How does it work?
During a mastopexy operation the surgeon will remove any excess loose skin and reposition the breasts so that they sit higher. The nipples will also repositioned so that they sit centrally on the breasts, giving you a more youthful appearance.
Mastopexy only alters the shape and positioning of the breasts, not their size. However, the procedure can be combined with the insertion of implants if you want your breasts to be bigger as well as firmer – good news for girls looking to maximise their curves.
In order to avoid unnecessary complications, it’s advisable to wash your skin with anti-bacterial soap for several days before your surgery. It is also a good idea to refrain from smoking for a few weeks before the operation - we reckon that’s a good excuse to get healthy and kick the habit...
You will need to wear a supportive bra, such as a sports bra, for a number of weeks after surgery. It’s a good idea to avoid exercise directly after the operation and to reintroduce physical activity slowly – you don’t want to do yourself any damage.
Is it for me?
Mastopexy can be performed on women of any age, provided that you are in good health. It is not a suitable procedure for those with medical conditions or for pregnant women, due to the risks involved.
It is recommended that you postpone mastopexy if you are thinking of having children, as the effects of pregnancy could mean you would need to have further mastopexy in the future. However, if you do decide to have a baby after undergoing this treatment, you needn’t worry about breast-feeding – the operation typically leaves the milk ducts untouched.
Good to know
There are different types of mastopexy according to the effect desired. Varieties include full mastopexy, crescent lift and the bizarrely named Benelli-Lollipop.