It can also boost patient confidence and self-esteem.
3. What are the potential risks and complications?
While every surgery carries some degree of risk, Dr. Sadideen will take all necessary precautions to minimise potential complications. Risks may include unfavourable scarring, changes in nipple sensation, and asymmetry. It's important to discuss any concerns with Dr. Sadideen during your consultation.
4. What is the recovery process like?
Recovery times can vary, but you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort for the first few days. You can usually walk immediately but need to keep the incision sites clean and dry for the first week. Dr. Sadideen will provide specific post-operative instructions, including the use of a support bra and any prescribed medications. You may need to avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks.
5. When can I return to work and normal activities?
This will depend on the nature of your job and your individual healing process. Dr. Sadideen will provide guidance based on your specific case, but generally, most patients can return to light activities within two weeks.
6. How long until I will see the final results?
While you'll notice an immediate improvement, it may take a few months for swelling to completely subside and for your breasts to settle into their final shape. As with all surgery, the scars take 12-18 months to finally mature.
7. Will there be noticeable scars?
Depending on the amount of lift required and the breast shape and size, the scar could be around the areola only (in select few cases), or the inverted T (anchor-type) incision as seen with a breast reduction. Dr. Sadideen employs advanced techniques to minimise scarring. He also asks you to follow his strict scar care protocol once the wounds have healed. However, some scarring is inevitable. The scars will typically fade over time and can be concealed with clothing.
8. How long do the results of a breast uplift last?
The results of a breast uplift are long-lasting, but the breast will inevitably droop slightly. Factors such as aging, gravity, and lifestyle choices can affect the appearance of your breasts over time. Maintaining a stable weight and wearing a supportive bra can help prolong the results. For patients that specifically want improved volume in the upper pole, an implant or fat grafting may be performed (at the same time, or a separate procedure down the line).
9. Can I combine a mastopexy with other procedures?
It is possible to combine a breast uplift with procedures such as liposuction, fat grafting to breasts, C-and C-scar revision for example. This should be discussed with Dr. Sadideen during your procedure.
Disclaimer: This leaflet provides general information and does not replace the need for a personal consultation with Dr. Sadideen. Individual experiences may vary.