The ligaments that hold the breasts are loosened within years and the breasts began to sag. Weight gain, weight loss or breastfeeding also contribute to sagging.
Like the other operations of the breasts, standard breast size measurement is performed prior to mastopexy.
The duration of the operation differs between 2,5 and 3,5 hours depending on whether the prosthesis would be placed in the same operation. The operation is performed under general anaesthesia. In order to avoid sagging, the areolas are carried to a higher position. If the breast volume is low, prosthesis may be placed in the same operation. Mastopexy operations leave scars. The patient is informed about the scar prior to the operation.
One night of hospital stay is sufficient after the operation. Showering is allowed 48 hours after the operation. If a drain is placed, it is generally removed prior to discharge. A special brassiere is given, which should be used for 4 weeks.
There is no need for a wound care or suture removal. The sutures will resorb in time.
Patients generally return to their social lives 72 hours after the surgery. Mild sportive activities are allowed 1 months after the operation. 2 months are needed for commencing heavy sportive activities.
Bleeding may be observed during or after the operation. Infection may be observed, although rare.
Although the patients are informed before the operation that the surgery leaves a scar, some of the patients consider their scar as thicker or more scattered than expected.
Openings of the surgical wound edges may be observed in small areas. If this is observed, recovery may be provided via serial wound care, and the need for an additional operation is rare. Smoking patients may experience wound healing problems more commonly.