Mastopexy Surgery in Perth
Dr Nathan Stewart is a cosmetic plastic surgeon specialising in breast lift surgery in Perth. A breast lift involves reshaping the breast tissue and lifting the position of the breasts into a higher position. Breast lift surgery is not designed to alter the size of the breast tissue, but can be performed in conjunction with a breast augmentation surgery if desired.
People choose breast tightening or breast lift surgery to:
- Raise the position of the breasts
- Increase breast volume
- Increase breast firmness
- Decrease areola size
Risks and possible complications
- Adverse reactions to the anaesthetic medications such as respiratory problems or allergic reactions.
- Infection if the surgical wounds become infected, leading to pain and swelling.
- Abnormal scarring of the incision, depending on the individual, keloid scarring can occur.
- Numbness and reduced nipple sensation may occur, although it’s often temporary.
- Slow or delayed wound healing which is often dependent on the individual can prolong recovery.
- Accumulation of blood (haematoma) or fluid (seroma) may require drainage or additional procedures.
- Post-operative pain, soreness and discomfort are common in the first few weeks after surgery.
- Skin necrosis is rare but can occur if tissues are subject to inadequate blood flow leading to skin death.
- Blood clots in the legs (DVT) or lungs (pulmonary embolism) can form, however preventative measures are taken to reduce risks of this occurring.
- Individuals with pre-existing heart or lung conditions may face higher risks of cardiac and pulmonary complications.
- Allergic reactions can occur to surgical materials and dressings.
- Uneven or asymmetrical results can occur as the breasts may heal differently and the desired cosmetic outcome may not be fully achieved. Patients may experience emotional changes or dissatisfaction with the results. Over time, natural aging and the effects of gravity can alter breast appearance.
- Mastopexy surgery may impact on the ability to breastfeed successfully.
- Rare and uncommon complications include severe bleeding, nerve damage, or adverse reactions to anaesthesia.
Recovery after Mastopexy
- Pain and discomfort after surgery is minor. Paracetamol is usually enough to relieve pain.
- Take it easy for the first few days but moving around for short periods is recommended for improved circulation.
- A compression garment is recommended to reduce swelling for a 6-week period after surgery
- Swelling and bruising is common and will disappear in the first few weeks
- Returning to work and light activities can be resumed in a few days to 2 weeks depending on the type of activity. Over exertion will lead to increased swelling and soreness. Normal activities can resume at 6 weeks post-surgery.
Ready to see what differences a breast lift procedure can make? Then make sure to view our gallery page. If you have any questions or would like to know more about the procedure, contact Dr Stewart in Perth today.
Why choose Dr Nathan Stewart?
You need a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr Nathan Stewart in Perth to help reduce your chances of experiencing these dangerous complications. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons [FRACS] in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is currently a Consultant Specialist Plastic Surgeon at the Royal Perth Hospital and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Dr Stewart also consults in Bunbury at Saint John of God Bunbury Specialist Centre. Contact Dr Stewart and his team in Perth today to book a consultation.
Taking care of yourself after surgery
After any kind of breast surgery, it is important you take as much time as you need to rest and recover. You will be provided with a number of information sheets and checklists to prepare you for your recovery, including any symptoms to watch out for and tips to keep you as healthy and comfortable as possible during this time.
Following the procedure, you will likely experience some moderate discomfort, as well as bruising or tenderness. Dr Stewart will discuss your pain medication needs with you and tailor a dosage and schedule to suit your individual circumstances. Most symptoms will settle within 4 – 6 weeks.
Should you have any questions at any time, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr Stewart or the team.