Breast Uplift Surgery performed by Dr Mark Doyle, Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Pregnancy, nursing, and the effects of age can cause breasts to lose volume, sag, and change shape. Breast lift surgery or mastopexy lifts and reshapes sagging breasts, making them firmer and improving their shape. It is also often combined with other procedures such as having a lift with implants to add volume to the breast.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?
You may be a good candidate for a breast lift if your breasts are drooping, if you’re at a stable weight, are a healthy non-smoker and are bothered by the position, loss of shape and/or volume in your breasts. Breast Lift Surgery may be a good option for you if you:
- Would like perkier, more elevated and youthful-looking breasts
- Would like to lift the nipple position and remedy sagging breasts
- Are happy with the size of your breasts but would like them to be elevated and firmer
To be considered a good candidate for breast lift surgery you must have realistic expectations about the results of your surgery.
Breast lift surgery aims to:
- Lift the nipple so it no longer points downwards or falls below the crease of the breast
- Create symmetry of your breasts
- Reverse stretched or sagging breast tissue
- Correct elongated and flattened breasts
- Reverse deflation of the breast caused by weight loss, pregnancy or breastfeeding
Benefits of Breast Lift surgery
- Breast lift surgery lifts the breast to be positioned more centrally, higher as well as firmer on the chest.
- Mastopexy repositions and/or resizes your nipples to suit your breast proportions
- Breast uplift restores your breasts to their original appearance before effects of pregnancy, weight changes, breastfeeding, ageing and gravity.
- Gives the appearance of more volume and projection without the need for breast implants.
Breast Lift Before and Afters
Breast Lift After Pregnancy
For many female patients, their breasts are a common area of concern, particularly follwoing pregnancy. Breast laxity can be caused by a number of factors, including weight loss, weight gain, pregnancy or nursing. The medical term for this condition is ptosis, and there are different grades of ptosis from mild to moderate to severe.
The good news? A breast lift will help restore your breasts to a more natural and youthful shape and location and also includes a nipple lift if required. The breast lift procedure is can be performed with or without the inclusion of implants. And, we’ll compare the pair.
For women who experienced stretched breasts as well as loose tummy skin following pregnancy, a Mummy makeover also provides a good body contouring option. This procedure combines Breast Lift (with/without implants) and Tummy Tuck surgery. You can see Mommy Makeover before and after images here.
Options for Sagging Breasts
Breast Lift Without Implants
When patients have a generous amount of ptotic breast tissue, they usually seek to have it elevated back to a normal position. In these cases, Dr Doyle will generally perform mastopexy without implants. Once some skin is removed, the breasts will appear smaller and higher on the chest, resulting in a more natural, youthful look.
Breast Lift With Implants
In cases where the patient has ptosis, but has very little breast tissue, Dr Doyle will suggest Breast Lift with Implants surgery. The mastopexy/lift will be done in order to elevate the breast tissue and then implants will be used to add shape, projection and volume to the breasts. We often see this with women who have nursed their children, and in those who have lost a significant amount of weight at some point. It’s also common in women who have always had a smaller breast volume.
In the end, it’s your choice whether you have a breast lift with implants or without them. Dr Mark is here to guide you through the procedure that’s best for you. Book a consultation to discuss your breast lift options.
What to Expect From a Breast Lift Procedure
The breast lift procedure begins with a circular incision made around the areola (the dark circle of skin surrounding the nipple) and a vertical scar down to the breast crease. This is sometimes referred to as a “lollipop” incision. No horizontal scars are used in this procedure by Dr Doyle to minimise scarring.
“My preferred surgical technique is a lollipop incision for patients requiring a breast lift with or without breast augmentation,” says Dr Mark.
Excess skin and tissue are trimmed away and the remaining skin is tightened and lifted around the newly contoured breast. The nipples will be repositioned to create the most natural-looking results.
Patients will be moved to a recovery room following surgery and will be able to go home a few hours later.
What’s the Recovery Like for Boob Lift Surgery?
A breast lift is considered a safe, effective procedure. The procedure takes 2 to 3 hours to complete under general anaesthetic and is usually day surgery. Most women are able to start driving and return to work within 2 to 3 weeks. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for 6 weeks. Dr Doyle will meet with you following your surgery to determine when you might be able to resume all of your usual activities.
What to Expect After a Breast Lift
There will be some slight post-operative pain and discomfort, which can be managed using oral pain medications. Most patients are able to go home on the same day as their surgery. The sutures that are used are dissolvable, so they won’t need to be removed at a later stage.
Some of the discomfort you may feel include:
- Patchy areas of numbness
- Pain, burning or tingling
- Some asymmetry
All of these are normal signs of healing. Asymmetry occurs because each breast can swell to a different degree.
It may be necessary to wear a compression garment for several weeks after surgery, particularly if you’ve inserted implants. It also helps to sleep in an elevated position to alleviate any swelling. You will receive specific instructions on how to care for your breasts and incision sites to ensure the best outcome.
What Can I Expect in Terms of Results?
