A Breast lift, also known as mastopexy, can make your breasts feel firmer, higher and more youthful-looking. A breast lift can also balance your figure and improve your self-image and confidence.
Breast lift surgery addresses issues of droop by surgically removing excess skin and reshaping the breast for a firmer, more youthful appearance.
Am I a good candidate for Breast Lift?
Women of all ages can undergo breast lift surgery. However, most cosmetic surgeons recommend waiting until breast development has stopped before going under the knife. Many women also postpone surgery until they are finished having children since pregnancy and breast-feeding may affect the results.
Many women elect to go forward with the surgery before having children, knowing that they can address any pregnancy-related changes later.
Good candidates for a breast lift include healthy women bothered by any of the following issues:
- Pendulous breasts with satisfactory volume
- Breasts lacking in firmness
- Breast ptosis (droop) with nipples and areolas pointing downward
- Nipples hanging below the breast crease
Breast lift surgery can also correct issues of breast asymmetry. It is fairly common for one breast to be firmer and better positioned than the other. Although breast lift results tend to be longer lasting in women with smaller breasts, the procedure can offer benefits to women of any breast size.
What should I expect at the consultation?
A personal consultation with your surgeon is the first step for any patient considering a breast lift. We will assess your physical and emotional health, discuss your aesthetic goals, and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Issues you should be prepared to discuss during your breast lift consultation include:
- Medical conditions, both past and present
- Current medications, including nutritional supplements and herbal remedies
- Previous surgeries
- Weight loss history and goals
During the consultation, your breasts will be examined on their size, shape, skin elasticity and nipple position. We may also take photographs and measurements for your medical record.
The discussion of potential risks and complications is one of the most important aspects of patient consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss these potential complications with you, listen to your safety questions, and offer recommendations on how to minimise your chance of risk.
How is the procedure done?
During the breast lift surgery, the breasts are raised and the nipples are repositioned. The areolas (the dark area surrounding the nipple) may be reduced in size for better proportion. If you’d like to restore lost breast volume as well, implants may be used to increase breast size.
There are many variations to a Breast Lift procedure. The techniques our surgeons use depend upon your individual features and aesthetic goals. The most common method, which offers the most significant lift, involves three incisions: One around the circumference of the areola, another running vertically from the areola to the breast crease and a third incision following the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast.
Through these incisions, your surgeon will remove the excess breast skin and shape the remaining breast tissue. The nipple and areola, which remains attached to the underlying tissue, is then shifted to a higher position. The areola can also be reduced in size for better proportion. Because the nipples and areolas are left intact, nipple sensation and breast-feeding should not be affected.
Are there any safety concerns?
Although thousands of women undergo breast lift surgery each year and experience no major complications, all surgical procedures do carry some degree of risk. It is important you are well informed of these risks when considering this procedure.
How should I prepare for my surgery?
You will be issued pre-operative instructions immediately after you make your decision to proceed. It is important to read and understand these instructions when preparing for surgery in order to ensure the best possible results.
Those instructions may include:
- Refraining from smoking for several weeks before and after surgery
- Avoiding certain medications
- Arranging for help following surgery, such as transport and in-home care for the first 24 hours
- Undergoing a baseline mammogram
What type of anaesthetic is used?
For your comfort and convenience, the procedure will take place under local anaesthetic with intravenous sedation or under general anaesthetic. We will carefully monitor your physical status throughout the operation and during your recovery.
What is the recovery time?
Within the first week
- You will begin to move about more comfortably
- You may feel up to resuming some non-strenuous work
- Your dressings will be removed
After several weeks
- Swelling and bruising will diminish
- All stitches will have been removed
- Nipple sensation will gradually improve
- You may resume most normal activities, including light exercise
After a few months
- Your breasts will start to settle into a more natural shape
- Incision lines will begin to fade
What results should I expect?
After they have had time to heal, firmer, more youthful-looking breasts will start to emerge. This should happen within a few weeks of the breast lift surgery. You should see improvements in their level of lift and the nipple position will offer a perkier look. Adjustments to the areola size may also offer a more pleasing proportion. Scarring will fade significantly over time and are easily concealed beneath clothing, swimsuits and tank tops.
In most cases, your new breast shape should remain for many years to come. Factors such as weight fluctuation or subsequent pregnancies, however, can affect the longevity of the results. Over time, the effects of gravity may change the shape or your breasts once again. If this happens, you may choose to undergo a second breast lift procedure to help restore a more youthful contour.
Follow-up visits are important to answer any questions you may have and monitor your healing process. Your first post-operative visit will be scheduled after the initial healing period, during the first few days after surgery. In the following months, we may ask you to return for periodic check ups. Keeping these appointments is important to assessing your long-term results and address any questions or concerns you may have.