Chest after pregnancy and lactation: mastopexy or breast lift

Written by: Dr. Julio Puig
Edited by: Patricia Pujante Crespo

Mastopexy is a surgical procedure in which rise and improve the shape of sagging breasts. Over the years, following pregnancy and lactation because of the breast skin loses its elasticity which, together with glandular oscillations, makes store to fall.

By mastopexy breast remodel, restoring its shape and smoothness properly, removing excess sagging skin or fall. If the breast, besides falling, has lost volume, intervention is often accompanied by a breast augmentation, by implanting the patient with breast prostheses.


Who recommended mastopexy

It is a procedure that is usually performed in women who have had pregnancies and over time has made lose skin elasticity. Over the years the mammary gland tends to lose shape and fall, leaving empty the upper pole of the breast, so it is a technique suited to enhance and increase both the mammary gland and nipple.


Different types of mastopexy

Mastopexy surgery can only be done by raising the mammary gland and nipple. However, in most cases it is usually associated with implantation of a prosthesis, which returns the volume that the woman had breast prior to these are descolgasen.     

If implanted prosthesis is done under the pectoral muscle in order to achieve more natural breast. Thus it does not interfere with other investigations that may be on the breast.


What is the intervention of mastopexy

The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and takes about one hour and a half. In most cases a circular incision around the areola, prolonged by a vertical incision to the submammary is performed.

This type of incision has a good healing. In other cases, taking into account factors such as age, excessive volume or the degree of fall of the breast, performed an incision that runs along the submammary, leaving little visible, because it rests on the breast. It will be the specialist in plastic and reconstructive surgery, aesthetic who determine, depending on the characteristics of the patient, the best technique to follow. After placing the breast in the proper position is used to add volume and projection to the chest.


Postoperative mastopexy: Recommendations

After the intervention the patient is placed a bandage will be removed within three days. Generally the discharge will be 24 hours. Postoperative pain is usually moderate and disappears gradually, while the wounds heal. In the first days after surgery, the patient will feel chest tightness and some discomfort, but it is normal to normal life between 48 and 72 hours. the use of a special bra is recommended for a period of approximately one month during which time shall not make any sudden or weight-bearing exercises.


Results and duration of mastopexy

The results of a mastopexy usually very satisfactory. However, it should be noted that, although they are durable, they are not definitive. Depending on factors such as new pregnancies, weight changes or age, breasts may sag again, though never as before the operation.

If the breast lift is accompanied by an implant will effect much more durable. Thus, if a new descolgamiento occur, could again easily reposition, using and removing old scars.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Julio Puig
Plastic surgery

Dr. Julio Puig is a renowned Plastic Surgeon who has more than 25 years of experience in the profession, working in centers of medical excellence in Spain and the United States. Among his many achievements, he is the founder and director of the Domiciliary Hospitalization Unit of the La Fe University Hospital in Valencia from 1989 to 1991. He is a specialist in Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery by opposition MIR at the Hospital de Bellvitge de Barcelona. The doctor has been Head of the Plastic Surgery Unit of the Pilar Clinic of Barcelona for 15 years and currently works as a Plastic Surgeon in the VITHAS-NISA Hospital 9 de Octubre de Valencia.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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