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Scheduled to have a breast lift surgery? Know the dos and don’ts before getting into action

Having a mastopexy in the Philippines or most commonly known as breast lift surgery is definitely a big decision and could bring you a lot of anxieties. To help you lessen those uncertainties, go over these pointers to know the things you should and should not do before going through the operation.

Don’t

  • Do not smoke. It is good if you do not smoke naturally but for smokers, your surgeon will advice you to stop this at least two weeks before surgery because smoking increases the risks of complications and could also prolong the healing time.
  • Do not drink. Like smoking, your doctor will also ask you to refrain from drinking alcohol since it could also affect the result of the surgery and it will not be as good as you have expected.
  • Do not take aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal medicines as they can increase bleeding.

Do

  • Have a lab test or medical evaluation. Also get a baseline mammogram before surgery and another one after surgery to help detect any future changes in your breast tissue
  • Arrange a time off from work with your employer. You might need some time to rest after the operation so it would be best to tell your company that you will not be around for a couple of days.
  • If you choose to have an outpatient surgery, arrange someone, your partner perhaps to drive you to the hospital or clinic, and pick you up afterwards. You wouldn’t be able to drive due to anesthetics after the operation. Also make sure that you were able to ask someone to take charge of your everyday tasks since you will really feel tired and sore after the breast lift.
  • Make a “To Do List” of things that need to be taken care of beforehand. This will include paying important bills, arranging for someone to look after your children (if you have a family, filling out prescription forms, getting ice packs and dressings (if required) and shopping for ready prepared meals.
  • Prepare a small case with some of your clothes, a sleep mask, toiletries and a selection of books and magazines. You may also want to bring your iPod so that you can listen to your favorite music if you don’t feel like reading.

After going through all the pointers above and you found your self checking all the things in the list then you are now ready to have your breast lift surgery. In order to get the best possible outcome of your surgery you have to follow everything that your surgeon will ask you to do. Always remember that your doctor knows what’s best for you.

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Facts on Breast Lifting

Childbirth, weigh loss, gravity and aging process could cause the breast to sag or droop. In such case, a breast lift also known as mastopexy could be performed. This procedure raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. However, keep in mind that breast lift does not increase the size of the breasts but it only return to a more youthful and shapely appearance.

The best candidates for this kind of surgery are those people women who had two to three children and do not have any more plan to get pregnant. This is because pregnancy does stretch the breasts so if you are looking to start a family or to make give birth to another child then you may wish to delay having surgery until after your pregnancy. Other good candidates for mastopexy are women with flat, elongated or pendulous breasts, with nipples that fall below the breast crease and are bothered by the feeling that their breasts sag which have lost its shape and volume.

There are numerous techniques for doing breast lifting procedures in the Philippines but the most common involves making three incisions which form an ‘anchor shape’. These incisions will enable your doctor to remove the excess skin of the breast and move the nipple and areola to a higher position. Your surgeonwill also remove any excess fat and tissue. The skin around the areola is drawn together which helps to reshape the breast. This method takes two to three hours to complete for both breasts. Breast Augmentation surgery could be done together with mastopexy depending on your decision if you want to lift your breast and make it fuller at the same time.

After you’re the operation is completed, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. You’ll need to wear an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal. A small, thin tube may also be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

The same with other surgeries, breast lifting is not without its risks. However, in mastopexy, complications are relatively rare. The common side effects of this surgery are bleeding, soreness and bruising. However, choosing the right surgeon for your breast lift could lessen the possibility of complications so make sure to find a certified and experienced breast lift surgeon. He/she should have finished extensive training on cosmetic and plastic surgeon and must have a wide range of experience regarding this procedure.

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Breast Lift Surgery Procedures

Saggy breast is one common problem for women nowadays. Gravity, weight loss, aging are common factors for the development of droopy breasts. Good news is that mastopexy or most commonly known as breast lifting is now available in the Philippines to bring back firmer and shapelier breasts. The procedures on how mastopexy is done vary from surgeon to surgeon and the degree of the work that should be done. However, the following procedures were provided to give an idea on how breast lifting in the Philippines was usually performed.

There are variations of techniques that can be used in mastopexy such as the concentric or doughnut breast lift and the anchor shaped breast lift. The first method is usually done for patients who have smaller and less severely drooping breasts while those women with larger or more severely drooping, sagging breasts would be advised to have the anchor-shaped breast lift.

In concentric breast lift technique, concentric circles are drawn and cut around the areola. This concentric shaped skin surrounding the areola will be removed and the nipple and areola are moved upwards. Following the movement of the nipple and areola, the outer skin surrounding the areola is sutured into place. This method results less scarring than the other technique of breast lifting.

