A breast lift, also called Mastopexy, raises and re-contours loose, sagging breasts.
You may decide you would like a breast lift because you have lost tone in your breasts after having children. Another frequent reason for having this procedure is the loss of a significant amount of weight.
A breast lift or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that restores the youthful contour of the chest by reshaping and lifting the breasts.
It is important to note that while a breast lift can firm and enhance the appearance of the breasts, it will not increase the natural size of the chest. This is done through breast augmentation, which is a procedure involving the insertion of implants, which can be combined with a breast lift.
A breast lift is suitable for women that have lost tone and have experienced sagging skin on their breasts due to pregnancy, weight loss or age. Using an incision technique, the breasts are reshaped and any excess skin is removed, while the nipple and areola are repositioned. In addition, the areolae can be reduced in size if they have become stretched.
Before the breast lift procedure, every patient will undergo an evaluation and consultation process with Dr Scamp. After a discussion of the desired breast shape and an examination of the elasticity of the skin and position of the areolae, Dr Scamp will recommend the preferred incision technique that will be used for the most natural results.
There are several incision techniques that can be used, but the most common breast lift procedure will involve encircling the areola and creating an incision extending down the breast in a vertical line, as well as horizontally underneath the breast. The preferred incision technique will depend on the individual patient and this will be discussed at length during the consultation process.
In addition, patients have the opportunity to ask any questions or voice any queries relating to a breast lift or the surgical procedure itself. This is when a breast augmentation can be discussed with Dr Scamp if patients seek firmer and fuller breasts, as well as the reshaping and lifting from a breast lift. The risks involved in a breast lift will also be discussed thoroughly with the patient prior to consent for surgery.
As a breast lift involves surgery, a patient will go under a general anaesthetic for a pain-free procedure. Before going into surgery, Dr Scamp will mark where the incision lines will be onto the breasts, following the technique that was discussed in the consultation.
In order to improve the appearance of the patient’s chest, Dr Scamp will make incisions into the lower portion of the breasts. This will allow them to reshape the breast tissue and remove any excess, sagging skin. In addition, the nipples and areolae will be moved to a higher and more youthful position on the breasts. If the patient has experienced areolae enlargement and stretching over time, a breast lift will enable them to be reduced down again. The skin around the breasts will be tightened before the incisions are closed up with stitches. From start to finish, breast lift surgery normally lasts around two hours.
After the patient wakes up from breast lift surgery, the incisions will be covered by a protective dressing that promotes healthy healing and prevents infection. It is normal to experience some swelling and discolouration in the breasts straight after surgery, but this will gradually decrease over the next few weeks. It can also be common to have decreased breast sensation, but this will also correct itself naturally as the weeks progress. Pain relief can be issued to increase patient comfort post-surgery.
It will be necessary for patients to wear a special supportive bra after having breast lift surgery. This will minimize the swelling and make sure that the breasts heal properly in the correct position. Dr Scamp will advise each patient on how long they should wear the supportive bra for. This can be for approximately six to 12 weeks. Patients can normally return to light activities and work within one week, with exercise slowly introduced over the coming weeks after surgery.
The results of a breast lift can be seen immediately, but it can take several months for enhancement to be fully appreciated. The incision lines can leave scarring on the breasts, however, some of the lines will be hidden by the natural contours of the breast and others will fade over time.
A breast lift can reveal a more youthful appearance, restoring natural breast height and shape. The procedure of reshaping and lifting the breasts can enhance the firmness and natural contour, without increasing chest size. This will remove loose skin and correct drooping breasts.
If you would like to find out more about having a breast lift and what it can do for you, you can arrange a consultation with Dr Terrence Scamp today by contacting our Brisbane or Gold Coast clinics.
A breast lift improves the appearance of your breasts in several ways. It elevates your breast tissue, removes excess skin from the lower portion of your breast and then reshapes your remaining breast skin. At the same time, it relocates your nipple and areola (the pigmented skin surrounding your nipple) to a higher position. If your areolae have stretched over time, they can be reduced in size. Women who have their breasts lifted may decide to also have them enlarged. If this is the case, an implant is placed behind the chest muscle.
A commonly performed breast lift technique uses incisions that follow your breast’s natural contour. The resulting scar, which is permanent but will fade to some extent over time, encircles the areola and then extends vertically down the breast and horizontally along the crease underneath the breast. There are other breast lift techniques that may eliminate the horizontal incision, the vertical incision, or both. The use of any particular pattern of incisions depends on individual patient factors and Dr Scamp’s recommendation.
Following surgery, your incisions will be covered by a dressing. Swelling and discolouration are to be expected but will gradually subside. You may experience decreased breast or nipple sensation, which is usually temporary. You should be able to return to work within a week.
When breast augmentation and lift are performed simultaneously, there is a raised risk of revisional surgery being required. It may be recommended in an individual case that these procedures be performed six months apart. This is due to the conflicting nature of these two procedures.
Dr Scamp will explain the surgical procedure, risks, recovery time and answer all of your questions at your initial consultation at his Gold Coast clinic.