At a Glance
Have you been pregnant or breastfeeding and have found your breasts now appear more flat, hollow or saggier? Do you feel like your breasts have changed appearance simply as you’re ageing?
A breast lift, otherwise known as a mastopexy, lifts the breast, removes excess skin and tightens the surrounding tissue. While a breast lift does not make the breasts any bigger in size, it does make the breasts feel firm and can appear more youthful.
As a result of degeneration of the breast tissue (medically known as breast ptosis), the breasts will appear hollow, flat or stretched out. The effects will vary depending on the shape and size of your breast and may be more noticeable with those who have larger breasts. This occurs naturally as you age, but can also occur due to factors such as breastfeeding, pregnancy, genetics, and lifestyle choices. This can often negatively impact women’s self-esteem, confidence and body image. The solution for this is a breast lift.
There are a variety of breast lifts which you can choose from, which include minimally invasive procedures or major surgical options.
The breast lift aims to make the breasts sit higher, increase their firmness and look more youthful.
You will be an ideal candidate for this procedure if you feel your breasts are lacking volume or are sagging as a result of factors such as weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or just simply from ageing.
A breast lift focuses on tightening the breast to limit sagging, causing the breasts to sit in a more natural position. Unlike other breast procedures, a breast lift will not alter the size, shape or fullness of the breasts. If you are interested in this, breast augmentation or breast reduction surgery may be more suitable.
If you are considered to be a good candidate for a breast lift, you may wish to explore the finance options we have available.
Prior to undergoing a breast lift, you will need to have a consultation with one of our surgeons. They will be able to take a full medical history from you, as well as assess your suitability for this procedure.
The breast lift can be performed in one of two ways: the periareolar lift, or the vertical lift. These techniques will ensure you achieve the desired results while having minimal scarring.
When deciding on which technique you should choose, you will need to think about a number of things, including:
- The size and shape of your breasts
- How much lift will be required
- How much skin elasticity you have
- Your preferences
A breast lift will be completed under general anaesthetic, so you will not be awake for the procedure. It is performed as an outpatient surgery, so you will be able to return home once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
After the surgery, you will be able to notice the breasts appear fuller. However, final results will not be visible until swelling has completely gone down.
If you wish, you can combine a breast augmentation and a breast lift, and undergo a procedure known as an augmentation mastopexy. This is a good option for women who want to address both the lack of shape in the breasts, as well as the level of sagging. Women who have asymmetry, who only require slight correction or have been pregnant, are considered good candidates for this procedure.
Prior to undergoing your consultation and procedure, make sure you understand the risks of travelling abroad for cosmetic surgery.
After the surgery, you will feel some pain and discomfort. While the surgeon will use nerve blocks to assist, this will eventually wear off. You will find you will be able to shower generally after two days, with the first three days typically being the most painful period of recovery. During this time, you will be advised on which medication you can take to alleviate discomfort.
You will have to avoid any strenuous physical activity for the first three to four weeks, which includes driving. You will need to wear a support bra at all times (except when showering) for the first month.
As surgical incisions have been made, you will be left with scars on your breasts. After the procedure, you will notice these scars appear to be red and sometimes lumpy. However, after the first month, this will reside, and the scars will reduce in size and look white rather than red. Most of these scars will occur around the areola.
However, as this is a surgical procedure, there are some risks, particularly with the scars. Scars can sometimes turn into:
- Hypertrophic scars: these will appear red, and will generally only occur
- Keloid scars: this occurs when scars heal too quickly and may occur at areas other than the incision site
- Capsular contracture: this is an internal lining from scar tissue that forms around a breast implant. This will make the implant tighter and may cause it to be misshapen.
Am I the ideal candidate for a breast lift?The procedure is mostly preferred by women who have lost the volume and shape of their breasts after pregnancy, weight-loss or ageing.
How should I prepare for a breast lift procedure?You should stop all medications that can increase the risk of bleeding after your procedure.
You should use an antiseptic solution to wash in prior to your procedure to reduce the risk of infection.
How is breast lift surgery performed?At Centre for Surgery, our surgeons specialise in two techniques; periareolar and vertical breast lifts.
How long does a breast lift procedure take?The procedure takes 1.5 hours on average.
What is the recovery period like?Expect post-operative pain for the first three days but can be reduced with pain medications, and normal activities can be resumed after the first week following your surgery. However, extensive activities should be avoided for 3-4 weeks.
How much time will I need to take off work?This will vary from person to person and will depend on your own recovery, as well as what type of work you do. If you work in an office you may be able to return to work sooner than someone who had a physically intensive job.
You may need to take at least four to five days off work. During this period dressings will be removed and you will instead wear a compression bra.
When can I resume my normal activities after a breast lift?You should avoid all strenuous activities after breast lift surgery.
Most women can return to work after one week of recovery at home.
What are the age restrictions for breast lift surgery?There is no upper age restriction on who can have a breast lift. Prospective patients must be in good health and have realistic expectations before surgery.
Does breast lift surgery leave scars?All breast lift surgery will leave scars. The surgeon will do his very best to minimise the appearance of any scars following breast lift surgery.
Can breast lift surgery correct asymmetry?Breast lift surgery can improve breast asymmetry but perfect symmetry cannot be achieved in any woman. Some cases may require breast implants to correct the asymmetry.
Can I combine breast lift with breast augmentation?Yes, both procedures can be combined ideally for those with deflated breasts after pregnancy, small level of correction or treating asymmetry required.
Does a breast lift impact breastfeeding?A breast lift will carry the risk of impacting your ability to breastfeed.
If you are planning on having more children in the future and wish to breastfeed, please discuss this with the surgeon during your consultation. This may alter the surgical method used during your procedure. This will help to minimise any risk to your breastfeeding ability.
What are the risks of a breast lift?As with every surgical procedure, a breast lift procedure has risks.
Rare risks include:
- More noticeable or prominent scars than anticipated
- Decrease in sensation
- Interference with circulation to the nipple
- Seroma or hematoma which will require draining
- Poor wound healing
Following your surgeon’s pre and post-operative care instructions will help to minimise your chance of any complications occurring.