In the anchor-shaped mastopexy, the surgeon will draw a “key-hole” shape directly above the nipple and the areola. Then, at the bottom of the key-hole, your doctor will draw an anchor shape from the right to the left side of the breast. The skin in the (upper cross-hatched) area of the “anchor” will be removed along with some excess breast tissue. The nipple and areola are moved up to the (lower cross-hatched) “key-hole,” then the skin is sutured around the areola, vertically down to the chest, and side to side along the newly-created bottom fold of the breast.

In either way, the breast lift surgery usually takes one to three hours to finish for both breasts. You will experience soreness and bruising for two to three days. Your surgeon will give you some medication to lessen the pain and to hasten the healing process. You will also be advised to wear a surgical bra for a couple of weeks to support your breasts. The gauze dressing will be removed after a couple of days, and the stitches are also removed about two weeks after breast lift surgery. Listen carefully to your surgeon on what are the things that you have to be careful of to avoid any complications. He/she will also provide you the schedule on when you could go back to your normal activities.

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BREAST LIFT: The Post-Operative and Recovery Period

In every surgery, it is also important to be aware of some facts regarding the post-operative period and especially the recovery phase. After the entire breast lift procedure, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. You’ll need to wear an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize swelling and support your breasts through the healing process. There might be some pain, but it should not be severe and it can be treated by a prescription from your plastic surgeon. After the bandages and surgical bra have been removed, your doctor may suggest that you wear an athletic or sport bra until the swelling subsides.

You will feel drowsy and dizzy from the anesthetic which is completely normal. This usually takes about 48 hours to wear off. During this period, avoid performing strenuous activities like heavy lifting or straining. You can return to work normally within a week and to full activity within a month. Sensation in your nipples may be reduced temporarily, but sensation usually returns to normal as your breasts heal. Breast feeding is typically unhindered because the connecting glandular tissue of the nipple and areola are left intact during breast lift surgery.

You will be discharged from the clinic or hospital the next day. You will be given an ample supply of painkillers and a set of instructions on what to do following your surgery. Your surgeon will visit you to see how you are doing and to arrange your first follow up visit. You will be given a date and time of this appointment. You will also be given contact details for your surgeon if you need to get in touch.

The final results of your breast lift will become visible over the next few months as breast shape and position continue to settle. Incision lines are permanent, but will continue to lighten over time. The results of your breast lift surgery will be long-lasting. However it could not stop the aging process and your breasts will continue to change due to aging and gravity. But, you’ll be able to retain your new look longer if you will maintain your weight and keep a healthy lifestyle.

Keep in mind that while a breast lift in the Philippines and in any other country, does not usually affect breast function, if you are planning to become pregnant, you still have to discuss it with your plastic surgeon. Changes that occur in the breasts during pregnancy can minimize or reverse the improvement a breast lift provides. Similarly, plans for significant weight loss should also be discussed.

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Breast Lift Surgery Procedures

Saggy breast is one common problem for women nowadays. Gravity, weight loss, aging are common factors for the development of droopy breasts. Good news is that mastopexy or most commonly known as breast lifting is now available in the Philippines to bring back firmer and shapelier breasts. The procedures on how mastopexy is done vary from surgeon to surgeon and the degree of the work that should be done. However, the following procedures were provided to give an idea on how breast lifting in the Philippines was usually performed.

There are variations of techniques that can be used in mastopexy such as the concentric or doughnut breast lift and the anchor shaped breast lift. The first method is usually done for patients who have smaller and less severely drooping breasts while those women with larger or more severely drooping, sagging breasts would be advised to have the anchor-shaped breast lift.

In concentric breast lift technique, concentric circles are drawn and cut around the areola. This concentric shaped skin surrounding the areola will be removed and the nipple and areola are moved upwards. Following the movement of the nipple and areola, the outer skin surrounding the areola is sutured into place. This method results less scarring than the other technique of breast lifting.

In the anchor-shaped mastopexy, the surgeon will draw a “key-hole” shape directly above the nipple and the areola. Then, at the bottom of the key-hole, your doctor will draw an anchor shape from the right to the left side of the breast. The skin in the (upper cross-hatched) area of the “anchor” will be removed along with some excess breast tissue. The nipple and areola are moved up to the (lower cross-hatched) “key-hole,” then the skin is sutured around the areola, vertically down to the chest, and side to side along the newly-created bottom fold of the breast.

In either way, the breast lift surgery usually takes one to three hours to finish for both breasts. You will experience soreness and bruising for two to three days. Your surgeon will give you some medication to lessen the pain and to hasten the healing process. You will also be advised to wear a surgical bra for a couple of weeks to support your breasts. The gauze dressing will be removed after a couple of days, and the stitches are also removed about two weeks after breast lift surgery. Listen carefully to your surgeon on what are the things that you have to be careful of to avoid any complications. He/she will also provide you the schedule on when you could go back to your normal activities.

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