Breast Lift - Dr. Yavuz Özsular

Breast Lift

Operation Period
1-2 Hours
12 Days
Hospital Stay
1 Night
Dressing Period
8 Days
4 Weeks

Breast Lift (Mastopexia)

Breast lift (also known as mastopexia) corrects your sagging breasts without reducing their volume. In this surgery, your nipple and breast tissue will get lifted, giving you lifted, fuller, and firmer breasts.

Why Do Women Need A Breast Lift?

When your breast sags, it removes the volume from your nipple and drags your breast tissue downwards due to various reasons. Many women thus find saggy and asymmetrical breasts annoying because they affect their appearance. Such breasts make it difficult for women to wear a bra,, walk, jog, buy clothes, swim, choose bikinis and swimwear, and enjoy their private and daily lives.


Breast lift:

  • Corrects breast asymmetry
  • Makes both of your breasts approximately the same size, and give them the same fullness
  • Lifts your nipple and breast tissue
  • Makes your breasts look more upright and firm
  • Tightens saggy breast skin
  • Eliminates skin problems beneath breast fold
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    During a pre-operative exam, Dr. Ozsular first will listen to your expectations and complaints. Next, he’ll measure how much your breasts have sagged, the distance between your shoulder and breasts, alongside your height, weight, age, shoulder width, waist circumference, and physique – all to decide which surgery will best suit you as well to design your breasts.

    This surgery will leave scars. Your doctor will inform you about the location and size of the scars.

    Next, he’ll photograph your breasts from different angles for medical records and planning and construct a preview from them using photographs and simulation to show you what your new breasts may look like.

    He will explain everything to you about the procedure, how to prepare for it, and what to do after it.

    Before undergoing the surgery, you need to be in full agreement as well as in full communication with your doctor. You’ll be informed about possible scars and their location. You need to be ready yourself both physically and psychologically, and feel as comfortable/confident as possible.

    Before the surgery, an ultrasonography or mammography should be taken according to your age and your blood values should be controlled.

    If you smoke, you should quit three weeks beforehand. Also, Dr. Ozsular may tell you to temporarily stop using certain medications – in which case you should do so.

    If you take aspirin or any form of anticoagulant, tell Dr. Ozsular and continue only if he tells you to do so.

    Try to reduce how much salt you consume as well a few days before the surgery. This will reduce your risk of developing edema.

    You are allowed to eat as well as drink water until 00:00 (12 AM) the night before your surgery. Since the surgery will be conducted under general anesthesia, you will need to fast for at least six hours prior to the procedure. (If you forget to do so, your surgery may be postponed or canceled.)

    Don’t put on make-up.

    Don’t wear nail polish or enamel.

    Don’t wear wigs. Don’t wear any jewelry (including piercings) – your body should be free of metal.

    Also, don’t forget to put together an overnight bag – including loose clothes (preferably with zippers/buttons),– before you come in for the surgery. You also should wear comfortable sneakers.

    On the morning of the surgery, you will be taken to your room to rest. Your final preparations for the surgery will be conducted. Dr. Ozsular and his assistant will come and visit you.

    After the administration of general anesthesia for your operation, the doctor begins to shape your breasts as planned.

    Photographs are taken at the end of the operation, nerve blockade is applied via local anesthesia, and your dressing is done. Then, your special protective bra is worn and you are slowly awakened. Local anesthesia applications allow you to wake up comfortably, without any pain.

    You do not feel any pain and ache while awaking from the surgery.

    You may feel dizzy for the first few hours after the surgery– this is caused by the effects of general anesthesia. This is normal and temporary. You’ll be able to eat a light soup 3-4 hours after the surgery.

    Since the operation is performed under general anesthesia, you won’t feel any pain whatsoever. During your stay in hospital afterwards, you’ll be given strong analgesics so that you don’t feel stiff or any discomfort. It is normal to feel pain for the first 2 – 3 days after the discharge and use of analgesics will help you to be comfortable

    Don’t remove your special protective bra for at least 6 to 8 days after the surgery. If you have a drain in you, it’ll get removed the following day. You’ll be asked to stay overnight after the surgery because it is conducted under anesthesia.

