Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
A breast lift or mastopexy is a procedure designed to lift and firm breasts by removing excess skin. This procedure may change the position of your breasts and areola to provide breast symmetry.
Consider a breast lift if you are happy with the size of your breasts but have concerns about the breast position, symmetry or height of the nipples.
In some cases where additional volume is desired, a breast lift is combined with an augmentation.
The breast lift procedure
At Valley Plastic Surgery, a breast lift is always performed at an accredited medical facility under general anaesthetic.
An incision is made around the nipple and down the breast, after which your surgeon will look to recover the firmness, appearance and symmetry of the breast by lifting and reshaping the tissue. To achieve a symmetrically even outcome, the position of the nipple and areola are also adjusted. In some cases, enlarged areolas can be reduced with excess skin removed.
Where possible, incision lines are placed within the natural folds and creases of the breasts. This can assist in concealing the amount of visible scarring. Scars may also fade and improve over time with the right aftercare.
Why consider a breast lift?
A breast lift may be right for you if you want to address:
- Lifted breasts. A breast lift aims to elevate the breasts into their natural position on the chest.
- Nipple position. A breast lift procedure involves the repositioning of the nipple into a central position in the centre of the breast mound.
- Breast shape. When breasts descend, they often take on a tubular appearance. A breast lift will help recover the breast shape.
- Breast irritation. Breast tissue overhang can lead to rashes and general skin irritation. A breast lift will help with alleviating this.
Breast Lift Before and After
Once you have met with your surgeon and a clinical plan has been established, our client support officers will organise a quote. Your quote will include a fee for your surgeon as well as an estimate of anaesthetist and hospital fees. There may also be costs associated with medication, pathology and post-surgery garments.
In some instances, a breast lift is considered medically necessary, and will attract a Medicare item number. If you are insured, your private health insurer may also cover some of the costs of your procedure, provided you meet the eligibility criteria.
Prior to your procedure, it’s important to stay healthy. This means eating the right foods, getting enough sleep and exercise, and keeping your immune system strong. It’s also important to prepare for your recovery before your breast lift. You may wish to pre-prepare some healthy meals, purchase some comfortable loose clothing and ice packs, and fill any prescriptions you may need in the week following surgery.
You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and stay with you for a couple of days. This is particularly necessary if you have small children at home – you will need someone to assist you. You may wish to set up a recovery area where you can relax and sleep in an elevated position.
Discomfort, swelling, bruising and numbness are all normal after a breast lift. This will ease over the following weeks, and our clinic team will be able to offer you advice on effective pain management. A compression garment is worn after any breast surgery to reduce swelling and increase comfort during recovery. To drain excess fluid, you may have drains which will be managed with the help of nursing staff.
Patients need several days to rest and recover after a breast lift procedure. During the first few weeks after the reduction, heavy lifting, strenuous exercise and swimming is discouraged. Smoking should also be avoided to accelerate the healing process and prevent complications.
All surgical and invasive procedures carry risk, and these will be discussed during your consultation with your specialist plastic surgeon. All our procedures are carried out in accredited hospital facilities with assistance from FANZCA qualified anaesthetists.
Some of the specific risks associated with a breast lift include asymmetrical results and a loss of sensation in the breast and nipple. Additionally, a breast lift can interfere with your ability to breastfeed in the future.
However, you will be provided with procedure specific information prior to your surgery with instructions to ensure that you are in prime condition prior to your procedure. You will also be provided with post-operative instructions outlining proper aftercare, including things to be aware of. Our specialised clinical team is available should you have any questions for concerns.
In most instances, it is possible to perform both procedures at once – your surgeon will advise you during your consultation if this an appropriate for you.
A small decrease in size might occur following a breast lift.
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Breast Surgery Before & After
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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.