You will see a noticeable difference directly after surgery. However, you will need to wait for all swelling to subside and your breasts to settle before you can enjoy the final results. Any scarring will also be prominent for a few months until they start to fade. It’s not uncommon to experience a reduction in bra size after your procedure. This is only because your breasts are now firmer and rounder. Unfortunately, your breast lift results won’t be permanent. Over time, your skin will become less elastic, which can result in sagging. If your breasts become larger over time, it can also cause the skin to stretch.
Will Medicare and Private Health Cover Breast Lift Surgery?
The breast lift is an ideal procedure for women with breasts of any size. This procedure is considered medical in some circumstances and can attract Medicare rebates. There are certain criteria that need to be met first though, including significant droop experienced after childbirth. Photographs need to be submitted to Medicare for approval and this will be organised by Gold Coast Plastic Surgery after your initial consultation with Dr Doyle.
Cosmetic Breast Lift Surgery
The difference between a cosmetic breast lift and one that’s deemed medically necessary depends on your specific circumstances. Clients who want to undergo a breast lift for purely aesthetic reasons are getting cosmetic breast lift surgery.
A breast lift is often combined with other procedures. For example, many women with large breasts opt to have a breast reduction at the same time. This includes a lift. If you suffer from problems associated with your large, heavy and saggy breasts, you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate for your reduction and lift surgery. If you have small, sagging breasts that have lost volume over the years, a breast lift with implants will enhance the size and firmness of your breasts by lifting them to a higher position. This will typically not attract a Medicare rebate unless the sagging is significant.
Breast Lift Surgery with Implants
Breast lift with implants surgery is one of the most common operations performed by Dr Doyle. This is generally required by women who have breastfed their children and as a result, have lost breast volume, which led to sagging. Women who have lost a significant amount of weight are also good candidates for this procedure.
Some surgeons do this as a two-stage procedure. However, Dr Doyle prefers to perform both procedures during one surgery to reduce recovery time.
During your initial consultation, you will learn more about your breast implant options and decide on size and placement.
Mastopexy Frequently Asked Questions
Does All Mastopexy Surgery Include a Nipple Lift?
Yes, a nipple lift is part of the procedure to lift the breasts. By lifting the nipple along with the breast tissue, the result is a natural bust that is proportionate to the entire body. Nipples will be lifted and centred and can also be reshaped if required.
How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost on the Gold Coast?
The final cost of a breast lift is dependent on several factors, including whether or not you want to insert implants. Surgeon, anaesthetist and hospital fees will also be added to the final cost. As previously mentioned, it is possible for this surgery to attract a Medicare rebate but Dr Doyle can advise you on this during your consultation. To receive a more accurate estimate of what you can expect to spend on breast lift surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr Doyle.
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Are there any risks associated with breast lift surgery?
There are very few risks associated with breast lift surgery. Over the years, surgical techniques have advanced to a point where they are quite safe, provided they are performed by a qualified surgeon in an approved hospital. Dr Doyle performs all major surgery at John Flynn Private Hospital near the Coolangatta airport.
When it comes to surgery, you should be aware of all the potential risks and complications associated with going under the knife. With the appropriate planning and preparation, these risks can be minimised.
During your consultation with Dr Doyle, he will go through the procedure with you and determine if you are an ideal candidate for a breast lift. Additionally, the potential risks and complications will be explained to you, as well as how you can minimise them.
How much scarring should I expect after surgery?
The incisions that are made during your surgery are thin but you will be left with red, raised lines after your procedure. As the wounds heal, the scars will fade to a light pink and then to white and hopefully, flatten out. This process can take several months. Breast lifts that involve incisions around the areola are the easiest to conceal under swimwear and underwear. To avoid making your scars worse, it’s important to adhere to Dr Doyle’s specific aftercare instructions. This will include avoiding heavy lifting, tanning and exfoliating or scrubbing the skin too soon after surgery. There are also specific scar management techniques such as massage and products such as silicone sheets that can help keep scarring to a minimum.
Supplements that can boost skin health are also recommended to improve healing and reduce scarring after surgery. The Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Ultimate Pack is recommended by Dr Doyle for healing and can be taken before and after undergoing surgery. It can be purchased from the clinic at the time of your consultation.
How will I need to prep for a breast lift procedure?
A consultation and physical examination will be required prior to your procedure. This could also include a few lab tests. Dr Doyle will evaluate your medical history and any medication or supplements you’re currently taking to rule out any potential complications. It’s advisable that you stop smoking several weeks before your procedure and maintain a healthy lifestyle – this will aid your recovery.
Any medications that could cause excess bleeding and bruising may need to be avoided for a week prior to surgery. It’s also best to arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital due to the effects of the anaesthetic. If you want to make your recovery easier, have your prescribed medication and anything else you need ready at home. Many patients also find that setting up a recovery area prior to surgery ensures that things run smoothly once they get home.
Book a Consultation
To learn more about breast lift surgery, or to book a consultation, please contact our practice today.