Breast Lift surgery

Affordable breast uplift over one weekend in Ukraine

 

  • Technical terminology – The technical term for a cosmetic breast lift is mastopexy.
  • What It Will Do

    A cosmetic breast lift removes stretched skin of the breast (not breast tissue) and raises the nipple up to a standard position. The size of the breast is unlikely to change – it is the shape of the breast that is altered.

  • What it will not do

    A breast lift will not increase the breast size. A breast enlargement is required for this to be achieved, which can actually be completed during the same operation. Mastopexy will have no effect on the muscles in the chest, as it is a skin procedure.

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation, or breast enlargement is a surgical operation carried out to increase or restore the size of the breasts. This is created with the use of implants. There are two types of implants generally used for breast augmentation: a silicone gel implant and a saline filled implant. On occasion, fat may be used for enlarging breasts.

When to Have It

A breast lift is suggested for whenever your breasts have lost their shape. However, if future pregnancies are planned we recommend postponing this surgery. The same applies for patients planning weight loss. A surgical uplift of the breasts operation may be carried out on young women if they possess particularly low breasts at a young age, due to genes.

Where to Have It

Breast lifts are usually performed on an outpatient basis with a local anaesthetic/sedation in a doctor’s operating room, a surgical centre or in hospital.

How long it will last?

This operation is permanent. However, if patients gain and then lose a lot of weight, or experience pregnancy post the surgery, then the breast skin will stretch. Upon the breasts reverting to their original size, the skin will once again appear loose. Some patients have particularly weak skin and thus might discover their uplifted breasts lower again over time. This tends to be more common in patients with full breasts, and those who underwent breast enlargement surgery alongside mastopexy. In time, it is natural for all breasts to drop, although only marginally.

Risks

Breast scars from previous surgery could diminish the breast blood flow, thus increasing a risk of poor healing. Should any previous breast infections have been experienced, there will be a higher risk of an infec­tion post surgery. An infection may cause poor scarring, which may require attention. Mothers, if they have breastfed 6-12 months prior to surgery, may begin to lactate again for a short period. Medication may be required to stop the lactation.

Anaesthetic

We generally recommend a local anaesthetic with sedation for a breast lift. A general anaesthetic may be decided upon if the breasts are so stretched that an excessive amount (thus exceeding a safe dose) of local anaesthetic would be required. Breast lifting and breast enlargement operations are often carried out together. If patients request for this combined surgery, a general anaesthetic would be advised.

How long does it take?

This operation takes between l.5 – 2 hours.

Correct alignment of the nipple

The placement of the nipples is the most important aspect of a breast lift or breast reduction. We advise liaising closely with the surgeon when the markings are made as to where the nipples are to be located. The surgeon will use a combination of three methods to determine and crosscheck the absolute correct nipple po­sition. All three result in the same placement:

  1. Normally, the nipples lie 19-22 cm (10”) from the bony notch in the neck. The surgeon will measure this distance in centimetres.
  2. Post surgery, the nipple should sit approximately at the level of the breast crease. Patients should liaise closely with their surgeon prior to surgery, to agree on the nipple placement. Once the nipple has been placed, it may be moved lower with further manipulation however it would leave unsightly scarring, which we do not recommend.
  3. The nipple should be roughly halfway between the elbow and the shoulder.

The surgeon may draw the necessary surgical markings in his office the day before your surgery. This causes the patient less ordeal on the day of the operation, enables them to go home to check they are happy with the markings in their own time, and furthermore allows the surgeon to check the markings with fresh eyes on the morning of the surgery. Overseas Medical considers “measure twice, cut once” to be particularly prevalent when considering breast markings.

The markings are drawn whilst the patient either sits or stands. It is almost impossible to select the correct nipple position when a patient is horizontal.

Pain relief

Post surgery, the breasts tend to ache. Patients report being a little uncomfortable for the first night, yet experience very little pain afterwards. It must be noted that if patients remove their bra or bandage, they would immediately notice an ache in their breasts – a sure sign that they need still required support.

The healing process

If the operation was conducted under a local anaesthetic with sedation, patients should expect to feel tired and sore for approximately 1 week. Under a general anaesthetic, the tiredness will last for approximately 2 weeks.

