Mastopexy, commonly known as Breast Lift, is a procedure used to raise and firm sagging breasts (ptosis) by removing excess skin, repositioning nipples, and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. The procedure can be performed alone, or in conjunction with breast Augmentation, which involves breast implants.
The mastopexy surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia, and takes between one and a half to three and a half hours to complete. For the first couple of days, an elastic bandage or a surgical bra is worn over gauze dressings. This is then replaced by a soft support bra, to be worn around the clock for up to four weeks, over a layer of gauze. Following surgery, although bruised and a little uncomfortable, women usually feel better and can move around the house within a couple of days. However, it is recommended to rest for at least a week before returning to work.
Mastopexy is considered to be a safe operation, yet, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks and possible complications that should be considered.
The most important consideration in a mastopexy is the tissue viability of the nipple-areola complex (NAC), that ensures the breasts’ functional sensitivity for lactation and breast-feeding. Some loss of feeling in the nipples and breast skin are to be expected during recovery, and may last for longer than a year, or even result in a permanent loss of sensation in the nipples and breasts.
Aesthetically, mastopexy involves noticeable, permanent scars, and may result in inconsistency between both breasts. Although uncommon, infection and bleeding following mastopexy may cause scars to widen.
The skill of the surgeon performing the procedure is of utmost importance, as the operation is non-reversible and relies considerably on the physician’s expertise. It is also important to realize that no matter how good the surgeon, and how successful the mastopexy, re-sagging is inevitable as gravity and age influence the breasts over time.
The Orbix™ breast lifting system is based on an ergonomically shaped sling made of an implant-grade reinforced silicone sheet, as seen in the figure below.
ORBIX™ Breast Lifting System
The Kit can be used in conjunction with all types of existing breast surgeries, but more significantly, it addresses an unmet need of countless women who want to improve their breasts’ appearance, but are reluctant to undergo current procedures.
Current breast surgery procedures include breast augmentation, mastopexy (breast lift) and breast reduction. All operations require general anesthesia, involve scarring, are non reversible, and are prone to inconsistent results between the breasts, as well as immediate re-sagging.
The Orbix™ Breast Lifting Kit offers a simple 45 minutes minimally invasive procedure, whereby the silicone sling is inserted through a horizontal tunnel on the lower part of the breast, and fastened to the ribs on both sides of each breast, creating a sling that provides support, volume and firmness to the breasts.
Orbix’s™ revolutionary Breast Lifting Kit is likely to replace mastopexy, as it is the only solution for pseudoptosis and Grade I ptosis, and is the only preventive measure against the ptosis process.
It offers all the advantages of a minimally invasive procedure, such as minimal scarring, quick recovery and significant risk reduction. Furthermore, it is a reversible, clinically proven procedure that uses technologically advanced consistency optimization with greatly improved aesthetic results.
Orbix™ has recently completed a 12 month follow up on 3 patients who underwent a breast reduction procedure using the Orbix™ Breast Lifting Kit. Even though recurrence of ptosis is common with a simple breast reduction, 12 months postoperatively there was no ptosis and very stable results for all patients. The patients, who had no device related problems, were extremely happy with the results, and noted a remarkably better quality of life. They all said that they would recommend surgery to all their friends, and would do it over again themselves.
Ptosis (which is pronounced “toe-sis”) is the sagging or drooping of the breast. It is a natural process that occurs to breasts as gravity pulls them down, stretching ligaments and skin. The ptosis process depends on many factors, such as skin and ligament elasticity, genes, diet, as well as the normal aging process and breast size. Additional circumstances, such as weight loss, pregnancy, breast feeding and menopause, also affect the process of ptosis.
Ptosis is divided into grades that are determined by the following criteria:
Correction of breast ptosis is currently performed either by mastopexy (breast lifting), breast augmentation or a combined breast lifting and augmentation procedure (augmentation-pexy).
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