The glandular tissue in the breast tends to recede after a pregnancy or weight loss and with increasing age, thereby causing the breast to sag. It can, however, be reshaped and lifted with tightening (mastopexy) surgery.
The operation is performed in the short-stay or longer-stay inpatient setting, under a general anaesthetic.
During the breast tightening procedure we remove excess skin and lift the nipple. The scars are either around the nipple or on the lower part of the breast as well. In the event of a virtual absence of glandular tissue the breast tightening surgery can be combined with an implant insertion (breast enhancement). We occasionally have to insert a drainage tube, which can be removed after one day. Absorbable sutures are used so there is no need to have any stitches removed.
After the operation a bra should be worn day and night and sporting activities such as jogging and riding should be avoided.
Reduced sensation in the nipple area may occur but improves over time in the majority of cases. Potential secondary bleeding, infections and unsightly scarring are treatable.