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Breast reduction and uplift (MASTOPEXY)
Large breasts can be a significant problem for many women, and one that is often unrecognised in our community. You can have surgery to reduce the size of your breasts and to improve their uplift.
You may find the size of your breasts acceptable when you wear a bra, but you may be concerned about how much they droop when you're not wearing one. You can have surgery called mastopexy to lift your breasts up but not reduce their size. The techniques for uplift surgery are similar to those for breast reduction.
After the operation
You will usually spend 1 night in hospital, although this can vary.
Most people get back to normal levels of activity 3 to 4 weeks after the operation. However, you need to restrict vigorous exercise such as gym work for at least 6 weeks. Your breasts should be ready for a new bra fitting after 6 weeks.Your specialist will give you full information at your consultation about what to expect.
The end result
The operation leaves a scar around the nipple, below the nipple, and in the fold under the breast, where it is normally out of sight. The scarring when you have only uplift surgery is generally less extensive.
The results of these operations are usually very satisfying. With breast reduction, the outcome for you is:
- smaller and lighter breasts, with better uplift and shape
- improved comfort
- in many cases relief from back and neck pains, if you've had them
- less difficulty exercising and participating in sport.
With breast lift, you will have breasts with better uplift and shape.
Risk of complications
Breast reduction and uplift surgery is a significant procedure which leaves large wounds to heal, and complications are always a risk. Your specialist will inform you fully at your consultation of any possible complications.
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