Breast lift or mastopexy is a plastic surgery for raising and reshaping the breasts in order to achieve a new, youthful breast contour.
You will find a rich selection of clinics offering breast uplifts in Turkey, particularly in the country’s cultural capital, Istanbul.
Breast lift procedure
Breast lift surgery takes about three hours and is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.
Incisions are made around the nipples and the breast tissue is lifted into the proper position and reshaped. The nipples are placed on the most natural position. When needed, excessively large nipples are reduced. Any excess skin is removed.
Mastopexy Patient profile
Mastopexy is usually sought by patients seeking to correct the shape of sagging breasts which may also cause enlarged nipples positioned too low in the breast area.
You should be healthy, have fully developed breasts, at a stable weight and ideally a nonsmoker in order to have a breast uplift.
Breast lift Costs
Costs of breast lift surgery can vary widely according to the surgeon’s experience and the exact type of procedure. Costs of mastopexy in Turkey, along with many other cosmetic procedures, are much lower compared to Europe and the US.
In most cases, mastopexy is considered a cosmetic surgery and therefore not covered by health insurance.
Always inquire about the full price which takes into account not only the price of surgery, but additional costs such as anesthesia fees, operating room facilities and hospital costs, examinations, second procedure cost if necessary, etc.
During breast lift surgery consultations, the following is discussed: surgical goals; medical history, particularly previously done mammograms and biopsies and family history of breast cancer; substances used currently, including medications, supplements, alcohol, drugs and tobacco; current health status; the expected outcome; postoperative care and potential complications.
The size and shape of breasts are measured and examined as well as the nipples and surrounding skin. Photographs are taken and options for the breast uplift are discussed, after which the surgeon recommends an appropriate course of treatment.
It is advised to make full use of the consultation appointment in order to make as informed of a decision as possible. It is important for the success of the breast uplift to honestly answer to all of the surgeon’s inquiries and openly ask about anything requiring clarification.
Before a Breast lift
The following might be asked of you before having your breast lift:
- Getting tests for medical evaluation; a mammogram is usually required before and after the surgery
- Abstaining from nicotine
- Abstaining from aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements
- Taking specific medications or adjusting current medication
Postoperative care & recovery
After breast lift surgery, the breasts are covered with gauze and bandages as they heal. Thin tubes might be placed under the skin for draining any build-up of excess blood or fluids. The stiches are removed within two to three weeks.
You are instructed on what medication to use for healing and how to take care of the chest area during your recovery. A follow-up appointment is arranged.
The skin in the incision area should always be handled gently without exposure to any abrasive motion. Any form of physical straining should be avoided for at least four to six weeks after your mastopexy.
The results of the breast uplift are noticeable immediately after the surgery, but several months are needed for the final results. Scars remaining after the breast uplift are permanent but fade over time and are in some cases concealed by the natural breast contours.
It is advised to make inquires with your surgeon concerning the period immediately after the mastopexy and during recovery. You may have questions about where you will be placed after the surgery, what medications you will be given, and when to arrange an appointment for follow-up care.
Breast lift surgery is not intended for changing the size of your breasts or achieving a rounder shape at the upper area of the breasts – for these issues a breast enlargement or a breast reduction would be recommended. These procedures can be performed at the same time as a breast lift in most cases.
In some cases, multiple surgeries are needed for the best results.
The results of mastopexy are permanent, but can be altered through significant weight fluctuations, aging and gravity. Maintaining your weight as well as a healthy lifestyle are recommended in order to preserve the results of your mastopexy.
Breast uplifts are not recommended for individuals considering pregnancy anytime in the future because the resulting changes in the body can reverse the results of the surgery.