Assoc. Prof. Çiğdem Karadağ

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Meme Dikleştirme - Doç. Dr. Çiğdem Karadağ - İstanbul

The breast tissue that does not have a structure containing muscle, which instead consists entirely of sebaceous and milk glands, loses its tight and fresh appearance over time due to gravity, aging, breastfeeding and rapid weight gain and loss. The nipple is in a position lower than normal due to sagging, and the fullness of the upper part of the breast is usually decreased due to the effect of sagging. This condition that causes a woman to psychologically feel bad is one of the issues that women are most sensitive to.

With breast lift surgery, it is possible to reduce breasts, or augment them by performing the procedure in conjunction with implant placement, depending on the condition of the breast tissue; and in this way, the breasts are reshaped and patients look younger with breasts that have a fuller appearance. If the patient is planning to get pregnant in the near future, it is recommended to postpone the breast lift surgery. Because the breast will lose its elasticity after the pregnancy or lactation period, it may get deformed again. The patient may also suffer problems with breastfeeding.

Before breast lift surgery, the patient’s family history of breast cancer, as well as her smoking habit and alcohol use should definitely be questioned. If necessary, the physician may request radiological examinations before surgery.

The patient should definitely talk to her physician about her expectation from the surgery, and the physician should plan breast reshaping surgery accordingly and based on the patient’s breast tissue and body measurements.

Preoperative planning of breast lift (recovery) surgery is very important. This surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia takes 2 to 3 hours. The techniques used vary depending on the condition of the breast tissue and the skill of the surgeon. During reshaping of the breast tissue, the sagging nipple is lifted, the brown area around the nipple (areola) is reduced if necessary, and the excess sagging skin is removed. The edges of the breast skin are brought together, and then the incisions are closed using sutures, surgical tapes or tissue adhesives.

If the volume of the sagging breast tissue is not adequate to provide the desired breast size during recovery, a breast implant is placed in the same session to obtain a more voluminous and fuller breast appearance.


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