Mr Olivier Amar says: “Patients often tell me that their breasts have changed with age or after having children. This can often affect their self-esteem. Patients do not necessarily want bigger or smaller breasts, but rather wish to restore a firm and youthful contour. A breast lift can help women feel more confident personally and in her social life.”
WHAT IS A BREAST LIFT?
A breast lift — also known as mastopexy, breast reconstruction or breast uplift surgery — is a surgical procedure to lift and reshape sagging or drooping breasts, giving them a more uplifted appearance. This procedure can improve the shape and projection of the breasts but will not make your breasts bigger or smaller, so it is ideal for women who are generally satisfied with the volume of their breasts.
Some patients may choose to combine a breast lift with breast augmentation or breast reduction surgery. Mr Olivier Amar will discuss all your options during your initial consultation. Mr Olivier Amar also offers advanced Crisalix 3D Surgery Simulator software to help patients make the right decision for themselves. This computerised imaging system allows patients to visualise an approximation of their new shape, helping them to better understand the potential outcomes of surgery.
WHY CONSIDER A BREAST LIFT?
Breasts tend to lose shape and firmness over time – often as the result of pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations or loss of the skin’s natural elasticity.
The female breast consists of glandular tissue, connective tissue such as ligaments which support the breast, fat for fullness and the skin, which, when firm and tight, holds the breast in position. All of these elements are subject to change due to time, gravity, hormones and weight fluctuations.
Some common reasons for seeking a breast lift include:
- You feel your breasts have always been lower on the body than you would prefer. This may be caused by genetics. Some patients have breasts that have naturally developed this way and larger breasts are more prone to drooping due to their weight.
- Your breasts have volume only in the lower part of the breast while the upper part is flat.
- Your nipples point downwards.
- Your breasts have lost firmness and projection after pregnancy and breastfeeding. This is due to hormonal changes and stretching of the ligaments that hold the breasts in place.
- You have low or sagging breasts due to changes in your weight. Significant weight loss is a common cause of loss of breast volume and an increase of loose skin.
- Your breasts are less firm because of ageing and the menopause. Gravity stretches ligaments over time, while hormonal changes at the menopause can make breasts less dense as breast tissue is replaced by fat. This process can make breasts soften and sag.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PROCEDURE?
For your safety, Mr Olivier Amar personally examines every patient and takes a medical history before considering the correct course of treatment for them. Mr Olivier Amar is an experienced breast surgeon who understands how a woman’s body can affect her confidence and self-esteem. He treats every patient with discretion and the utmost sensitivity.
During breast uplift surgery, loose sagging skin is removed, breast tissue tightened and the nipple and areola – the skin around the nipple – restored to a higher position.
Surgery can lift breasts of any size, but results tend to last longer on smaller breasts due to the weight of the breast.
Some scarring is inevitable. However, these scars should soften and fade with time. Mr Olivier Amar is dedicated to the management, prevention and improvement of scars.
Breast reduction surgery can affect your ability to breastfeed. If you are hoping to breastfeed in the future, you should take this into consideration. If you are considering breast surgery and you have recently breastfed, we recommend that you wait 6 months allow the breast to settle down before opting for surgery.
Prior to breast lift surgery, an ultrasound or mammogram will be required in order to check the breast tissue.
BREAST LIFT WITH AUGMENTATION
Some patients already have sufficient breast tissue to fill the shape of their newly lifted breast and restore firmness. However, ageing and hormonal changes may mean that patients no longer have enough fat and tissue, or they may wish to have a fuller breast than before. In these cases, Mr Olivier Amar can offer augmentation by implants or fat transfer to give you your desired size and shape. Augmentation can be performed at the same time as the breast lift.
NON-SURGICAL UPLIFT WITH AUGMENTATION
If only the upper pole of the breast has lost volume and become flat, a carefully placed implant may be able to restore the curve of the upper breast, lift the nipple and create a naturally uplifted appearance without uplift surgery and with less scarring.
Fat transfer is another way to add volume to flat areas of the breast, restoring the firmness of the skin, while at the same time allowing you to reduce fat elsewhere in the body, such as the abdomen and thighs. This may have the benefit of improving the harmony and overall proportions of the silhouette and involves less scarring than uplift surgery.
All breast procedures are performed by Mr Olivier Amar as day surgery. Breast lift surgery is performed under total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA), a technique of anaesthesia which uses a combination of agents given exclusively via the intravenous route without the use of gas anaesthesia. This means you will sleep comfortably throughout the procedure yet wake immediately afterwards with a significantly reduced likelihood of feeling groggy or nauseous.
The anaesthesia will be explained to you by your Anaesthetist during the preoperative consultation. Having surgery with TIVA allows you to go home the same day to rest and recuperate in comfort. Mr Olivier Amar’s practice is happy to arrange the procedure at a hospital with an overnight stay facility if you wish or assist with a nurse to stay with you overnight, as well as helping you find local accommodation after your surgery if necessary.