Any soreness will usually have disappeared in a day or two, but it is not advised to remove the bra for 2 weeks due to an aching sensation being experienced without wear. The breasts will be slightly swollen, may feel numb in small areas, or both breasts might be entirely numb for a week or more. The nipple may be numb, alternatively may be oversensitive and sting occasionally. The majority of these sensations disappear within 2 weeks.

Bandages

The use of bandages varies between surgeons. One may recommend a snug elastic surgical vest (hot and itchy), another may wrap patients with elastic bandages (hot, itchy, and tends to fall apart), or they may bind using a bra – the best solution in our opinion. We recommend purchasing 2 basic, front-fastening, non-underwired bras – 1 cup or chest size larger than usual (to allow for the postsurgical swelling). The bras tend to work as a bandage. Whichever option the surgeon chooses, patients will have gauze and tape strips directly over the sutures to protect them. We advise keeping the gauze over the incisions for at least 1 week after the stitches are removed, so that the bra does not rub. Tape strips are kept across the incisions for as long as possible to keep the scars from stretching. Ideally this would be 6 months (being the period during which scars tend to stretch).

Taking care of your wound

There is very little maintenance that patients must adhere to for their surgical wounds post mastopexy. For the first week, the surgeon recommends that patients bathe whilst wearing their bras, thus the need to purchase two. During week 2 post surgery, patients may bathe and shower without a bra, as long as the incisions do not ache.

Sutures

It is likely that the surgeon will suture in 3 methods:

  1. The deepest layer of suturing will not be seen and will be absorbed naturally by the body.
  2. A “running pull-out” suture will thread under the skin and be revealed at either end of the incision. This is simply pulled out 2-3 weeks after surgery.
  3. The traditional stitch – a succession of loops over the skin secured with tiny knots, are removed between days 6 and 11. Surgeons call these “inter­rupted sutures.” These sutures line the skin up perfectly, whilst the aforementioned methods supply support and strength during healing.

Scarring

The scar will vary according to the surgical technique. The scar around the nipple and from the nipple down to and along the breast crease will remain. These might appear thick and red in colour for approximately 6 weeks after surgery. They will gradually fade within 6-18 months, becoming pale, flat and much more discreet.

  • Patients generally do not need new bras. Breasts will not be smaller, just rounder, firmer, and more pert.
  • The surgery tends to dry the breast skin. We recommend gently applying moisturizer on the upper breasts, even whilst the sutures are still in.
  • The breasts will still require support from a bra to minimize the risk of the scars stretching.

Back to work

If patients undergo surgery under a local anaesthetic with sedation, we recommend returning to work at the end of the week, but to be aware of possible tiredness. For patients having had a general anaesthetic, we advise waiting 10-14 days before returning to work.

Back to socialising

We advise waiting 10-14 days before patients venture out to socialise. The incisions will possibly ache by the end of a day. Any dancing is not advised for 3 weeks after the surgery as not only will the breasts be uncomfortable and swell with exertion, they may also bruise or bleed in places due to not yet being strong.

Back to sports

Any upper body exercise is to be avoided for the first 2 weeks to avoid pulling on the incisions. After this period, patients may swim, jog and undergo other exercise, as long as it is slow – we advise at a third or less of the normal rate. Between 3-4 weeks, patients can resume activity, although highly competitive sports are best avoided for up to a month.

Back to intimacy

We would suggest avoiding intimacy for 1 week after surgery. The stimulation to the breasts, even if they are not physically touched, will force them to swell. Up to 2-3 weeks post surgery, even extremely minor trauma to the breasts could cause discomfort and a widening of the scar.

During week 2, if intimacy is resumed:

  • Be cautious.
  • Keep the bra on.
  • Ensure there is no breast contact.
  • There is still a small risk of trauma, so we would advise waiting a further 7-10 days.

By week 4 after mastopexy, there is no need to keep the bra on during sexual intercourse, assuming that healing is without complications.

How much does a breast lift cost?

The surgeon’s fee for a breast lift is between £3029 and £5048. If the patient wishes to combine a breast lift with a breast enlargement, the surgeon’s fee will be only circa £900 more, plus the implants. A general anaesthetic is a more workable option when these two operations are done simultaneously.

Please see detailed pricing here.

