Many factors such as age, pregnancy, nursing, and gravity affect a woman’s breasts. These Factors cause the skin to lose its elasticity. The breasts will then lose their shape and firmness and then begin to sag. A Benelli mastopexy, is a surgical procedure designed to raise and reshape sagging breasts. Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.
Are you a candidate?
Healthy, emotionally stable women who are realistic about what surgery can accomplish are the best candidates for this procedure. This operation gives a full, higher breast to those patients with relatively small breasts and minimal sagging.
It is usually a good idea to delay this procedure until you are no longer planning to get pregnant, as pregnancy can cause the skin to stretch and sagging of the breasts to recur.
What is the procedure?
A Benelli mastopexy usually takes one and a half to three hours. The Benelli mastopexy technique is also known as the “doughnut” mastopexy. This surgery is considered less invasive compared to other forms of breast lift surgery. The Benelli mastopexy incision is made near the areola. With the Benelli mastopexy, a doughnut shaped tissue around the areola is removed and the surrounding tissue is sutured to the areola with a purse-string suture. A breast implant is usually used with the Benelli mastopexy and is placed in a pocket directly under the breast tissue or deeper under the muscles of the chest wall.
Can you breastfeed after a Benelli mastopexy?
Yes. The nipple and areola should remain attached to underlying mounds of tissue, usually allowing for the preservation of sensation and the ability to breastfeed.
Are the effects permanent?
No. A Benelli mastopexy will not keep you firm forever. Gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight fluctuation will eventually take their toll again.
What are the risks with a Benelli mastopexy?
As with any surgery, complications or reactions to the anesthesia can occur. Bleeding and infection are not common, but should be treated immediately when they occur. In rare cases, permanent loss of feeling in the nipple can occur.
What will the recovery period be like?
After surgery your breasts will be bruised, swollen, and uncomfortable for a day or two. Any discomfort you feel can be relieved with prescribed medication. The stitches will be removed after a week.
If your breast skin becomes dry following surgery, you can apply a moisturizer several times a day. Apply the moisturizer away from the suture areas. Avoid lifting anything over your head for three to four weeks. You will be given detailed instructions for resuming your normal activities. You may be instructed to avoid strenuous activity for about a month. After that, you can resume these activities slowly.
The Benelli mastopexy will result in firmer and rounder shaped breasts and will restore beautiful balanced contour of the size and shape of your breasts and areolae.