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 the first consultation Dr van der Poel will be able to get a good idea of the breast size the patient envisages following the procedure. 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.