    You may develop slight ecchymosis or edema depending on how your body reacts to the trauma – this is normal and temporary

    If you want to heal faster, be sure to eat a balanced diet heavy in animal- and vegetable-based protein. Also, try not to smoke.

    Make sure to protect your breasts from strikes at all costs. You may also experience light bleeding around your incision site for the first three days – this is normal. However, if you experience excessive bleeding, then please notify your doctor or go to your doctor or a clinic/hospital immediately.

    You’ll need to rest for the first five days. You can spend this process by resting, sunbathing, and taking light walks. You may have trouble sitting, standing and walking. You are not allowed to run or to lift anything heavy, and you must protect your new breasts from any impact. Although this is an interesting and exciting process, you shouldn’t remove your special bra.

    Your first control will take place 5 to 7 days after the surgery. We will change your bandages then and allow you to take a shower.

    Don’t forget to take your medications as they’ve been prescribed to you.

    You’ll be able to go for slow walks, return to work, and return back to your normal life a week later – provide you avoid doing any heavy labor.

    You’ll need to wear an uplift bra for minimum 4 weeks after the surgery to make new shape of your breasts permanent.

    You’ll be able to exercise and do light stretching 15 to 20 days after the surgery – except for moving your arms and breasts.

    You’ll be able to return to your normal life two months later.

    They will be more lifted than normal and won’t have a natural appearance for the first three weeks after the surgery – which is when your edema will subside and your tissues cast themselves. Your breasts will have taken their final look three months later.

    Yes, this surgery will cause scarring. Dr. Ozsular will give you more details about the position, location, and shape of the scars during your pre-operative examination.

    Most patients are only left with faint scarring depending on their skin structure and how they heal after surgery. In some patients, the scars are more prominent. Although rare, wound site will heal by swelling in the patients with poor wound healing.

    However, it doesn’t matter how they heal, they won’t be visible as they’ll be hidden beneath your bra/bikini.

    Dr. Ozsular will give you anti-scarring moisturizing creams to use on a regular basis (with certain dates and amounts). If you follow his instructions, your scars will become indiscernible.

    The correct surgical technique, meticulous sutures, and your surgeon’s experience also all play an important role.

    Quitting smoking will help your wounds heal faster, too.

    The above said, no matter what you do (extra procedures, creams, lasers…), this surgery WILL ABSOLUTELY LEAVE A SCAR. However, your skin’s structure, your quality of life, and whether you eat healthy or not will all affect its severity – positively or negatively.

    Women don’t have equally sized or equally full breasts in general. However, this difference is often indistinguishable to the naked eye, and thus not troublesome in any way.

    Some patients come into the surgery with one breast looking more saggy and larger than the other – even though the differences are small in some patients with large breasts. We will try and correct that to both breasts as symmetrical – and thus as balanced as possible.

    After the surgery, you nevertheless should maintain your weight and wear uplift bras. If you don’t do so, your breasts will sag as you age – as with other people.

    If you gain or lose large amount of weight after the surgery and don’t wear an uplift bra, then your breasts may sag somewhat.

    In case of excessive weight gain, the fat tissues in your breasts will grow. We cannot prevent that, unfortunately.

    You who have never breastfed before, have not given birth to a child and have undergone breast lift surgery, may or may not experience deformation as in normal people after pregnancy and breastfeeding. As long as you wear a bra and – if after pregnancy – you don’t gain too much weight, then your breasts won’t sag like they used to. Breast asymmetry can occur when infants suck on one breast but refuse the other.

    Yes, the most frequently encountered patient group is those who have either given birth multiple times, are advanced in age, have not used bra after pregnancy or are genetically predisposed (to sagging breasts).

    However, we also encounter young women between 18 and 20 who have sagged breasts, and have never given birth.