How It Works

Step 1. Consultation and quotation

  • Send us your request with photographs and a description of your desired correction.
  • Include Skype contact details to enable our doctor to conduct an on-line consultation.
  • Consultation with your doctor. The doctor will contact you and schedule a mutually convenient time for an on-line consultation. This will be free of charge.
  • You and your surgeon will decide upon the kind of implant (if required) and where the incisions will be made;
  • After a consultation, you will be sent a fully comprehensive report, containing a quotation.
  • The quotation will include: the final cost, anaesthetic options and staying arrangements at the clinic. This will also include any necessary consultations with other doctors (physician and anaesthetist), number of nights stay at the clinic (if any), preferred ward type (single or double), compression garments and medication to take home.

Step 2. Lab tests and scans

  • Contact us once you have come to a decision on the treatment. The doctor will provide you with an exact list of medical tests/scans required, assuming that you do not have any contraindications.
  • The tests could be conducted in your home country. However, due to the low cost of tests and consultations in Ukraine, it is worth considering a short visit to Ukraine over a weekend (Saturday – Sunday).
  • Our standard package of 10 medical tests, 5 scans and a doctor’s consultation costs circa £130 in Ukraine.
  • During this visit, you may wish to further enhance your treatment with procedures such as Dental treatmentWellness & SPA or Sightseeing & Leisure – all of which are 60-70% cheaper than in the UK.

Step 3. Reserving a date for treatment

  • When the doctor is fully satisfied with your medical tests result, you will be contacted to make an appointment for your chosen medical procedure.
  • We will require you to transfer 50% of pre-payment to the clinic’s bank account.
  • Upon receipt, the clinic will then be able to reserve a date for the operation, and you will receive pre-operative instructions.

Step 4. Air-tickets and hotel booking

  • We suggest that you proceed with travel arrangements personally, as it is much more cost effective than booking through a tour operator.
  • We recommend you consider the hotels/apartments within the vicinity of the clinic and central Kiev.
  • For further guidance, please visit our web page Organising your trip.

Step 5 - Day 0. Friday: Arrival in Ukraine

  • There are a great number of overseas flights to Borispol airport, which arrive in Kiev (the capital of Ukraine) during the afternoon.
  • A representative from Overseas Medical Ukraine will greet you at the airport and transport you straight to your apartment/hotel.
  • It is likely you will arrive in time for dinner, or an evening walk.
  • We strongly recommend that you consume your last meal before 11pm of Day 0 and refrain from drinking alcohol.

Step 6 - Day 1. Saturday: Appointment and operation

  • Check out from hotel/apartment IF breast lift surgery is being combined with a breast enlargement, as it will require a 1-2 night stay at the clinic.
  • At 9am we will collect you from your hotel/apartment and bring you to the clinic. It is essential you have an empty stomach.
  • It is likely you will have your surgery as an outpatient under a local anaesthetic with sedation.
  • You will have a consultation with a physician and anaesthetist.
  • You will also spend some time completing paper work formalities.
  • The operation usually takes 1.5-2 hours under a local anaesthetic with sedation.
  • Your surgeon may require you to wear an elastic surgical vest for the following 2 days post surgery. This zips up the front and has Velcro shoulder straps enabling removal without the patient’s assistance.
  • Dependent upon the surgery, you will either be returned to your hotel/apartment, or you will remain in the clinic for the night. An English speaking nurse will assist you with your needs and ensure you are comfortable.

Step 7 - Day 2. Sunday: Recovery

  • This is a day of rest in your hotel.
  • We will organise for you to take home some post-operative medication. (£30 – £45).
  • It is strongly recommended to refrain from consuming salty, canned, frozen and fatty foods. We will be able to recommend some healthy restaurants.
  • Some patients choose to further enhance their treatment with Dental treatmentWellness & SPA, Bio-revitalization or Sightseeing & Leisure.

Step 8 - Day 3. Monday: Departure home

  • Many international flights depart during the morning.
  • Our patient co-ordinator will organise for collection from your hotel/apartment up to 3 hours prior to the scheduled departure time, and take you to Borispol airport, Kiev.

Aftercare and Post-op therapy

  • Should you have any needs that require a follow-up consultation with the doctor, we will arrange for this to be conducted on-line.
  • You may have noticeable swelling until day 12.
  • We advise wearing the specialized bra for the following 2 weeks.
  • On day 7 your sutures will need to be removed. This can be completed at your local doctor’s surgery.
  • Alternatively, you may wish to pay a short weekend visit to Kiev for this post-operative procedure (if required or desired) in combination with further enhancing treatments, such as Dental treatmentWellness & SPA, Bio-revitalization or Sightseeing & Leisure.

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