At a Glance
If you have had dramatic weight loss or a pregnancy, you may have noticed that you have lost weight and volume in your breasts. This can make the breasts appear saggy and make you appear older. This can often be detrimental to your self-esteem and confidence.
For women who want to improve the aesthetics of their breasts, there are numerous surgical procedures. However, sometimes just one procedure will not achieve the desired outcome. For those who are wishing to have more youthful, prominent breasts, you may wish to combine a breast enlargement and an uplift and undergo this in the one procedure.
A breast enlargement and uplift involves inserting silicone implants into the breasts. The position of the breasts are then lifted, so they will sit higher than they would with an enlargement procedure alone.
Breast enlargement alone may leave women with breasts which are larger but still appear droopy. An uplift will make the breasts appear firmer, but may not be considered to be big enough as the size will not increase.
A breast enlargement and uplift is a suitable procedure for those who have lost volume in the breasts, and who also want to increase the size rather than just the position. You will be able to measure whether or not you have lost volume by the positioning of the nipple. If your nipple is at the level of the fold of your breast, or below this, you would have lost volume in the upper area of the chest and will be considered an appropriate candidate for this procedure.
In addition to this, to undergo a breast enlargement and uplift, you will need to:
- Be 18 years or older
- Be physically and mentally healthy
- Have reasonable expectations about what the procedure can achieve
- Be undertaking the procedure for the right reasons
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Prior to the surgical procedure, you will be required to attend a consultation with one of our surgeons. The surgeon will be able to assess whether you are an appropriate candidate for breast enlargement and uplift, or whether you should just have one of the procedures on their own. The consultation will also give you the opportunity to decide on the size of your implants, and try on a bra with sample implants. You will be able to choose the size, style and placement of the implants. The surgeon will be able to advise if the size is too large, as large implants can result in edges that are visible following the procedure. You will also be made aware of the potential risks of travelling overseas for this procedure.
The procedure will be performed under Centre for Surgery’s ClearSleep™ anaesthetic. This means you will be asleep for the duration of the procedure. However, unlike other general anaesthetics, ClearSleep™ does not involve the use of any breathing machines and tubes and will leave you feeling better following the procedure, speeding up the initial recovery period.
The procedure is performed as outpatient surgery. This means you will be able to return home once the effects of the general anaesthetic have worn off, and you will be able to recover in the comfort of your own home.
There are numerous surgical methods for an enlargement and uplift. The type which is suitable for you will vary depending on the appearance of your breasts and your end goal.
The various surgical methods include:
- Classic lift and augmentation: this is a common way for performing a lift and augmentation. This involves the surgeon making a pocket for where the breast implant will go and inserting the implant. Depending on your choice, the implant will either be above or below the muscle. The surgeon will also make an incision which will go around the areola and then vertically down to the base of the breasts. This allows for excess skin to be removed, muscles to be tightened, and the breast is lifted
- Augmentation and periareolar mastopexy: this is suitable for those who lack volume and tone in the breasts. This often occurs after pregnancy or weight loss. This procedure involves an incision around the areola. Another oval-shaped incision will be made further out, and the skin in between will be removed. The remaining skin is then stitched together, which will allow the breast to tightened and lifted.
- Periareolar mastopexy with augmentation for pointed breasts: this method will help you to achieve a better breast shape.
- Lift, augmentation and correction of nipple, areola and breast asymmetry: this is suitable for women who have breasts which are different sizes. Different sized implants are able to be used to correct the asymmetry of the breasts.
- Structural mastopexy with implants: this technique is suitable for those who need a large level of lifting. This method will be able to increase the volume at the upper part of the breasts, while also using multi-level anchoring to help maintain the lift.
You can expect to experience some swelling, bruising and minor discomfort following the breast enlargement and uplift. This will subside after the first few weeks but may take up to two months to completely go away. You will have to wear a compression garment, which will help to support your breasts and reduce any swelling.
You will have to avoid any strenuous physical activity, including heavy lifting, for six to eight weeks. After this point, you will be able to go back to your normal day to day routine.
As the surgery involves incisions, you will have scars on your breasts. These will appear more prominent directly after the procedure. With time the scars will fade in colour and size and become less visible. While the scars will remain partially visible, they will be as small as possible and will be able to be concealed by underwear and swimwear.
Should I have a breast enlargement, uplift or both procedures?Prior to surgery, one of the biggest questions is which is the right procedure for you – an enlargement, an uplift, or a combination of both?
This will really depend on the current appearance of your breasts and your desired outcome.
An enlargement will involve the placement of an implant to increase the size of your breasts, while an uplift will lift the breasts to make them sit higher without increasing the size. If your breasts are lacking volume and have nipples that are sitting on the fold or below, you may be suitable for a breast enlargement and uplift.
Am I a good candidate for an enlargement and uplift?You will be a suitable candidate for an enlargement and uplift if you are not only wanting to increase the volume of your breasts but are also wanting to improve the position.
During a consultation, your surgeon will be able to assess whether or not you are a suitable candidate.
What does the surgery involve?A breast enlargement and uplift involves the insertion of an implant to increase the size, the removal of excess skin and tissue and the lift of the breasts.
What anaesthetic will be used?A breast enlargement and uplift will be performed under a general anaesthetic known as ClearSleep™. This means you will be asleep for the duration of your procedure.
What will the recovery period be like?It is normal to experience swelling, bruising and some minor discomfort. This will generally last at least two weeks but may take up to two months to completely fade.
Will I have scars?As the surgery involves several incisions, you will have scars. These will fade over time and become less prominent, however, they will still be visible.
Will I have to wear a compression garment?You will need to wear a compression garment during your recovery period. This will not only help to support the breasts but will also help to avoid any fluid build up.
Your surgeon will be able to help you purchase the correct garment and will give you advise on how long you will need to wear it for.
How long will I have to avoid exercise?You will need to avoid exercise and heavy lifting for six weeks. This will help to avoid any damage to the breasts and the incision areas.
When can I return to work?You will have to take a few days off work; some people may feel the need to take up to one week off work. This will vary from person to person and depend on the type of work you are doing.