What does an auto-augmentation procedure involve?
During surgery, once the implants and associated scar tissue have been removed a vertical pattern mastopexy is performed to lift and reshape the patients own tissues. This produces a hemispherical, pert breast, sitting higher on the chest wall, with the nipple lifted and fuller upper poles.
The procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic and takes between 3 and 3.5 hours approximately.
What incisions are made during a breast implant removal mastopexy?
The incisions are placed around the areola margin, vertically down the lower pole, and a short incision in the crease under the breast that isn’t visible.
In a minority of patients with very large breasts a full mastopexy is required after implant removal. This uses incisions placed around the areola margin, vertically down the lower pole, and a longer incision hidden in the crease under the breast.
What is the recovery like after a implant removal and mastopexy procedure?
This procedure usually involves a one-night stay in hospital or can be performed as a day case in some patients. Typically, you’ll required 14 days off work, depending on the type of employment.
Dressings are changed at 7 days and stitches removed at 14 days post-op. Sport should be avoided for six weeks. Mr Paul Tulley recommends wearing a thin Lycra bra for six weeks post-procedure to provide support during the healing process. By this stage, the final breast volume should be apparent.
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For advice on whether a breast implant removal and mastopexy is the most appropriate procedure for you, book a consultation with Mr Tulley by calling 020 7183 1559 or using the contact form.