Mastopexy with implants: the ideal solution to lift and add volume to the breasts

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Mastopexy, also known as breast lift, is a plastic surgery that aims to lift and reshape the breasts. The surgery can be performed with or without the placement of breast implants.

If you are bothered by the sagging and lack of breast volume, a mastopexy with implants may be the ideal solution for you.

Mastopexy is recommended for women who experience sagging and breast ptosis due to aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, significant weight loss, among others).


Why choose a mastopexy with implants?

The combination of mastopexy with the placement of breast implants offers a complete solution for women who wish to correct sagging breasts and, at the same time, increase their volume. This way, it is possible to achieve firmer, lifted breasts with a fuller cleavage.


What kind of scar is left?

There are three main mastopexy techniques, which leave different scars:

Periareolar mastopexy

Incision is made around the areola.

Vertical mastopexy

Technique is used when the sagging of the breasts is more pronounced. The incision is made around the areola and vertically, going down to the breast fold.

‘T’ mastopexy

This technique adds an incision at the level of the inframammary fold.

The scar begins to become less and less visible over time, and generally after 6 to 12 months it is barely visible.


How is a mastopexy with implants performed?

Pre surgery

Each patient has unique characteristics and individual goals in relation to the shape and size of the desired breasts. A mastopexy with implants allows the procedure to be personalized, allowing the patient to choose the size, shape and profile of the implants according to their preferences and guidance of the plastic surgeon.

Before surgery, a thorough pre-surgical assessment will be carried out at Living Clinic, where the plastic surgeon will analyse your specific case and recommend the different options.

During surgery

The procedure consists of removing excess skin and breast tissue, repositioning the nipples and placing breast implants to also add some volume to the breasts.

Mastopexy surgery with implants is performed under general anaesthesia and lasts about 3 hours.

Post surgery

The post-operative period after mastopexy is generally uneventful. The patient may feel some pain and discomfort, but these symptoms are generally controlled with painkillers prescribed by the surgeon.

The Living Clinic surgeon will guide you to follow all recovery and post-operative care recommendations, including wearing a special surgical bra for approximately 6 to 8 weeks, adequate rest and the correct administration of prescribed medications. It is essential to follow all medical advice to ensure a smooth recovery and the best possible results.

Some of the aspects you should pay attention to after surgery include:

  • Avoid excessive physical strain in the first weeks: During the first weeks after surgery, it is recommended to avoid excessive physical strains and sudden movements that could compromise recovery. This period varies from patient to patient, but is typically 2 to 4 weeks.
  • Take the recommended medication: It is important to strictly follow medical recommendations regarding post-operative medication, which normally includes analgesics and anti-inflammatories to control discomfort and pain. Taking your medication as directed will reduce the chances of swelling and unnecessary pain.
  • Be present at post-operative appointments: Post-operative follow-up appointments are essential to ensure a smooth recovery and the best possible results. It is important to be present at all scheduled appointments, so that the surgeon can assess the progress of the healing process and advise on the necessary care.
  • Wearing a surgical bra: In the post-operative phase, it is necessary to use a special surgical bra, which helps to keep the breasts in the correct position and reduce swelling.
  • Return to physical activity only after the surgeon’s recommendation: Returning to physical activities should be done gradually and only after the plastic surgeon’s recommendation. Normally, recommendation is to start with light exercise, with increasing intensity over time.
  • Keep the surgical area clean and hydrated: Taking care of the hygiene of the intervened surgical area is essential to avoid infections and complications, so it is important to keep the area clean and hydrated. The use of moisturizing and healing creams will be recommended by the surgeon at the appropriate time.
  • Healthy eating and adequate rest: Healthy eating and adequate rest are essential for a faster and more effective recovery. A diet rich in protein and vitamins can help stimulate healing, while rest helps prevent fatigue and promotes relaxation in the body.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure: Prolonged sun exposure can cause hyperpigmentation and interfere with healing. Protect the operated area from the sun and use suitable sunscreen when going out.
  • Quit tobacco and alcohol: Smoking and consuming alcohol interfere with healing and increase the risk of complications after surgery. It is advisable to avoid these habits at least during the recovery period.
  • Drink plenty of water: Water is important for hydration and helping your body heal.


