Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, is popular amongst women who have sagging breasts through pregnancy, weight loss or simply thorough gravity and natural ageing. The surgery involves raising and reshaping sagging breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning remaining tissue and nipples. Often implants are used to help create a move attractive result.
Breast lift surgery is carried out under a general anesthetic and usually takes between 1-2 hours. Incisions will be made around the nipple and both above and below the breast. Implants are then inserted, incisions will be stitched and excess blood will be drained.
After breast lift surgery you will usually be able to leave the hospital after a day or two. Breast lift surgery will result in swelling and discomfort for 5-7 days after and you may be required to wear a support bra for up to 4-6 weeks. Non-dissolvable stitches will be removed after approximately 10 days. You will be required to take at least two weeks off work and strenuous activity must be avoided for six weeks.
Risks and side effects
As well as the risk of the general anesthesia, breast lift complications include infection and problems with wound healing. On occasions, fluid or scar tissue can form around the the implant and may require further surgery. Finally, patients can also be left with slightly uneven breasts (although most surgeons will correct this free of charge).
Cost and prices
The price of a breast lift depends on whether implants are used which obviously makes the treatment more expensive. In the UK a breast lift will cost between £3,500 - £5000. Having a breast lift abroad, can save you at least £1500. In Belgium for example some private clinics will perform the operation for just over £ 2,000.
NHS, private or abroad
Unfortunately breast lift surgery is highly unlikely to be available on the NHS. Mastopexy is mainly a cosmetic procedure and therefore the NHS very rarely perform the operation. However the surgery is widely available at most private cosmetic surgery clinics in the UK and abroad.
Is medical treatment abroad a good idea or is it less safe than in the UK?