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When sagging of a woman’s breasts becomes prominent, a breast uplift, also known as mastopexy, is often an appropriate remedy. Sagging of the breasts is very common, and can be caused by a number of factors, including age, the effects of gravity, significant weight loss, and pregnancy and breastfeeding. The negative impact that this change in appearance can have on a woman’s self-esteem leads many women to consider surgery to reverse the effects.
Through a breast uplift, the size and shape of breasts can be improved, giving a more natural, youthful appearance. The surgery involves the removal of surplus skin caused by drooping. The breasts are then re-shaped, and the nipple/areola complex is re-positioned to a higher level so that the nipple lies at the point of the newly tightened breasts. Where necessary, the surgeon may reduce the size of the areola to achieve an enhanced, more natural appearance. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, usually takes between 90 minutes to two hours, and normally involves a one night stay at the Hospital.
Many women undergoing breast uplift surgery also decide to increase the size of their breasts by insertion of breast implants (see Breast Enlargement). This can be performed at the same time as the breast uplift, rather than requiring the patient to be anaesthetised and undergo surgery twice.
At the time of your consultation at the Alexandra Private Hospital, your surgeon will discuss the various options available to you, in line with your specific medical circumstances. You should always feel free to ask your surgeon any questions that you have regarding the surgery, and discuss any areas that may seem unclear. The goal of your surgeon and the Hospital staff is to make your entire experience as comfortable, and worry-free as possible.