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With the effect of pregnancy, breastfeeding and the force of gravity, it is inevitable that sagging breast tissues of every woman will appear over the years. However, with aging, the loss of skin elasticity also contributes to the fact that the appearance and structures of the breasts become saggy. With the operation known as breast lift or mastopexy, sagging breasts are reshaped and straightened again. Of course, this surgery does not eliminate the effects of gravity. For this reason, erect breasts tend to sag again with periods that vary from person to person. Mastopexy also reduces the aerola, the dark area around the nipple, and gives it a more aesthetic appearance. If your breast tissue is small or has decreased in size due to a reason such as pregnancy, it may be possible to achieve the desired breast size measurements in addition to erecting it by placing it in a breast prosthesis during this surgery. With what is written on this page, you will get basic information about this operation, learn how it is performed and understand what kind of results are achieved. Of course, it will not be possible for us to answer all the questions you have in mind with what is written on this page. For this reason, contacting a plastic surgeon to answer the questions that remain in your mind will be the most correct action to take.


Breast lift surgery will increase your self-confidence by changing your appearance. However, just as it does not reveal the ideal that you have created in your head, it may not cause a change in the attitude of people in your universe towards you. Therefore, before deciding to have surgery, you should weigh your expectations very well and discuss them with your surgeon.

The most suitable candidates for breast lift surgery are women who are healthy, do not have psychological problems and have realistic thoughts about the benefits of the operation. Of course, breasts of any size can be lifted, but the best results are achieved in women with sagging and small breasts.

Many women apply for breast lift surgery due to the shrinkage and loose appearance of breast tissues after pregnancy and lactation. However, if you are planning to have children later, the smartest initiative would be to postpone this operation. Although this initiative does not affect the pregnancies you are planning in the future (for example, breast lift surgery does not prevent breastfeeding), pregnancy will cause the erect breast to sag faster and spoil the beautiful result obtained.

Turkey Medicals, “All operations carry a number of uncertainties and risks.” was said.

Breast lift surgery is not a simple procedure, but it is usually performed safely by an experienced plastic surgeon. However, as with any surgery, there is a possibility of a number of complications and anesthesia reactions in this one. Bleeding and infection are rarely seen after breast lift surgery, but they cause the scars to be wide when they occur. The first way to reduce these risks is to carefully listen to the recommendations that your Istanbul hospital surgeon will make to you before and after surgery.

Breast lift surgery causes the formation of permanent and pronounced scars. Although these scars fade over time, and they all remain in bras and sea clothes (it should be borne in mind that the scars that will occur in smokers will be more pronounced and wide). This intervention can also leave a curved nipple appearance and cause permanent loss of sensation on the nipple.


It should be borne in mind that every patient and every surgeon will have different opinions about the desired size and appearance of the breast, so you should openly discuss your expectations with your plastic surgeon during your first examination and listen to his thoughts.

Your plastic surgeon will examine your breasts and take a measurement of your breasts while sitting and standing. During this period, he will tell you about the variable status of the results to be obtained from breast lift surgery depending on your age, the size and structure of your breast, and your skin condition, and perhaps he will recommend that you have a breast prosthesis inserted. During this period, you should also talk to him about the point where the nipple and areola place will come after the operation and indicate your wishes.

You should also ask your surgeon to provide detailed information about the risks of this surgery and the scars it will create. During the first examination, your surgeon will tell you the type of anesthesia he prefers during the operation, the estimated duration of your hospital stay and how much your expenses will be.


Based on your age and family history, your surgeon may ask you for a mammogram before surgery. At the same time, he will give you many suggestions before surgery, from eating and drinking to smoking and medications that you will avoid. He will also recommend that you arrange for a person to accompany you to the hospital during this period.


Breast lift surgery is most often performed under general anesthesia. In this preference, you will be sleeping during the entire operation. In some cases and if small incisions are to be applied, sedation and local anesthesia may be preferred. In this case, you will be awake but relaxed, but you will not feel pain.


Breast lift surgery is usually an attempt that takes 1.5-2 hours. Although there are many techniques in this regard, the method that is often used is made with an anchor-like incision that follows the natural contour of the breast. The incisions extend along the breast skin to be removed and to the new place where the nipple will be placed. After the excess skin is removed, the nipple and areola are increased to the desired level. After the nipple and areola are hung here with stitches, the skin around the areola is removed and joined under the nipple and areola in its new position, giving the breast a new shape. The sutures are placed around the areola, on the flat line below it, and in the folds under the breast. This initiative can be achieved by applying smaller incisions to some patients with small breasts and minimal sagging. In some patients, there are breast lift surgeries that are performed by making a circular incision around the areola, which is the dark area around the nipple. In this case, the marks that will be formed will be limited only to the areola circumference.

If a breast prosthesis is to be placed together with Istanbul breast lift surgery, in this case your surgeon will create a pocket under the breast tissue or under the chest wall muscle and place the prosthesis here.


At the end of the operation, your surgeon will cover the dressings with an elastic bandage. For a few days, it is normal for your breasts to be swollen, incision circles to be slightly purple, and the whining you will hear. However, your pain will not be severe. However, these pains that you will hear will pass by using the medications that your surgeon will prescribe to you.

After a few days, these bandages will be removed and it will be recommended to use supportive bras instead. It is necessary to use this bra for an average of 3-4 weeks. Your stitches will be removed within the first or second week. If your breast skin shows excessive drying after surgery, it may be recommended to use moisturizer several times a day. However, you should not apply moisturizer on your seams. It is normal for you to feel a loss of sensation on the nipple and breast skin due to swelling that occurs after surgery. This loss of sensation will ease and disappear within 6 weeks after the swelling begins to recede. However, in some patients, this loss of sensation can last up to a year or even be permanent.


Recovery is a gradual process. No matter how many times you get up on the day of surgery or the next day, it may take a week or a few weeks for you to start working again, depending on how you feel. you should avoid doing a movement such as lifting something over your head for 3-4 weeks. If an unusual symptom occurs, you should call your surgeon without hesitation.

Your surgeon will make detailed recommendations about your return to your normal daily activities that you have taken a break from. You should avoid sexual intercourse for one or several weeks and compulsive sports for at least a month. And you should gradually return to these everyday activities. If you become pregnant after this operation, your breastfeeding function will not be affected in any way, as the nipple and milk gland ducts are not touched.


Your surgeon will do everything he can to make your scars that will occur during this operation become the least visible. However, the point to keep in mind is that permanent and obvious scars will form after this operation. They will be lumpy and red in color for the first few months, they will fade and turn white over time, and they will become flat. Fortunately, all these marks that are formed remain under bras and sea clothes.

Another point that should not be taken out of mind is that the result obtained after this operation is not invariable. Because the continuation of the loss of skin elasticity with aging, the effect of gravity and a pregnancy that can be added causes the more erect breast to start sagging again. It has been found that the result obtained in patients who have undergone breast augmentation surgery with prosthesis along with breast lift lasts longer.

Turkey Medicals, “The satisfaction you will experience with breast lift surgery will increase even more by understanding what the attempt is and having realistic expectations.” was said.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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