Breast Lift

BREAST LIFT: Restoring a youthful looking breast Over the past years, breast lift has become a very common procedure. Factors such as genetics, the aging process, pregnancy and breast feeding, weight gain or loss, and even hormonal fluctuations can cause breasts, that were once firm and shapely, to sag and droop. Breast Lift is known in the plastic surgery world as mastopexy. It is a surgery that aims to remove the excess breast tissue and skin and can help restore a firmer, shapelier breast and improve body contours.

Surgical/Procedure Name

Mastopexy

Common Name

Breast Reduction

Surgical Procedure

The surgeon starts by assessing the required lift and fullness needed to achieve the desired outcome. The location of the new nipple position will be based on breast size and shape, position, size of the areola and degree of sagging. Using a scalpel, the surgeon then makes an incision along the pre-marked lines and separates the skin from the tissues below. The excess breast fat and skin is then removed, the nipple relocated to its new position and finally the new breast shape is reconstructed.

There are various techniques in reshaping breast and removing breast skin. The following are the types of incision sites:

• Donut Lift or Peri-Areolar Incision. This technique is recommended for woman with mild to moderate degree of breast sagging. The surgeon makes the incision around the perimeter of the areola only.
• Vertical or Lollipop Incision. This is the most common technique used in breast lift surgery. This is recommended for woman who has moderate degree of breast sagging. The surgeon makes the incision around the perimeter of the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease.
• Inverted T or Anchor Incision. This technique is commonly used for woman with massive degree of breast sagging. The surgeon makes the incision around the perimeter of the areola, vertically down from the areola to the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease. This is often used for breast lift in conjunction with a breast reduction.
• Crescent Lift Incision. This technique is less commonly used as this is performed to woman with minor sagging and usually in conjunction with breast implants. The incision lies just along the upper half of the areola. A full lifting is not achieved with this procedure compared to other techniques.

Hospital Admission

The surgeons recommend a one night hospital admission

Duration of Operation

The procedure may take four to six hours.

Anaesthetic

Breast Lift is done using General anaesthesia in which the patient is asleep for the surgery.

Pre Operative Care

Surgeons advised that patients to do the following prior to the mastopexy surgery to avoid post operation bleeding or any complications: • Inform the surgeon of any allergies, all medical conditions, and any medication that the patient are taking (both prescription and non-prescription) • Avoid aspirin and any medication containing aspirin or brufen for two weeks before surgery. • Avoid smoking for two weeks as smoking can affect body’s reaction to the anaesthetic and slow down the healing process. • Checkup for any major medical problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease During your consultation, you should discuss your expectations of the outcome of the surgery and listen to the surgeon’s opinion.

Post Operative Care

After Breast Lift, the patient may experience some pain associated with the surgery. When the procedure is completed, a patient is advised of the following:

• Bandage and support garment. The patient breast will be wrapped in elastic bandages, gauze dressings and a surgical bra. A couple of days after surgery the pressure bandages will be removed. The surgical bra must be worn at all times for several weeks until the swelling and bruising subsides, or until your surgeon advises you otherwise. You should only remove the surgical bra to bathe and to wash the garment.
• Surgical Drainage. A small tube may be placed in each breast to drain blood and fluids for the first day or two.
• Swelling and bruising. The extent of the post operative swelling and bruising depends on whether you tend to bruise or swell easily.
• Stitches and Wound Care. Most of the surgeons use non-dissolvable sutures which will be taken out after a week. If the breast skin is very dry following surgery, a moisturizer can be applied several times a day. Vitamin E cream is extremely effective and also helps the scarring to heal, however, the suture area must be kept dry at all times, particularly after bathing. They may be red for months, and then slowly become fainter, eventually fading to thin white lines. The surgeon will try to ensure that your incisions as subtle as possible, however the patients are advised that the scars are extensive and permanent.
• Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise. For the first few months, it is important not to place tension on the wound by performing strenuous activities like lifting or stretching your arms above your head, as this may increase scarring by stretching the tissue. The patient will only be able to resume to regular activities after two weeks, although you should abstain from heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for several months.
• Recovery. Recuperation usually takes about two weeks. Most people are back to work after three weeks.

