A woman’s breast size, shape and position changes throughout her life. The effects of pregnancy, breast feeding, changes in weight and importantly the effects of gravity – over the course of time, all cause the breast to droop (ptosis).
Anything that causes the breast skin to stretch will ultimately cause ptosis or breast sagging. Weight gain, breast feeding or excessive bounce (exercise) without a good supportive bra all cause the skin and supportive ligaments to stretch resulting in the breast position, including the nipple position, to drop. Often too with age the breast volume will reduce leaving a large “skin envelope” which makes the breasts look empty and sagging.
Breast lift surgery aims to restore the breast and nipple position to a more youthful form.
Dr Jane uses the Le Jour technique. This technique was popularized over 20 years ago. The main benefit is that it is a short scar technique of breast lift. The scar sits neatly around the areolar and then runs from the areolar down to the breast crease, avoiding any further scarring below the breast. The breast and nipple is lifted, the excess skin excised leaving the breast looking firmer and more youthful.
Even though the breast looks fuller, the breast size is usually reduced to a varying degree depending on the patient’s request.
The surgery takes approximately 2 hours, performed under a general anaesthetic. Breast lift (or mastopexy) patients usually stay in hospital overnight although often smaller cases are done as a day stay. Patients return for their post-operative review at day 6 and then again at 6 weeks, 6 months and at 12 months to monitor the scars.
Many studies have documented the health benefits of breast lift and breast reduction surgery. Most studies report both an improvement in physical as well as mental well-being.
A study published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (July 2013) used the ‘Breast Q’ questionnaire, a well validated survey instrument to document the physical and psychosocial health benefits of breast lift and breast reduction surgery. The results showed significant improvement in all four areas evaluated on both the before and after questionnaires, including satisfaction with the appearance of the breasts, psychosocial, sexual, and physical well-being.
On a 100 point scale, satisfaction with breast appearance increased from 20 before surgery to more than 80 post-surgery. Psychosocial well-being improved from 41 to 84. Sexual well-being from 40 to 78, and physical well-being from 43 to 81.
As also reported in previous studies, the procedure relieved back, neck and shoulder pain, improved sleep patterns and greatly improved the ability to exercise.
Breast lift (or mastopexy) surgery has such a positive effect on a woman’s life physically and also evoking a strong inner confidence.