Many women experience changes in the shape and placement of their breasts due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss and age. These factors, in addition to genetics, loss of skin elasticity, and sun damage, can cause the breasts to sag and the nipples to point downwards.
A breast lift (or mastopexy) is performed when the position of one or both breasts on the chest needs to be altered. The procedure may be recommended for patients who suffer medical conditions such as rashes due to sagging breasts.
The aim of a breast lift is to restore a more youthful, contoured shape to the breast by removing excess skin and repositioning the areolae. A breast lift procedure may often be performed in combination with other procedures to achieve the best result, such as a breast reduction or breast augmentation.
Dr Avery has over a decade of experience in plastic surgery and has been performing breast lifts in Newcastle since 2013.
Breast Lift Consultation
During an initial consultation, Dr Avery will assess your relevant medical history and before going any further, ensure that a breast lift procedure is a safe and appropriate choice for you.
After discussing your individual concerns and deciding on a procedure that is best suited to you, a second consultation before the surgery involves discussing things like recovery time, advice on returning to work, driving and exercise.
Breast Lift Procedure
Breast lift surgery involves removing excess skin, reshaping the breast tissue and tightening the remaining skin. Large areolae may also be reduced during a breast lift.
Different techniques may be used depending on whether the level of breast sagging (or ptosis) is minor, moderate or severe. The four common breast lift techniques are:
The Crescent Technique
The least invasive, this technique involves removing a crescent-shaped area of skin from above the areola. The crescent technique is usually recommended for patients with smaller breasts or minor breast sagging.
The Circumareolar Technique
A circular incision made around the edge of the areola and a second, larger incision around the first. In addition to providing a slight lift, the circumareolar (or “doughnut”) technique can be used to reduce areola size. This technique is appropriate for patients with smaller breasts or minor breast sagging.
The Vertical Technique
Two incisions are made extending around the areola and down the midline of the breast, to achieve a significant lift. This technique is appropriate for patients with larger breasts and moderate to severe breast sagging.
The Anchor Technique
The most common and most invasive, this technique involves three incisions which extend around the areola, down the midline of the breast, and across the lower crease of the breast. This technique is appropriate for patients with larger breasts and severe breast sagging.
An uncomplicated breast lift with no additional procedures will usually last 2–3 hours, with another 1–2 hours for recovery before the patient can go home. Some patients will stay in hospital overnight following surgery.
Breast Lift Recovery
If a patient has undergone another procedure in addition to the breast lift such as an augmentation or reduction, one or two overnight stays in hospital may be required post-surgery to aid with recovery.
As with any operation, the patient will need to organise somebody to drive them home and it is recommended that they have another adult stay with them during the first night after surgery.
There will be some bruising and swelling, which generally subsides about 2 weeks after the surgery. Patients recovering from a breast lift will be required to wear a compression garment for 4–6 weeks to provide support and reduce post-operative pain or swelling.
A customised pain relief program will be created for each patient and issued before leaving the hospital. If circumstances change at any stage during the recovery period, then the pain medication can certainly be adjusted accordingly.
Breast Lift Scars
Scarring from a breast lift will depend on the surgical technique used and any additional procedures performed, such as a breast augmentation. Most scars will generally fade to thin white lines in a matter of months, depending on the patient’s skin type.
Breast Lift FAQ's
What is a breast lift?
Also referred to as a breast mastopexy, this procedure involves reducing excess breast skin and tightening the surrounding breast tissue to help reshape or restore the breast.
Why have a breast lift?
The breasts can undergo changes a result of aging or other factors such as pregnancy and breastfeeding. This can leave the breast tissue and nipples sagging and sitting lower on the chest than they previously did. A breast lift can raise and reshape the breast, removing and tightening excess loose skin.
Will I lose sensation in my nipples?
Loss of sensation is possible with any breast surgery, although nipple sensation typically returns within 6 months for most women. Some women may not have return of the nipple sensation.
How long will my stitches be in?
For most breast surgery dissolving stitches under the skin surface will be used and the dressings are waterproof. The dissolving stitches slowly disappear over 3 to 6 months.
Will I be able to breastfeed?
Any surgery on your breasts can affect your ability to breastfeed in the future. However, many women are able to successfully breastfeed after breast lift surgery.
Avery Plastic Surgery
Suite1, Ground Floor
31-33 Watt Street, Newcastle 2300
Dr Gary Avery
FRACS (Plast Surg) Plastic, Cosmetic, and Reconstructive Surgeon
Call 02 4002 4150
Fax 02 4002 4160
Suite1, Ground Floor
31-33 Watt Street, Newcastle 2300
PO Box 625 Newcastle 2300