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
Dr Chinsee performs 3 types of breast lifts determined by the severity of sag or ‘ptosis’. Crescent, Benelli, or a Full Mastopexy. If you suspect you require a breast lift please visit out photo assessment page for a complimentary quote.
- Crescent. Indicated for patients with mild ptosis. Involves removal of a crescent shaped piece of breast tissue above the areola, and resuturing tissue into a higher position.
- Benelli: Indicated for patients with mild to moderate ptosis. It involves removal of a donut shaped piece of breast tissue from the periareola (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 3 incisions which are shaped like an anchor.
Breast Lift with use of Breast Implants
Although a Breast Lift can reposition the breast tissue, it cannot restore lost volume. Many women chose to have breast implants inserted as well. This is usually done in the same procedure, however in certain cases it is best to undergo two separate operations.
Breast Lift Surgery
The procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic (you will be put to sleep) at our day hospital facility. Once you have been admitted, the procedure takes around 1 – 3 hours to complete - depending on the type of lift performed. Dr Chinsee will reshape underlying tissue and excess skin which reshapes the breast and lifts it into its new position. The nipple and areola may be repositioned or reduced in size if required. You will spend another 2 -3 hours waking up in recovery before you are discharged home.
Recovery From a Breast Lift
Most patients describe the pain as mild aches which is usually controlled with oral pain medication prescribed by Dr Chinsee.
You will experience swelling and bruising after your procedure, and be required to wear a compression bra. Patients are advised to take 1-2 weeks off work, and can usually resume all normal activities (gym work) by 6 weeks. Major swelling usually subsides by 3 months, and the final result will be noticeable after 6 - 12 months.
Scarring From a Breast Lift
Scarring depends on extent of the work performed. Incisions are discretely placed to minimise scar visibility. Most scarring will fade over time with appropriate postoperative care.
The Cost of a Breast Lift
Dr Chinsee's prices are fully inclusive to cover all fees associated with your procedure. Consultation fee & additional sizing appointment fees, surgeon’s fee, hospital & anaesthetic fees, implant fee, keller funnel, postoperative surgical bra, contact with a Registered Nurse after your appointment, follow up postoperative appointments for 1 year. The only item not included are the medications which will be prescribed after your procedure (totaling around $40).
Frequently Asked Questions
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. For a more detailed view please view our Surgical Consent.
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, Dr Chinsee will recommend a Breast Lift based on the severity of ptosis (sagging). Please visit our assessment page for a complimentary quote.
How soon after pregnancy can I get a Breast Lift?
Dr Chinsee requests that his patients wait 6 months after pregnancy or 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 aging processes, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy.