Breast Lift

Mastopexy, commonly referred to as breast lift, is performed to raise and reshape breasts to give them a firmer, rounder and youthful look. As women get older, their breasts tend to lose their elasticity and firmness. Also, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight gain or loss can accentuate this process. This sagging can settle in a woman's breasts in any age due to these circumstances. Patients mostly prefer having breast uplifting surgery if their breasts have started to sag, droop or nipples point downward. If they also like to increase the size of their breasts, they can sometimes have breast augmentation at the same time as breast lifting.

A significant amount of our patients that underwent breast uplifting surgery state that they feel more confident about their appearance and how they look in certain types of clothing.

There are different types of uplift. The patient’s breast size and the result they want play an important role on deciding which type of uplift suits their cases the most. Different types of uplift make different scars on the breasts. Whichever type of uplift choose, the scars should not be visible when you wear normal clothing, bras and bikini tops.

The most common type of uplift, performed with an incision around the patient’s areola (the darkened area around the nipple) and vertically under their breast which is called Lollipop Lift. If the patient has significant sagging, their surgeon may recommend an Anchor Lift. This type of lift yields the most significant sagging and reshaping transformation. During surgery, the doctor will make one horizontal incision along the breast crease. One incision is in between the crease and the areola and the other one is around the areola edge.

After making the incision, the surgeon will lift and reshape your breasts. Afterward, the surgeon will move your areolas to the correct position on the new breast shape, removing any extra skin to give your breasts a firmer appearance.

Our doctors in Turkey will be helping and guiding you throughout this process with every detail explained carefully. For further information or if you would like to find out what method of procedure is suits you the best, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Mastopexy?

Mastopexy is the medical name for breast lift. In this procedure, a plastic surgeon lifts and reshapes your breasts to create a firmer, rounder appearance. The surgery also removes excess skin around your breast and reduces the size of your areola (the colored circle on your nipple).

2. What is the difference between breast lift (Mastopexy) and breast reduction?

The main difference in the procedures is that breast lift does not change the size of the breasts. They will not get any bigger or smaller, whereas breast reduction significantly reduces the size and weight of the breasts by removing more internal fat and tissue.

3. When should you consider Breast Lift?

You might consider a breast lift if:
  • Your breasts are sagging. They have lost their shape and volume or become straighter and taller,
  • When your breasts are not supported, your nipples fall under your breast folds,
  • Your nipples and areola point down,
  • If your areola is disproportionately elongated in relation to your breasts,
  • If your breasts are not at the same height.

4. Is Breast Lift procedure permanent?

Breast Lift results may not be permanent. As you age, your skin naturally becomes less elastic and some sagging may occur, especially if you have larger, heavier breasts. Maintaining a stable, healthy weight can help you maintain your results.

5. What about the recovery of this treatment?

Your breasts may be swollen and sore for several weeks after surgery. Your plastic surgeon will give you medicine that will relieve your pain. You can also apply ice to your breasts to relieve swelling and pain. You will need to wear a surgical bra or a wire-free bra for two to three weeks after surgery. You should also sleep on your back and support it with pillows keeping elevated. The pain, bruising, and swelling should go away after a few weeks. It may take between 2 and 12 months for your breasts to reach their final shape. You should avoid heavy lifting and other heavy exercises for at least two to four weeks after surgery.

How Does Process Work?

  • First Day: After your consultation with our medical consultant, you are found suitable for breast uplift surgery and booked your treatment for a specific date. Finally, the time for your departure has come so you take a flight to Izmir/Turkey for your treatment. After a few hours of flight, you are now in Izmir. Great! Now, our team in the field will pick you up from the airport with our VIP vehicle and take you to your hotel so that you can rest for the night and get ready for the big day.
  • Second Day: Good morning, you are now being picked up by our team from your hotel and taken to the hospital where your mastopexy surgery will be performed. There, you will get to discuss with our plastic surgeon about your concerns and requests, get your pre-operative tests done and be prepared for the surgery by our plastic surgeon. If everything is okay, you will be taken to the operating room. After the surgery that will take only 3-3.5 hours, you will be taken to your room in the hospital so that you can rest.
  • Third Day: Last day in the hospital. After your last check-up at the hospital, our plastic surgeon will explain you the post-pro instructions and then you will get discharged and taken by our team to your hotel to rest.
  • Fourth and Fifth Day: You can enjoy the city now, but you should do mind the post-pro instructions.
  • Sixth Day: It is now your last day in Izmir. You will be picked from your hotel by our field team and taken to the airport.

Pre-Op Instructions

  • For two weeks prior to surgery, do not take certain medications. If you need medication for a headache or other pain, please ask your doctor first. We will provide you with a list of medications you should not take during this period.
  • Make sure you discuss with your doctor any herbal or alternative medicine products that you take and whether or not these are safe to take prior to and immediately following surgery.
  • Notify us as soon as possible if you develop an illness, such as a cold, prior to surgery.
  • Do not smoke. Smoking is harmful to wound healing and increases the chance of complications. If you do smoke, you should inform your doctor and stop smoking for 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your surgery.
  • You should not drink alcohol the evening prior to your surgery, because this may dehydrate your body.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before surgery.
  • Take a bath or shower the evening prior to surgery or the morning of surgery.
  • Go to bed early and get plenty of sleep the night before surgery.
  • On the day of your procedure, do not wear any skin care products, makeup, deodorant, perfume, nail polish or powder.
  • Ask your doctor if you should take any of your regular medications on the morning of surgery. Generally, it is best to continue any blood pressure or blood sugar medications. These may safely be taken with a sip of water on the morning of surgery.

Post-Op Instructions

  • Mild swelling, bruising, mid-chest pain, unevenness, numbness and decreased sensation are normal at the first few days/weeks. Your body will recover as the time passes.
  • For the first 10 days after the surgery, do not take certain medications. Please contact us for further information.
  • Only use your prescribed medications by your doctor and contact us if you need to ask anything else. Take your antibiotics until they are finished.
  • Walking, climbing stairs, sitting and standing are helpful to prevent a blood clot forming in your body. However, exercises such as heavy lifting, running, tennis, contact sports, dancing etc. are forbidden for 3 weeks. You may massage your breasts as explained by your doctor.
  • The anaesthesia may make you feel nauseated in the first couple of days. It is wise to drink liquids and eat mild foods during this time.
  • Scars may become reddened before they fade. This is a normal process, so be patient. However, it is not recommended for you to tan your scars in the first 9 months following the surgery, as they are more sensitive and may tan darker (and possibly permanently) than the surrounding skin.
  • You can not sleep on your stomach or sides for 6 weeks. Sleeping on your back is crucial for your breasts’ healing.
  • It is recommended for you to take showers, not have baths. You can start taking showers after the first 2-5 days, but make sure to dry your wounds very well.
  • You shouldn’t wear an underwire or a push-up bra for 6 weeks. Keep wearing your medical bra.
  • You may expect some drainage on your strips covering your incisions. Your discomfort will start to fade gradually after 3-5 days.
  • Do not drive for the first week (due to seatbelt irritation over your chest).
  • Wear comfortable clothing that can be opened from the front, avoid wearing clothing you need to pull over your head.
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