    No, this surgery won’t affect your mammary glands and lactiferous ducts. However it may cause you to lactate less because your breast tissue has been displaced upward. However, this doesn’t mean that you’ll never be able to breastfeed again.

    If you plan on becoming a mother in the future, we perform the surgery based on preserving the mammary glands and lactiferous ducts by considering the possibility of breastfeeding in the future

    If you’re of an advanced age and don’t plan on getting pregnant/becoming a mother, then we can remove your larger tissues via more radical surgeries.

    You may be eligible for this surgery if:

    • You are over the age of 18
    • Have no plans on getting either married or pregnant in the near future. (Note: if you are planning on getting pregnant, then you should have this surgery after you’ve had your baby).
    • Have tubular breast defect (also referred to as goat breasts)

    If you’ve already had your baby, then:

    • Are you planning on having a second/third?
      • If yes, then have this surgery after you’ve had all your children.
      • If no, then do so 6 months after you’re done breastfeeding.

    We frequently encounter this problem in women who’ve given birth and breastfed. Their breasts appear saggy. When you’re pregnant, your breasts swell. After you breastfeed, they lose their fullness/volume, wrinkle, and sag; your nipples face downward. Many thus try to hide them with a bra. Some lose so much volume after pregnancy that they’re no longer able to put on their old bras used before pregnancy.

    Sometimes, your breasts may sag when you lose a lot of weight, because you lose fat layer underlying breasts. Some people’s skin is flexible and elastic enough to tolerate this. Others are not so fortunate – their breasts sag, droop, and lose volume.

    To correct this, you can have:

    • Breast lift
    • Stem cell-enriched fat transfer
    • Breast implant
    • Both stem cell-enriched fat transfer + breast implant

    Both procedures can be planned for you if you have sufficient breast tissue, but are looking for a little more fullness and vitality around your upper pole area. Some of the fat that we transfer melts away; the rest remains.

    You’re breasts become fuller and you get to enjoy the miraculous effects that the stem cells offer you.

    First, we will extract a fair amount of fat from any part of your body (e.g. abdomen, waist circumference, hips..) via liposuction, and then process and filter it in an air-tight to obtain stem cell-rich fat.

     Next, we will inject stem cell-rich fat transfer to your volume-less skin to give it subcutaneous volume and vitality. Your own tissue bond with and adapt to other tissues, thus giving you natural contours.

    40 to 60% of that fat will remain in your body for a long time; the rest will melt away.

    Stem cells are agents that repair and renew your other cells. After they adapt to where they’ve been transferred area, they detect subcutaneous damage and begin to repair it.  

    The risk of tissue rejection and allergy are very low we are using your own tissue, not somebody else’s.

    Breast lift plus implant is ideal for anyone who has insufficient breast tissue but whose breasts are/look small, collapsed, and volumeless, and thus want to correct them. If you want to add permanent volume and fullness to your breasts, then having both surgeries done is just what you need!

    Breast lifts and breast implant need to be addressed additionally. To learn more, feel free to read our write-up on: “Breast lift and implant”

    In addition to breast lifts, we often give patients implants as well if they have saggy breasts and a lack of sufficient breast tissues. We may inject stem cell-rich fat into them as well. Both are great if you want:

    • Better quality skin around your breasts
    • More natural fullness around your upper pole area
    • To rid of unwanted fat whilst still in surgery
    • A younger looking decollete area

    Nipple necrosis is a rare complication of breast lift surgery.

    Removal of the skin and tissue that will not deteriorate the circulation of the nipple, control of additional diseases and smoking, making an appropriate planning and selection of a suitable method, and also the experiences of your surgeon are important.

    In fact, you should quit smoke after the surgery. Smoking adversely affects tissue and wound healing, as it deteriorates blood, cell, and tissue circulation, thus causing nipple necrosis.

    Any impact to your breast after the surgery can also harm your circulation and cause nipple necrosis.

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