Breasts enter to the woman’s life together with adolescence period and become a part of the woman’s body in differing meanings and significances depending on the period the woman is in. These organs represent beauty, youth, self-confidence, sexuality and fertility as well as motherhood. These organs may be the most important symbols to put forth femininity and aesthetic related properties of a body. These organs containing a physiologic, anatomic and emotional combination are very important for women. For the above-mentioned reasons, mammoplasty is a complex procedure containing both physical and emotional parameters.

What Is Mastopexy?

It is the operation of repairing the floppy breast tissue and bringing the nipple back to its normal position and location.
The normal position of the nipples is over the fold line of the breasts. Nipple could be in its normal position but there could be floppy tissue. A mild floppiness of the breast is considered to be the case in which nipples are on the level of this line and middle-level floppiness is considered to be the case in which nipples are under this line. The cases in which the breast tissue has passed the fold line and nipples are facing downwards, the floppiness could be determined as advanced.

Mastopexy technique to be used depends on the level of floppiness of the breast and amount of the breast tissue.

As it is with all the plastic surgeries, mastopexy would not be performed on people younger than 18 years old except special circumstances.

Treatment Details

Preparation

How To Prepare Before The Surgery?

All the necessary radiological evaluations (ultrasound/mammography) are conducted before the surgery as it is in all the breast surgeries.

General rules apply for mastopexy are; stop taking or regulating Aspirin and other blood-diluting drugs least 1 week before the surgery, not consuming vitamins (such as vitamin e), herbal products (tomato seeds, cherry stalk etc) herbal teas, not taking any alcohol within 24-48 hours before the surgery, quitting smoke 3 weeks before the surgery and not smoking in the recovery period after the surgery.

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Surgery Details

How Is Mastopexy Performed and How Is The Period After The Surgery?

The necessary measurements and drawings are done at the surgery day in the evaluation. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and it takes approx. 2-3 hours. The time it takes increases depending on the size and floppiness level of the breast. The drain is attached during the surgery. The drain is removed within 1-2 days after the surgery. Usually, the patient needs to stay in the hospital for 1 night. A special corset is worn after the surgery. Sports bras without underwires are used after the 4th week. The patient could return to her social life after 1 week. During 4 weeks, the patient should not perform any sports except walking, should not lift weights, and be especially careful with the arm movements. Sports activities may be performed at the end of 6th week. It takes about 1-3 months for the bruises and swelling in the breast tissue to be reduced and the breast to gain its desired form. The breast reaches its final form within 6-8 months.

Not much pain is expected after the mastopexy operation. The pain that could emerge may easily be relieved with painkillers.

Treatment Plan

  • Stay in Turkey : 2-3 Days
  • Stay in Hospital : 1 Day
  • Operation Type : General anesthesia
  • Companion : Not needed. Patient can take care of himself.
  • Surgery Time : 2-3 Hours

Breastfeeding is not obstructed after the surgery thanks to the modern techniques. But still, there is a risk present even if it is very low.
The loss of sense is temporary after the surgery or it could be permanent depending on the size and floppiness of the breast tissue.
The scarring related with mastopexy surgeries happens on the nipple, the middle line of the breast and sometimes on the folding area depending on the technique used. Most of the time, these scars gain a very indistinct form in a few years. Still, the healing of the scar is specific to the person in question. Very rarely, some patients may experience excessive scar healing (cheloid, hypertrophic scar).