Breast lifts are designed to restore shape and improve volume to the breast tissue. Factors such as pregnancy, breast feeding, weight loss, or just the general effects of aging can all alter the appearance of a woman’s breasts. A breast lift can be performed in conjunction with or without the use of implants – depending on your aesthetic goals. A breast lift can also be used to correct breast asymmetry.
Types of Breast Lifts
The nipple position, ptosis (sag) of the breast, and aesthetic goals of the patient will determine the type of breast lift required:
- Benelli Lift: Indicated for patients with mild ptosis. It involves removal of a donut shaped piece of breast tissue from the periareolar (outer part of the areola). The tissue is resutured, pulling the breast tissue together and tightening the breast.
Full Mastopexy: Indicated for severe ptosis. It involves incisions which are shaped like an anchor.
If you think you may require a breast lift, please visit our complimentary, obligation-free online assessment form. Dr Chinsee will review your pictures and the clinic will provide you with a quote.
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Breast Lift with use of Breast Implants
Although a breast lift can reposition the breast tissue, it cannot restore lost volume, particularly in the upper pole of the breast. Many women chose to undergo a breast lift with insertion of implants to create a full, natural bust. A breast lift and a breast augmentation is usually done in the same procedure. However, if a patient has a large amount of natural breast tissue or severe ptosis, a breast lift and a breast augmentation can be performed as two separate procedures to minimise complications.
Breast Lift Surgery
A breast lift is performed as an inpatient, day procedure, under a general anaesthetic at our private day hospital facility. The procedure takes around 1.5 - 3 hours to complete.
For best results, a breast lift may be combined with other procedures:
Recovery From a Breast Lift
Recovery varies from patient to patient. Most patients describe the pain as mild aches and pressure rather than 'pain'. This discomfort is well controlled with oral pain medication prescribed after the procedure.
Patients are required to have a dressing change at one week and two weeks postoperatively. Out of Town Patients will be provided with a letter containing detailed dressing change instructions to give to their GP if they are unable to attend dressing change appointments at the Brisbane clinic.
The majority of patients should expect to take around one to two weeks off work. Patients with office jobs can usually return to work after one week, however more physically demanding jobs will require a longer recovery period. Patients can usually return to their normal activities, including gym work by six weeks.
Patients will experience swelling and there may be bruising after the procedure. Major swelling usually subsides by three months, and the final results are noticeable at around the one year mark. A compression bra is required to be worn continuously for six weeks after surgery.
Postoperative appointments will be scheduled throughout the following year. These appointments can be conducted via our Virtual Waiting Room or in person at our Brisbane clinic.
Scarring From a Breast Lift
Scarring depends on extent of the breast lift performed. Incisions are discretely placed to minimise scar visibility. Most scarring will fade over time with appropriate postoperative care.
Please visit Scarring After Surgery for more information.
The Cost of a Breast Lift
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Prices are fully inclusive to cover all fees associated with a breast lift, including: Surgeon’s fee, hospital & anaesthetic fees, implant fee, Keller funnel, postoperative garments, emergency contact with a registered nurse, and one year of postoperative appointments.
What are complication and risks of a breast lift?
All surgeries carry associated complications and risks. Including: bleeding, infection, reaction to anaesthesia, changes in breast or nipple sensation, nerve damage, breast asymmetry. Please request a copy of our breast lift information sheet and surgical consent for more information.
Will a breast lift make breasts smaller?
In some cases, the breasts may appear slightly smaller once the excess skin has been surgical removed, and the breasts have been lifted into their new position.
What breast lift is best?
There is no ‘best’ breast lift and the extent of the breast lift required is based upon nipple position, severity of ptosis (sagging), and personal aesthetic goals.
How soon after pregnancy can I get a breast lift?
Patients are required to wait a minimum of six months after pregnancy or six months after finishing breast feeding. It is recommended that women wait until they have finished having children.
How long will results from a breast lift last?
A breast lift is a long-term surgical solution to breast ptosis (sagging). However, your breasts will still change due to natural ageing processes, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy.