Mammoplasty or breast surgery is one of the cosmetic procedures to reduce the breasts size in patients who have big or saggy breasts, or to increase small breasts size in order to reshape or improve the breasts. In this article we are going to explain different types of mammoplasty.
Reasons for having mammoplasty surgery:
Many woman have lots of mental and physical problems because of their large breasts, here are some of these problem:
- Having pain in breasts, neck, back and shoulders
- Having difficulties in doing some sport exercises
- Unpleasant changes in body shape
- Loosing self-confidence
The benefits of mammoplasty
A high percent of patients are totally satisfied with the outcome of their procedure. After the surgery because of the improvement of their breast shape they have developed more self-confidence. One of the other benefits of Mammoplasty is that the patient will have no difficulty in doing sports and physical activities. So we can say that this procedure not only makes your posture and body shape better but it also improves your life quality too.
Breast sensitivity after mammoplasty
Changes in nipple and areola sensitivity depends on the technique used for the surgery, not the amount of removed tissues. In some techniques, there is a possibility of nerve damages in nipple and areola.
Breastfeeding after mammoplasty
Incisions made around the areola can damage Lactiferous Ducts by cutting them, or cause nerve damages which will effect breastfeeding. But new techniques that nowadays are being used will save the breastfeeding ability.
Woman who are concerned about surgeries effects on breastfeeding, should discuss it with their surgeon during the consultation sessions.
Ideal candidates for mammoplasty procedure
You may be candidate for Mommoplasty surgery if you..
- Are physically healthy
- Are realistic about the procedures outcome
- Suffer from pain in their back and neck due to their breasts heavy weight
- If you don’t smoke
- You are bothered by feeling that your breasts are too large
- You have breasts that limit your physical activity
- You experience back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
- You have shoulder indentations from bra straps
- You have skin irritation beneath the breast crease
Preparations before the mammoplasty
The important point is that mammoplasty surgery must be operated by a proficient and experienced breast surgeon. Surgeon will analyze patient’s medical history and medical exams such as Mammography and Ultrasound Scan.
Your doctor needs to know about any kind of medicine or herbal supplements that you are taking. You must stop taking some medicines like Aspirin or contraception before your breast surgery.
There are several method and techniques for mammoplasty procedure. All of these techniques include removing the extra breast tissue, reshaping the breast and changing nipple’s position. The chosen technique depends on factors like patient’s physical condition and the outcome that the patient expects. In one of the most common techniques, one incision is made around the areola and the other is made from the bottom of the areola down toward the underlying breast crease. And a thin tube will be temporarily placed under the skin in order to remove extra discharge and liquid.
Mammoplasty Postoperative Care
After the surgery, bandages will be applied to the incisions in order to decrease inflation and inflammation, also to protect breasts till the full recovery is achieved.
Regarding physical activities, walking is highly recommended but you will need to avoid strenuous activities for up to 4 to 6 weeks. Be careful to keep the stitches totally clean. If you develop dry breast skin after the surgery, you can use lotions to solve this problem.
Recovery duration is different for every patient. For example in some patients, breast sensitivity will increase while some others feel numb but this numbness is temporarily.
Different kinds of breast lift
- Crescent breast lift
- Donut breast lift
- Vertical breast lift
- Anchor breast lift
Types of breast lift
There are 3 types for breast lift surgery:
- Breast augmentation
- Breast reduction
- Breast reconstruction
Breast lift (mastopexy)
Sometimes the patient’s skin is not strong enough to protect breasts and this causes saggy breasts (Ptosis). Breast lift is really helpful to resolve this problem. There are 3 main techniques for breast lift surgery:
- Wise pattern: The incision, in the shape of an anchor, goes around the chest and below the breast
- LeJeour: The incision goes around the areola and down
- Donut or peri-areolar. The incision goes around the areola only
Mammoplasty procedure risks
Mammoplasty surgery has some operational risk like any other surgery, including:
- Stitches separation
- Scar formation
- Tissue necrosis
- Puss formation
- Formation of capsular contracture