Breast Lift or Mastopexy is preformed to resize the nipples and breast tissue and improve the contour of the breast. The procedure is performed to lift the nipple into a natural position as well as tighten the tissue below the nipple (inferiorly) and to increase the fullness in the upper portion of the breast (superior pole).
In some patients a lift alone will not achieve the desired fullness in the superior pole of the breast, in these cases an implant is required to create additional volume in the breast. When you first consult with Dr van der Poel he gets an idea of the size you have in mind. This is discussed and a range of implant sizes is agreed upon, this range is usually about three implants which increase in volume slightly. Once on the table he can more accurately assess which implant in the range would be best suited to your frame. Microtextured Gummy Bear silicone implants are generally used as they feel softer and more natural.
Dr van der Poel likes to see the patient for a second consultation in the week prior to the procedure to discuss any last-minute questions. Dr van der Poel takes time during his consultations to listen to your concerns and ensure that you are both on the same page.
The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic as an in-patient. The scars are around the nipple and down into the infra-mammary fold and in the fold. Where the nipples are large, they are reduced to be in proportion with the breast size. You would recover overnight in hospital, the following morning the drains are removed and you will return home with a dressing over the incision. You will be given pain medication to take home before leaving the hospital.
You will see Dr van der Poel weekly for six weeks following the procedure for the scar to be taped, this is done to prevent the scar from stretching. We recommend the RegimA Scar repair cream which is stocked at our rooms, this will be applied to the scars from six weeks post operatively. You will also be supplied with a surgical bra which you will wear for six weeks following the procedure. This helps to keep the breast feeling supported and reduce swelling as well as reduce tension on the scars.
When you make your booking you will be given pre-operative instructions which will include medications and supplements to avoid prior to surgery since they can increase bleeding. Should you have any concerns or questions you are welcome to call the rooms or send an email and we will be happy to assist.