About Breast Lift
Breast Lift, also called Mastopexy or Breast repositioning, is a procedure which aims to improve the shape of the breast. It includes lifting the breast to improve the position. Some patients who have lost volume may also need an implant. As a result of age, breastfeeding and increased weight, the ligaments which contribute to the shape of the breast stretch and elongate, leaving the breast saggy. This is called ptosis.
During your initial consultation with Dr Ritz, he will discuss the procedure with you, pre operatively, what happens during the surgery and your post operative care, and any risks or complications involved, there are risks associated with any surgery no matter how big or small, it is important you are aware of them and understand them. He will ask you questions about your medical history, and about your breasts. Your breasts will be assessed, and measured, he will discuss with you your expectations and desired outcome. It is important you understand your options so you can make the right decision about your surgery.
You will have another consultation about 2 weeks prior to your procedure, to discuss the surgery again and answer any further questions you may have.
During the Surgery
On the day of surgery you will admit anywhere from 30 mins-2 hours prior to surgery depending on the hospital you are at, Dr Ritz will see you again and draw markings on you, the anaesthetist will also speak to you. An incision is usually made around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease, excess fat, tissue and skin are removed and the breast is repositioned into a better position.
Patients usually stay 1 night in hospital, you will have drain tubes in for 24 hours, once these are removed you can be fitted with a bra and go home.
You will come to our office on your way home from hospital to be fitted with a bra you are required to wear day and night for 6 weeks. We will see you weekly for check ups.
Post Operative Care
You are unable to drive for the first 2 weeks, you are also limited with physical activity, including heavy lifting and going to the gym for the first 6 weeks.