A natural part of the female ageing process is the sagging or drooping of the breasts. Sagging can occur with normal development or as part of aging. Pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight loss are also major causes of breast ptosis (sagging).
A breast lift or mastopexy can improve the shape and position of the breasts and areola/nipple complex.
- Improve breast shape after pregnancy or weight loss
- Remove excess skin and elevate the breasts
- Reposition the nipple/areola complex
- Restore a more balanced and youthful breast shape
At a Glance
Breast Lift Procedure
This operation removes excess skin from the breast that has been stretched during pregnancy or weight fluctuations. Breast implants may also be used in conjunction with this procedure.
Breast Lift Time
The breast lift procedure is generally performed in approximately 2 to 3 hours.
Breast Lift Side Effects
Temporary bruising, swelling, some mild discomfort, numbness, and dry/tender breast skin.
Breast Lift Risks
Unfavourable scarring with keloid formation is possible. In addition skin loss, infection, unevenly positioned nipples (asymmetry).
One week for work, 3 to 4 weeks for strenuous activities. The fading of scars may take several months to one year.
Breast Lift Duration
The outcome varies from patient-to-patient. Other factors that may influence results are: gravity, pregnancy, ageing, and weight changes, which may cause new sagging.
A highly skilled doctor will customise a breast lift to suit your individual shape and goals.
|Also known as:||Breast lift, breast lift surgery, mastopexy, breast lift and implant, breast lift and reduction, mastopexy augmentation, breast lift augmentation|
|Desired results:||Patients desire a breast lift to restore a more youthful and appealing breast shape and areola position.|
|Patients visit us from:||Breast lift patients travel from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and surrounding suburbs. We also see patients visiting from all over Australia.|
Breast lift procedure
Breast lift surgery is designed to return the breast to a more youthful appearance by moving the position, shape and size of the nipple/areola complex, remove excess skin and reshape the breast tissue.
Although a breast lift does not alter the amount of breast tissue a woman has, it can change the shape dramatically.
Breast lift incision
The appropriate technique and incision pattern is determined according to the size, shape and degree of sagging of the breast, as well as the position and size of the areola (outer nipple).
There are three types of breast lift incision techniques. These are performed depending on the amount of lift needed.
- Around the areola
- Around the areola and then vertically down the breast
- Around the areola, vertically down the breast and horizontally along the breast crease.
Once the incision has been made, the excess skin is removed and the nipple and areola are then repositioned to create a more pert and youthful looking breast shape. During a breast lift the nipple needs to be lifted and reshaped to appear smaller, rounder and more in proportion with the new breast. The skin that surrounds the areola is brought together to contour and reshape the breast.
A combination approach
Mastopexy can be performed as a single operation as a lift or as part of a breast reduction or breast augmentation procedure.
Breast reduction and lift
On occasions a breast reduction may need to be performed if there is a concern as to size of the breast. This procedure will alter the size of the breast by removing varying degrees of breast tissue as well as improving shape and lifting the nipple/areola complex.
Breast lift with implants
A breast lift in conjunction with a breast augmentation is known as a mastopexy augmentation. This procedure is particularly appealing to women who want to increase the volume of their breasts, as well as restore a youthful breast and areola position.
Breast lift surgery scars
All breast lift procedures leave permanent scars, which, while red initially, will usually fade within six to 12 months.
Breast lift surgery risks
All cosmetic procedures carry potential risks, as well as the desired benefits. There are general surgical risks such as bruising, bleeding, blood clots and infection. This is significantly reduced when an experienced doctor performs the surgery. Bruising is common and will resolve quickly, usually in a matter of days.
Bleeding can occur and will need to be addressed if persistent. It may need to be drained if the collection (haematoma) is large enough. Drains are commonly used in conjunction with breast lift surgery, which helps to minimise the risks of bleeding.
As part of the post-operative, patients will be treated with antibiotics to help prevent infection. Infection is uncommon but can occur. If not treated immediately, the infection can become severe and cause skin necrosis and loss of tissue.
Unevenly positioned breast or nipples (asymmetry) can occur. There may be changes to the sensitivity of nipples.
Breast Lift on the Gold Coast
A breast lift at Cosmedic & Skin Clinic on the Gold Coast starts from $11,250. The cost for breast lift surgery may vary from patient to patient. A more precise surgery cost will be provided during your initial consultation with Dr John Flynn.
Breasts normally have some degree of asymmetry between. However, if this is particularly apparent, Dr Flynn can combine techniques to both lift the breast and correct the unevenness.
Women who have breastfed or have experienced extreme weight loss often seek breast enhancement surgery to restore volume and a more desirable breast shape. A breast lift is also suitable for women who, although satisfied with the size of their breasts, are unhappy with the sagging and loss of firmness.