What is a breast lift?
Breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure for women who, although satisfied with the size of their breasts, are unhappy about sagging and loss of firmness.
This procedure can be performed for aesthetic (cosmetic) purposes or for medical/functional reasons (e.g. breast ptosis), the latter being dependent on strict Medicare eligibility criteria.
When is a breast lift desirable?
Breast lift procedures can help to:
- Reshape sagging breasts and improve contour
- Increase the firmness of soft breasts by removing excess skin
- Increase the volume of breasts, in combination with the insertion of an artificial implant to enlarge the breast
- Raise the position of downward pointing nipples and areolas
- Reduce the size of the areolas
- A breast lift can be used to balance the size and shape of significantly unequal breasts.
How is a breast lift performed?
There are currently several techniques for breast lift surgery. They all aim to remove excess breast tissue, recontour the breasts, and reposition the nipples. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will take your physical condition and requirements into consideration, and will determine which technique would be best for you.
The surgery is performed in Perth in a fully-accredited hospital under general anaesthesia. The surgery generally takes one to three hours but may take longer. You can expect to be discharged that same day or in some cases, after a short stay of one to two days. You will need to attend a post-operative consultation approximately seven days after breast lift surgery and again four weeks later.
Will a breast lift procedure leave any scars?
Although your surgeon will make every effort to keep them as inconspicuous as possible, scars are the inevitable result of any surgery. The scars should however be hidden on the undersurface of the breasts and thus become less visible after a period of time. Some patients have a tendency to develop thick scars and you should advise your surgeon if you are aware of this tendency in yourself.
What results can I expect from a breast lift?
The goal of your surgery is to lift your breasts to a size that is in better proportion with your physique and makes you feel more comfortable. Your surgeon is the best person to determine whether your expectations are achievable.
When can I resume normal activities following a breast lift?
Most patients are back to their regular routine in about three weeks. To permit proper healing, you should avoid excessive exercise for the first three to four weeks. Returning to work or your normal activities is an individual matter, and your surgeon will advise you. You will have to wear post-surgical compression garments for up to six weeks to reduce swelling and assist with the healing process.
How much does this procedure cost?
Please contact us online or call us on (08) 9380 0333 and one of our medical secretaries can provide you with more information. Please note that pricing does vary from case to case.
The Australian Foundation for Plastic Surgery (part of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) is a helpful and reliable source of information online. Their website is an excellent place to research a range of surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments, and view video animations. Click here to visit their website.