Breast Lifting (Mastopexy)

Breast Lifting (Mastopexy) is a surgical method of the breast shape correction. Regardless of the size of the breast, there are situations when female breast undergoes irreversible changes, for example, after the childbirth, prolonged breastfeeding of the child, rapid weight loss or due to the age-related processes. Mastopexy involves the removal of the excessive sagging skin and formation of the new contours of the breast with the shift of the nipple position to a more appropriate place. Modern technologies in the hands of the highly specialised plastic surgeons of the GRACE Centre will give your breast a new harmonious and natural shape.

What is breast lifting?
This surgical intervention involves reducing the glandular tissue volume as well as removing the excessive skin in order to improve the appearance and shape of the breast. Along with the breast lifting, the specialists carry out a reduction of the areolas around the nipples.

Duration of operation: 50-90 minutes

Rehabilitation: 2-4 weeks

Our approach to breast lifting:

  • Most natural new-made form of breast taking into account the physiological characteristics of a patient.
    Unique 3D equipment to create an accurate 3D model after breast lifting.
  • Increased attention to the safety of our patients.
  • Reduction of rehabilitation period 2-3 times in comparison with other clinics.

Operation indications

  • Ptosis (breast descend) of varying degree.
  • Breast asymmetry.
  • Chronic dermatitis that occurs in the underbreast fold; swelling or maceration of the skin caused by insufficient ventilation of the skin due to the descended breast.

Psychological and other reasons of undergoing the operation

  • The breast has sagged, lost its elasticity and shape, the areolas have elongated.
  • The shape of the breast is flat and elongated from birth.
  • Without a bra, the nipples are below the under breast inframammary fold (located immediately under the mammary gland).

Mastopexy techniques

  • Periareolary Lifting The doctors select this method if the breast has descended slightly. In this case, for correction, it is enough to make a cut along the circumference of the nipple and carefully redistribute the mammary gland tissue. After this, the nipples are shifted to a new position; the sizes of their areolas are slightly changed. After the periareolar lifting, the scar is barely noticeable.
  • Lifting with Vertical Scar. It is performed in the form of an anchor and is used when the breast is significantly descended (degree 3-4) and/or to reduce its volume. The main principles of this operation are the following: shifting the nipple-areolar complex upwards on the cutaneous pedicle; reducing the volume of the cutaneous and glandular segments; shirting the outer and inner segments of the skin to the inferior central zone with the creation of an apple. To maintain the new-made shape, the internal (resorbable within 3 months) and external (intradermal) stitches made of high-quality suture material are put after the breast is fixed in the correct position. The active treatment of the wound with the help of special systems is required and lasts approximately 1 day. As a result, the cosmetic scar in the form of an anchor is formed: it is located around the alveola, vertically below it and in the under breast inframammary fold.

Potential complications
Potential risks of breast lifting include loss of sensitivity in the nipple area, inflammation of the tissues, swelling, and hematoma. However, the ten-year experience of the GRACE Centre doctors who use the high-quality technologies and medications and pay increased attention to safety minimise the likelihood of the above-mentioned risks at GRACE.

Self-preparation for surgery

  • 14 days before surgery, you should stop taking hormones and aspirin-containing drugs. If you cannot follow this recommendation, it is necessary to inform your surgeon about the systematic intake of these medications. Also, you should quit smoking or minimise it up to 2 cigarettes a day.
  • 7 days before surgery, it is necessary to exclude spiced and fatty foods as well as stop drinking alcohol.
  • In the evening before surgery, you it is recommended not take any food since for safe anesthesia, the stomach must be empty before surgery.
  • In the morning on the day of breast lifting, when arriving at the clinic, you should have comfortable clothes that not compress the breast and should not be pulled over, personal hygiene products, spare underwear and all necessary documents and test results with you.

On the day of the breast lifting, your mental and physical conditions should be calm. In the preoperative period, light physical exercises are advised: long walks, jogging, training in the gym. In addition, attention should be paid to adequate rest and balanced nutrition. In some cases, the intake of vitamins or, in the case of serious operations, preparations containing iron are prescribed.

Specific aspects of the postoperative period

  • During first 2 days, a patient is prescribed to stay in the inpatient unit a hospital and have rest. In the case of painful sensations, the doctor prescribes her painkillers.
  • During 5 days after the surgery, it is required to avoid sudden and quick movements with arms and raising arms above the level of shoulders as this case the excessive tension in the stitches.
  • During 2 weeks after the surgery, the aspirin-containing drugs intake is prohibited. During this period it is advisable to sleep on the back on several pillows and avoid sex.
  • During first 2-3 weeks after operation, it is necessary to exclude fatty, spicy, strongly salted, and fried food as well as alcoholic beverages and exotic fruits from the diet. You should avoid rough movements such as bending and turning your body or lifting weights.
  • During 1 month, it is necessary to minimise your physical activity, avoid lifting weights of more the 3 kg.
  • During 2 months after operation, it is not allowed attending steam bath, sauna, solarium as well as spending much time in the sun. During this period, active sports, including swimming, are not recommended.

During rehabilitation, the patients should include food rich in vitamins, micronutrients and all necessary substances in their diet.

The course of complete rehabilitation

Day 2 Discharge from the inpatient unit. It is allowed to have a shower.
In 10-14 days It is allowed flying.
In 3-4 weeks Compression garments can be removed. Returning life to normal.
In 1-2 months It is allowed to attend the sauna, solarium, and fitness centres.
In 2-4 months You can evaluate the result of the operation.

Detailed consultation is the key to a successful operation
The duration of the initial consultation at GRACE takes, on average, 40-50 minutes. This time is necessary to hear and understand as deeply as possible all the needs and desires of a patient. During the consultation, we always strive to help our patients to create the correct expectation about breast lifting. We will reconstruct the exact 3D-simulation of a new breast and simulate different variations of its final appearance using a unique equipment Vectra ХТ 3D according to a patient’s desires. Within 15 minutes, a patient will be able to see how her breast will look like after the surgery and make corrections according to her preferences.

To ask questions, please contact us by phone: +38 (044) 499-70-00


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