Mastopexy surgery with or without breast implants is a cosmetic surgery procedure to lift the positioning of the breasts.
This operation is performed under general anaesthesia. A nerve block (PECS II block) using local anaesthetic medication is also performed by your Specialist Anaesthetist before the operation starts to provide additional pain relief both during and after your operation.
Dr Wyten’s technique for this surgery is dependent on the needs of the individual patient and your breast shape, size and position. This procedure may require some removal of breast tissue, or predominantly removal of excessive skin. Breast implants can also be inserted if a larger breast size is desired, as well as improved breast positioning. Breast implants can be placed above or under the pectoralis muscle, depending on the type of implant used and the desired look.
This procedure typically takes approximately 2-3 hours to perform in the operating theatre, and an overnight stay in hospital is usually required.
Benefits of mastopexy surgery with or without breast implants
Mastopexy surgery alters the position and shape of your breasts, as well as the size if desired, and can offer the following benefits:
- Restoration of breast positioning after pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss, or ageing
- Improved symmetry of breasts
- Improved nipple positioning
Am I a good candidate for mastopexy surgery?
It is important to have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with this surgery, and to consider your natural breast size and shape, and what will suit your overall body physique.
It is also important to be in good physical and mental health, and be a non-smoker to reduce your risk of complications during and after surgery. If you are considering having mastopexy surgery, it is now an Australian requirement that you have a consultation with a General Practitioner (GP) or other specialist medical practitioner first to discuss your health, and for an appropriate referral to a surgeon.
Types of breast implants
Dr Wyten uses Motiva and Mentor brand implants.
During your consultation with Dr Wyten, she will help you choose the best suited implants for your desired outcome considering the following options:
- Silicone or saline implants
- Implant size
- Implant texture (smooth or nano textured)
- Implant shape
- Implant projection (low, medium or high)
What can I expect during recovery following mastopexy surgery?
1-2 weeks recovery off work or strenuous home duties is typically required following this surgery. It is important to follow the instructions given during your recovery, including when you can resume driving and exercise. It may be necessary to get additional support for childcare, pet care, and other activities around the home during your recovery as you will be unable to do any lifting.
It is typical to have some discomfort after mastopexy surgery. You will be given instructions after your surgery on how to manage this in the first couple of weeks after surgery. You will also need to wear supportive undergarments and Dr Wyten’s preferred supportive post-surgical bras will be provided after your surgery. You may wish to purchase some additional post-surgical bras for your recovery.
Risks of mastopexy surgery
All surgery has risks, including the risks of scarring, bleeding and blood clots (deep vein thromboses and pulmonary emboli), and infection. There are also risks associated with a general anaesthetic.
Risks specific to this surgery will be discussed with you by Dr Wyten during your consultation. Written information will also be provided for you to read before you proceed with surgery. Some risks associated with this procedure include:
- Breast asymmetry
- Loss of sensation
- Nipple inversion
- Loss of nipple and areola tissue
- Reduced ability to breastfeed
- Delayed/poor wound healing
- Contour irregularities
- Risks associated with breast implants including need for replacement, breast implant rupture, capsular contracture, some breast implants are associated with a type of cancer (anaplastic large cell lymphoma, ALCL)
If you experience any unusual pain, swelling or bleeding after surgery, please seek help immediately.
Choosing an experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon, such as Dr Wyten, is the safest option when considering this type of surgery.