Which implants are used?

The implants used are certified by the MENTOR brand with the full range of coverings, formats, volumes and projections.


Recovery period

Recovery time from a mastopexy with implants is relatively quick. After 7 to 14 days you can return to work and, normally, after 4 to 6 weeks you can start exercising.

Each case will have a personalized approach depending on the patient’s activity.


What results to expect?

The results of breast lifting with implants are generally very satisfactory and long-lasting. Women who undergo surgery have more lifted, firmer and symmetrical breasts. Due to implants, the chest is normally more rounded and with a more pronounced neckline and a natural appearance.

In addition to the advantages mentioned above, mastopexy also allows the correction of the areola (if the woman is not satisfied with her appearance) or even the correction of the nipple (in cases of an inverted nipple).

The results of the surgery are, as a rule, definitive, as long as there are no radical changes in the size and shape of the breast (for example due to large changes in weight, breastfeeding, etc.).

You will certainly feel greater self-esteem and confidence after seeing the final result!


Who is eligible for this surgery?

It is important to note that not all women are candidates for this surgery. It may be contraindicated in cases of obesity or in women who intend to become pregnant in a short space of time, as fluctuations in body weight may interfere with the results of the surgery.

The patient must be in good health to undergo surgery and anaesthesia.

As smoking can negatively interfere with the healing process, the patient must be a non-smoker or be willing to stop smoking before surgery.

Before undergoing surgery, it is essential that the patient undergoes a detailed medical evaluation with the plastic surgeon, who will determine the suitability of the procedure for the patient’s specific case.

It is up to the plastic surgeon to evaluate each case individually to determine whether mastopexy with implants is the most appropriate option to achieve the cosmetic goals desired by the patient.


Price for a mastopexy with implants

The cost of mastopexy with implants will depend on several factors, such as the type of implant and the complexity of your case. For this reason, only in a consultation can you be given a quote for the surgery, based on your choices.

Schedule a consultation to find out the price of a Mastopexy with implants.


Mastopexy v.s. Mammoplasty

Mammoplasty and mastopexy are two breast surgeries, but they have different objectives:

Mammoplasty includes several procedures, such as breast augmentation (breast augmentation with breast implants and, in some cases, also with fat grafts) and reduction mammoplasty (also called breast reduction).

The main objective of a mammoplasty is to change the size and shape of the breasts, according to the patient’s needs or desires.

Mastopexy, on the other hand, is a specific surgical procedure that focuses on lifting and reshaping the breasts to correct for sagging. However, when a woman wants to lift her breast and, at the same time, increase its size, she can have a mastopexy with implants.


Why have a mastopexy with implants at Living Clinic?

At Living Clinic, safety and quality are priorities. Dr. Francisco Martins de Carvalho, the plastic surgeon responsible for mastopexy, is highly qualified and experienced, follows strict safety protocols and uses the most advanced techniques for a natural and uncomplicated result.

Furthermore, there is a high degree of personalization for any treatment or surgery at the Living Clinic. Patient satisfaction comes first and, therefore, we listen carefully and analyse your specific case in detail to recommend the best solution.

As expected, we also offer complete support before, during and after the procedure, to ensure you receive all the support you need.

When carrying out any surgery at Living Clinic, you can count on our team’s every effort to ensure the most natural and satisfactory results possible, as well as a smooth recovery without unnecessary complications.

In short, Living Clinic is an excellent choice for mastopexy surgery due to its highly qualified and experienced team, personalized approach, focus on well-being and natural results, as well as post-operative follow-up.

Mastopexia Before and After

mastopexia antes e depois

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Dr. Francisco Martins de Carvalho
Dr. Francisco Martins de Carvalho

Dr. Francisco Martins de Carvalho is a specialist in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. He completed his degree in Medicine at the School of Medicine of the University of Oporto and the Internship in Specific Training in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery took place at Hospital de São José (Lisbon) and Hospital de São João (Oporto).

Currently, he is also a plastic surgeon at the Hospital de São João – Oporto, and a Invited Lecturer at the School of Medicine of the University of Oporto.

In the field of cosmetic surgery, he has a special interest in facial cosmetic surgery, breast cosmetic surgery, body contouring surgery and vaginal cosmetic surgery.

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