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Procedure: Breast Lift
Why would I consider a breast lift?
A BREAST LIFT or MASTOPEXY is where the breast is lifted up higher on the chest wall but there is no reduction in the size of the breasts and cup size as a skin only is removed.
Who Benefits from Breast Lift?
If you feel that your breasts are out of proportion with the rest of your body or you have significant symptoms related to large breasts, you will benefit from this surgery.
Symptoms after Breast lift surgery can include:
- Bra strap marks and indentations
- Back and neck pain
- Infections under the breasts
- Poor posture
- difficulty in obtaining clothes that fit
- difficulty exercising
There are also social issues to consider, for example, difficulty in playing sports and overt, unwanted attention to your chest.
In breast lift surgery (mastopexy), the primary problem is droopiness of the breasts. This can sometimes have functional problems similar to breast reduction patients.
How does a breast lift perform?
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and requires between one and three days in the hospital. Drains are usually required. The drains are removed after a few days – either on the ward or after the patient has been discharged from hospital.
What can I expect after Breast Lift?
You are typically admitted on the day of surgery, having fasted from the night before or 8 hours.
Relief from many of the symptoms such as back, neck and shoulder pain and indentations is almost immediately following the surgery.
Initially, the breast lift shape will be slightly flat at the bottom part of the breasts. The optimum result and shape take several months to develop, as the tissues stretch slightly – see the pre-operative and post-operative photographs.
How long does it take to recover from a breast lift?
Recovery time is in the order of one to two weeks.
Does breast lift last?
“It depends" For some may experience long-lasting results and others will only want small revisions within a few years. Factors that affect your breast are age, genetics, health and dietary habits, as well as surgical techniques.
What complications can occur after a breast lift?
Although every endeavour is made to avoid complications, sometimes they do occur. Complications do not necessarily imply an error has occurred, they can be related to the anaesthetic or the surgery.
Surgical complications can include: bleeding and bruising, swelling and the possibility of infection.
Patients can develop minor complications such as small areas of wound break-down or superficial infections. These usually settle without difficulty and do
not detract from the overall result.
Minor asymmetry can occur especially if there is unevenness prior to the surgery – different amounts can be removed from each breast to try and correct this.
Nipple sensation can change following the surgery with no specific pattern. Breast and nipple sensation can be decreased, increased or remain unchanged.
Breast-feeding is possible following breast lift surgery, however, supplementary feeding will be needed.
Scars can become abnormal and they may become thick, especially in the central area of the chest. Usually, this will respond to scar manipulation techniques and scars usually settle well overall. In vertical methods of breast lift, there is no horizontal scar, and therefore no medial (inner) scar on the chest.
The blood supply to the nipple can be compromised, which may necessitate the nipple being removed from the body and then reattached back to the skin. This is an extremely rare occurrence and would only be indicated in a massive breast lift that is extremely ptotic/droopy.
What are the types of breast Lift incisions?
Crescent Breast Lift
The crescent lift fits well on breasts that have slight sagging. The operation is typically paired with a breast augmentation. The cosmetic surgeon makes a crescent-shaped incision in the upper half of the areola. The crescent skin is cut, and the implants are inserted.
Peri-Areolar Breast Lift
This breast lift technique is also known as the “doughnut lift" for women who have fewer sloppy conditions and who still only need a subtle lift. The cosmetic surgeon can cut the entire exterior of the areola with a single, circular incision. This also called “minimum scar" treatment by many plastic surgeons.
Vertical Breast Lift
A Vertical Breast lift or lollipop lift is built for a woman that needs any reshaping when fixing some wave. It’s one of the most frequent lift styles. Your surgeon can make two breast incisions during your surgery so that more tissue can be separated and reshaped.
Anchor Breast Lift
An anchor breast lift is a surgical procedure used for breast improvement and rejuvenation. This operation is one of the most extensive recovery methods for the slow breast and most physicians prescribe this method. The most common technique is an anchor breast lift.
What other procedures are often performed at the same time?
One of my aims in surgery is to keep your body balanced. Hence, although most patients point out other areas of concern, sometimes I will suggest another area may need attention to maintain balance.
What does it cost and will private insurance help?
Breast lift surgery is a functional procedure and as such, it can be given an item number but must be before 7 years from the last baby as compared to breast reduction. Therefore, private insurance rebates will apply and this will assist with the overall costs.
Exact costing is highly variable as it depends on your history and circumstances, the hospital used and specifics of the procedure.
If a procedure can be given an item number then rebates will apply. In this scenario, out of pocket costs are typically less than amounts paid for surgery overseas.
A cost guide can be requested from my office on 9126 9218 (+61 8 9126 9218).
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Where can I get more information?
If you have specific questions or wish more information on specific procedures, please contact my office for a complimentary appointment with my nurse / patient liaison officer.