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What is the surgery like?

Breastlift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts and also to reduce the size of the areola, if the patient so wishes. Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, genetics and the lapse of time can make breasts lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. If your breasts are small or have lost volume, breast implants inserted in conjunction with a breast lift can increase both their firmness and their size. Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. However, if you are planning to have more children, it may be a good idea to postpone your breast lift, since the outcomes of this surgical procedure could be spoiled.

Are there any risks? Which complications may arise?
All surgeries involve Risks:

By giving you all the information you need to make a decision, including information on the risks involved, we show our respect for you and allow you to have the last say in all matters concerning your surgery. We also believe that this speaks volumes about RP Medical Center, about who we are and how we work. It is our responsibility to provide you with all necessary information. We consider that Quality goes hand-in-hand with Responsibility. All patients have a right to be explained how the surgical procedure will be performed, together with the potential risks and complications (which are not caused by a Physician’s errors or malpractice, but which derive from the surgery itself or cannot be anticipated), and the advantages and disadvantages of certain techniques, so that they can think it over and make a balance before making any final decision.

Any surgical procedure has risks (whether an optional surgery, which you choose to undergo, or an emergency surgery); some risks are common to all surgical procedures and others are specific to each type of surgery. No surgery is exempt from risk. A plastic surgery is, after all, a surgery. Risks (each under different incidence percentages; see below) range from post-surgery complications which can be secondarily solved (bad scarring, seroma, skin necrosis, etc.) to severe and fatal complications such as reactions to anesthesia, pulmonary embolism (blood clots or "small blood balls" which could migrate to the heart and block the pulmonary artery causing severe injuries or even death), among others.

In 1997, the results of a survey were disclosed in the United States, based on 400,675 surgical procedures involving Plastic Surgery and Surgical Repair, where 7 deaths were found. The rate of severe complications (hypotension, hematoma, infection, hypertension episodes, sepsis) was 0.47% (1 case every 230 patients). One death occurred every 57,000 patients, that is, a mortality rate of 0.0017%; slightly less than 1 death every 57,000 patients. The survey documented the approximate safety level for plastic surgeries conducted by certified plastic surgeons in authorized facilities in the US, during those years. Another survey conducted in the United States (from 1994 through 1998) further accounted for deaths occurred after Liposuctions. Survey findings reported one death every 5,000 patients, which represents a mortality rate of 0.02 % and 20 deaths every 100,000 liposuctions. The main cause of death was pulmonary thromboembolism.

Risks must be minimized by taking all appropriate preventive measures and complying with certain rules and requirements, including the requirement for pre-surgery tests, pre-operative and post-operative indications, the practice of surgeries in the proper facilities (which must be fully-equipped to cope with any inconveniences), patients’ full medical history, and their compliance with the Physicians’ guidelines after the surgery. It should be recalled that complications and risks may arise even where all precautions were taken and even if the patient is healthy. Given that these complications are not predictable, they may affect the patients of even the best surgeons in any country of the world, despite any precautions taken to reduce potential risks.

At what age is it advisable to undergo this procedure?

It is advisable to undergo a breast lift from puberty onwards, although this type of surgery can be successfully performed at any age. However, if you are a mother and are planning to have more children, it may be a good idea to postpone your breast lift, since the outcomes of this surgical procedure could be spoiled.

What kind of anesthesia do we use?

Surgery is performed under local anesthesia combined with sedation.

Are there any scars left?

Scars are long and permanent. In most cases, they remain lumpy and red for some months and are quite noticeable at the beginning. They gradually become less visible, sometimes eventually fading to thin, slightly perceptible pale lines. The size of the incisions and, therefore, the size of the scars will depend on the size of the breasts to be lifted. Scars are usually located around the areola, downwards from the nipple area and along the lower crease of the breast if they are too large.

What about breast-feeding?

In principle, most techniques do not interfere with future breast-feeding, unless a major surgery is required to correct significant alterations to the breast shape. Generally, results vary significantly from one patient to the other, and will depend mainly on the technique applied and on the individual features of each patient.

How long can results be seen?

Often, results last for a long time, and a second surgery is rarely required to "re-lift" the breasts.

What precautions should I take after surgery? When can I go back to normal life?
After care

It is quite common to feel uncomfortable and to experience swelling after surgery; however, these side effects rarely become significant and can subside by the intake of prescribed pain medication. You should expect loss of or alteration on your nipples’ sensitivity for 2 to 3 months. This usually fades over the next six weeks or so. In some patients, however, it may last a year or more, and occasionally it may be permanent. You will be able to get back to work in 7 to 10 days, although you will be able to walk much earlier. You should wear a special sports bra during a month. The healing process is slow. Avoid lifting anything over your head for 1 month and strenuous activities with your arms during 2 or 3 weeks following the surgery. Stitches will be removed between the 5th and 7th day after surgery. The remaining stitches will be removed on the 10th day. You should quit smoking 1 or 2 months before the surgery (smoking patients have an increased risk of skin suffering in the area being operated on in addition to a delayed healing of scars).

If I do not live in the City of Buenos Aires: How long should I stay approximately? 

You will need to stay in Buenos Aires for 13 nights and 14 days. If you agree to have the sutures removed by a trusted physician in your city of residence, the total stay will be of about 9 days, as long as you recover normally during the post-operative period.

Which are the required pre-surgical tests?

It is necessary to undergo the following pre-surgical tests within 1 month before the date of surgery:

Mandatory pre-surgical instructions:

» How to get a quote - Photographs necessary to undergo a surgery - Stay - Requirements:

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» To request the right quote and provide all necessary information, go to: "How to travel to undergo a surgery", and read "Step No. 1", "Make arrangements for a surgery by following these easy steps".

» Photographs required to undergo a Breast Lift: 3 photographs showing the whole area from your navel up to your neck: 1 frontal photograph, 1 profile photograph and 1 3/4 profile photograph.

» Stay required in the case of Breast Lift: 13 nights, 14 days. For further information on stay days, minimum stay, and schedule, among other matters, go to "How to travel to undergo a surgery" , read "Step No. 3", " Make arrangements for a surgery by following these easy steps."

» Hospitalization: 1-day hospitalization at the clinic is required.

» Requirements: Put off smoking 1 or 2 months in advance, since smokers have an increased risk of a delayed healing of scars. Smoking inhibits blood flow to the skin, which may interfere with the healing of incision areas, thus producing small holes in the skin (ulcers).

» Why are photographs necessary?

Not only are photographs necessary to avoid paying for an unnecessary and more expensive surgical procedure, but also to determine whether the surgery for which you have come to us is the best type of surgery for you. Photographs are essential for our Physicians to analyze your case, to know how to proceed and offer you the personalized treatment that sets us apart. Your photographs also enable us to make a more precise quote.

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