Risks and Complications

Risks are inherent to any surgical procedure. But do not worry, all precautions are taken by Plastic Surgery Phuket’s surgeons to avoid these risks.

Here are the most common risks of this surgery:

• Swelling
• Bruising
• Bleeding
• Infection
• Fluid
• Long and heavy Scarring
• Numbness
• Changes or loss of nipple sensation due to damage nerve and blood supply of the nipple

Breast lift does not prevent future breast-feeding as a breast reduction can. Scars will fade gradually but nipple numbness may take up to 12 months before sensation returns.

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Pricing Table

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Phuket

Procedure Price
Breast Lift without implants (First degree breast ptosis) (G.A.)
Op. Time: 3 - 4 hours, Hospital: 2 nights, Stay: ≥ 10 days
THB 150,000  Get Quote
Breast Lift without implants (Second degree breast ptosis) (G.A.)
Op. Time: 4 - 5 hours, Hospital: 2 nights, Stay: ≥ 10 days
THB 170,000  Get Quote
Breast Lift without implants (Third or severe breast ptosis) (G.A.)
Op. Time: 4 - 5 hours, Hospital: 2 nights, Stay: ≥ 10 days
THB 190,000  Get Quote
Breast Lift with implants (Third degree breast ptosis) (G.A.)
Op. Time: 5 - 6 hours, Hospital: 2 nights, Stay: ≥ 10 days
THB 220,000  Get Quote
Breast Lift with implants (Second degree breast ptosis) (G.A.)
Op. Time: 5 - 6 hours, Hospital: 2 nights, Stay: ≥ 10 days
THB 200,000  Get Quote
Breast Lift with implants (Severe degree breast ptosis) (G.A.)
Op. Time: 6 - 8 hours, Hospital: 2 nights, Stay: ≥ 14 days
THB 270,000  Get Quote
Breast Lift with implants (First degree breast ptosis) (G.A.)
Op. Time: 4 - 5 hours, Hospital: 2 nights, Stay: ≥ 10 days
THB 190,000  Get Quote

Bangkok

Procedure Price
Breast Lift: First degree (G.A.)
Op. Time: 3-4 hours, Hospital: 2 nights, Stay: ≥ 10 days
THB 142,000  Get Quote
Breast Lift: Second degree (G.A.)
Op. Time: 4-5 hours, Hospital: 2 nights, Stay: ≥ 10 days
THB 160,000  Get Quote
Breast Lift: Third or Severe degree (G.A.)
Op. Time: 4-5 hours, Hospital: 2 nights, Stay: ≥ 10 days
THB 180,000  Get Quote
Breast Lift with Implants: First degree (G.A.)
Op. Time: 4-5 hours, Hospital: 2 nights, Stay: ≥ 10 days
THB 180,000  Get Quote
Breast Lift with Implants: Second degree (G.A.)
Op. Time: 5-6 hours, Hospital: 2 nights, Stay: ≥ 10 days
THB 190,000  Get Quote
Breast Lift with Implants: Severe degree (G.A.)
Op. Time: 6-8 hours, Hospital: 2 nights, Stay: ≥ 14 days
THB 256,000  Get Quote
Breast Lift with Implants: Third degree (G.A.)
Op. Time: 6-8 hours, Hospital: 2 nights, Stay: ≥ 14 days
THB 231,000  Get Quote

L.A.= Local Anesthetic  G.A.= General Anesthetic

Note:

  • Prices are quoted and charged in Thai Baht currency.
  • All other prices in foreign currency are according to prevailing currency exchange rates.
  • Prices are indicative only, can change without notice and are not confirmed until after a surgeon’s consultation.
  • Anesthesia. G.A. means General Anaesthesia. L.A. means local anaesthesia.
  • Duration (HR) means the approximate time in hours to complete the procedure in the operating room.
  • Days Admitted means the approximate number of days a patient is admitted to the hospital. If no days admitted are indicated, the patient is not admitted and is treated as an out patient.
  • Recommended Stay in Phuket means the usual minimum number of days that a patient is usually required to stay in Phuket. It includes an arrival day, an appointment with the surgeon’s day, admission and surgery, recovery days as well as a final appointment day prior to patients returning home.

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