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Breast Lift Surgery


Breast lift surgery is an aesthetic breast operation, also known as mastopexy or breast lift surgery.


Look at your breasts in the mirror. If your nipples are above your chest crease, everything is fine. If it goes down to the level of this line, it can be said that you have mild sagging, and if it is below this line, you have severe sagging of the chest. This indicates that one day you may need breast lift surgery (you can also use the names mastopexy or breast lift surgery). In particular, nipples that point straight down indicate the burden of the situation.


There could be many reasons for this. There is a decrease in breast tissue due to hormonal reasons due to aging. This causes the inside of the chest to empty and sag. Breastfeeding mothers are also more prone to sagging. Breasts enlarge when full of milk and are discharged by breastfeeding. When this is repeated over and over, the breasts naturally sag. In addition, gravity pulls the breasts downwards, causing them to sag. In some cases, sagging begins at a very early age and is entirely due to the congenital weakness of the ligaments that carry the breast.


Breast lift surgery is actually an operation that gives very favorable results if done well. It is naturally possible to re-form the breast, to remove the drooping completely, and to enlarge or reduce the breast at the same time.
But the price of all this is the scars left on the chest. Currently, there is no known surgical technique that can lift the breast without leaving a scar.
The techniques used leave a real scar that extends all around the nipple where it meets the skin and under the breast. This trace continues under the chest in classical techniques and continues on the lower fold line.
In newer techniques, this under-track is not done.
Generally, we can accept that the more sagging the chest, the longer the scars left.

What is the difference between breast lift and breast reduction surgeries?

Basically, the only difference is that in one, the breast tissue is taken and the breast is reduced, in the other, only the sagging is removed. Technically, both surgeries are very close to each other.


In fact, the surgery can be seen as transforming one aesthetic problem (sagging) into another (trace). Therefore, this surgery may not be suitable for everyone. If the sagging of your breasts is moderate, if you think that you will be seriously disturbed by the scars, do not have this surgery. However, if you have significant sagging breasts and you say that nothing can be worse than this, this surgery is suitable for you. At the end of the surgery, you will have erect and well-formed breasts of the desired length.
How much to be disturbed by traces is also a very individual matter. My observation is that my patients with saggy breasts do not bother with these scars as much as I expected. I have never had a patient who said that I was very unhappy with my scars because I did this surgery very selectively. However, it should not be forgotten that this surgery leaves more scars than other surgeries, and the extent to which these scars will be evident will be related to the smoothing factors of the patient.


It’s hard to say yes to this question, but if obvious techniques are used, you can probably breastfeed normally. What is valuable for breastfeeding is that the nipple, milk ducts and milk glands are never touched during the operation. In other words, if you lift the nipple from the ground and carry it above (there are such techniques, for example), you will be more likely to not be able to breastfeed. However, if the technique known as “central pedicule” is used, the nipple, ducts and glands are kept as a single module and you will not have a problem with breastfeeding.

Can breast prostheses correct sagging breasts?

Unfortunately, it usually doesn’t fix it. In relatively rare cases, it can fill the breast tissue and keep the nipple, which is basically at the level of the lower chest, slightly above. Remember that the only purpose of breast prostheses is to enlarge the breast.

Is it possible to have a scarless breast lift?

Unfortunately this is not possible either. When you take the nipple from the bottom and carry it up with the whole breast tissue and collect the breast, you inevitably have to leave a trace.

How much do scars bother me?

It’s hard to say, but if you’re generally happy with your breasts and just want them to be a little bit steeper, it can be very uncomfortable. Remember, this surgery is for really sagging breasts and only these patients can be happy after this surgery.


As with any surgery, bleeding and infection are among the problems you may encounter after this surgery.
It is almost impossible to have significant bleeding in this type of surgery. Bleeding may be in the form of blood accumulation, or “hematoma”, on one side of the chest. Your doctor may take you to the operating room and want to clean this accumulation and stop the bleeding, if it continues..;
Similarly, a unilateral swelling around the fifth day after the operation may be a sign of infection. Re-assay will be clear of infection and natural antibiotic therapy.
Skin loss, although rare again, is in the midst of possible complications. It is mostly seen in patients who smoke after surgery. The skin takes a hard form of black color and may need to be dressed for a long time. One way to shorten this period is to clean the dead skin with a small intervention. Just like the skin problem can be seen on the nipple. As a result of dressing for a while, these kinds of problems often become beautiful beyond predictions. Don’t start smoking just because nothing will happen. Remember that the first two weeks after surgery are critical.
Wound healing problems are mostly caused by thick sutures used in surgery. They get better after a few days of dressing.
Aesthetic issues: Asymmetry is in the midst of problems that may be encountered after this surgery. Significant asymmetries may require retouching surgery. Of course, there is always the possibility that you will not like your breast shape as a result of this surgery. In this case, you have the chance of a second surgery. It is usually easy to correct asymmetries. The most troublesome deformities are the cases where the nipple is lifted too high. While it is easy to lift the breasts surgically, it is much more difficult to make them sag.


  • Have and keep a control mammogram strictly before surgery.
  • Stand in front of the mirror and decide how sagging your breasts are. If your nipple is below the fold line under your breast, you are a good candidate for surgery.
  • With this surgery, the breasts can be shaped like a miracle, but it is inevitable that there will be scars on the chest.
  • The larger and drooping the breasts, the greater the scarring of the surgery will be.
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