Similar to breast reduction, this is performed in cases in which the breasts, without being excessively large in size, have fallen significantly due to pregnancies, breastfeeding or the passage of time. The goal of the surgery is to lift, reposition and firm the breasts. In very deflated breasts, or if the patient also wishes to increase their size, implants are used to improve their size and positioning.
The surgery lasts between 60 and 120 minutes. Anaesthesia may be local, with sedation, or general.
A hospital stay of 24 hours is required. The scars may be periareolar and may also affect the submammary crease. All suturing is done meticulously to obtain the thinnest and shortest scars possible, but you should expect post-operative scars.
Recovery is uncomfortable during the first two or three days while you are wearing the gauze dressing; this will later be replaced with a special bra, allowing you to resume your normal life in two to five days. For some patients, it may be advantageous to adjust and improve the scar, under local anaesthesia, six months after the procedure.
The scars will become less noticeable with time, but they will not disappear entirely. Time does not stand still with these types of surgery. New pregnancies and additional breastfeeding can cause the results to deteriorate.