Laserplast
Mastopexy
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Mastopexy (or breast-lift) is a procedure in which breast ptosis (sagging bust) is corrected in shape and position. The breasts are made rounder and elevated, maintaining the nipple/areola complexes in position. Mastopexy may be combined with insertion of breast implants for augmentation if the breast volume is particularly reduced. Under general anaesthetic (only in the mildest cases can local anaesthetic and medical sedation be used instead), an incision is made in the skin. If the ptosis is minimal, the incision is only around the periphery of the areola (round block incision). If the ptosis is moderate then the incision is made around the periphery of the areola and vertically down to the inframammary fold where the breast joins the chest (key hole incision). A very short horizontal cut can also be added along the inframammary fold, in severe cases of ptosis. Excess skin is removed and the fibroglandular tissue of the breast is repositioned higher up, thus creating a rounder form. This procedure is always preceded by ultrasonography and/or radiology exams in order to exclude the possibility of existing pathologies.

TYPE OF TREATMENT
Surgical Procedure
INFORMED CONSENT REQUIRED
Yes
LENGTH OF EACH TREATMENT
1 – 1,5 hours
NUMBER OF TREATMENTS
1
TIME BETWEEN TREATMENTS
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TYPE OF ANAESTHETIC
General
SIDE-EFFECTS (ALSO TEMPORARY)
Pain and swelling for several days, controllable with medication. At the end of the procedure drainage tubes can be left in place, and removed 24-48 hours later. Possible risks are haematoma (accumulation of blood that very rarely requires surgical drainage) and seroma (accumulation of serous fluid that rarely requires surgical drainage). Necrosis, sometimes partial, of the nipple/areola complex can occur, although extremely rarely, and usually linked to the major surgery required in the most severe cases. This leads to poor-quality scars which often require a second surgery. Insensitivity of the nipple/areola complex: during surgery it is possible to damage, even only partially, the sensitive innervations of the nipple/areola complex. A temporary reduction in sensitivity is considered normal, but sometimes it may be permanent. Infections are very rare and controllable with medication. Pathological or keloidal scarring.
PRECAUTIONS AFTER TREATMENT
Avoid intense physical activity (including sexual) for 2-4 weeks after the procedure, avoid sunlight exposure, wear a supportive bra for 2-6 weeks after the procedure.
PRECAUTIONS BEFORE TREATMENT
No anticoagulant or antiaggregant medications for at least 4 days before the procedure; stop smoking