A breast lift, also known as Mastopexy, restores sagging breasts to a firmer, more pleasing shape. The operation can be coupled with breast augmentation or breast reduction to achieve the desired results. The return to a more proportionate figure helps many women gain confidence and appeal, along with greater comfort while wearing a swimsuit, bra or revealing clothing. A woman’s breasts can change dramatically after childbirth or simply due to the passing of time and gravity effect. In some cases, underlying muscle tone and structure is weak, and the desire to recapture a more youthful appearance is perfectly natural.
Dr Choy understands that each patient is different with varying desires and wants and therefore a breast lift will be performed according to each individual’s circumstances. In many cases, excess and stretched skin is removed and remaining tissue reshaped. The nipple and areola can also be repositioned, creating an aesthetically pleasing and youthful appearance. A breast lift augmentation can be performed using implants, while a reduction may involve removal of implants. All the options can be discussed during your in-depth consultation with Dr Choy.
Reasons to opt for a breast lift
There is no denying that physical beauty is desirable. When coupled with societal trends that promote bodily perfection as an attainable goal, it’s no surprise that many women feel intimidated and unhappy with their less than perfect appearance. Although dramatic improvement is possible, realistic expectations of surgical outcomes are also important. Beauty takes many forms, both external and internal, but starting with the physical is often the fastest way to achieve greater self-confidence. There are several common reasons that drive a woman to choose breast lift surgery.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: For many women, pregnancy signals the beginning of unwanted changes to their breast shape. Breasts that have stretched or sagged can be restored, with or without implants.
- Counteracting weight loss changes: Weight gain is coupled with increased fatty tissue. Weight loss is the reverse, often resulting in breasts that lose volume and firmness. A breast lift will restore proportion by removing excess skin.
- Sagging breasts at a young age: For some women, muscle tone is not strong and breasts can begin drooping even during their teenage years. A breast lift can achieve the desired appearance.
There are several additional considerations to evaluate your suitability for a breast lift. Nipples that point downward are often a sign of sagging. In this case, breast tissue can be repositioned to create forward facing nipples. Ideally, your nipple and areola shouldn’t sit lower than the crease underneath your breast. A breast lift is also a great solution for asymmetrical breasts, and will result in a more balanced and normal appearance. It’s important to note however, that the great majority of women have one breast slightly larger than the other, and surgery isn’t always advisable or even necessary.
Choosing the right surgeon
Above all other considerations, this is the one that will result in the best outcomes. A breast lift is not something that should be undertaken by an amateur. There are several Australian and international associations of plastic and cosmetic surgeons, and choosing a suitably qualified practitioner is an important first step. Dr Ellis Choy is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the International Confederation of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS). Dr Choy is dedicated to providing best patient results, as can be seen in the breast lift before and after photos on this page. A relaxed and confidential consultation with Dr Choy will provide ample information, plus the confidence required for you to take the next step.
Some breast lift procedures
There are several incision techniques used in breast lifts. After careful consideration Dr Choy will inform you of the most suitable option.
- Anchor Lift: Used in situations of considerable sagging, an ‘Anchor’ or Inverted T lift removes sagging tissues and excess skin. Three incisions are made: around the areola edge, from the areola to breast crease, and along the breast crease inframammary fold. This method is also useful in a breast reduction.
- Crescent Lift: An incision is made at the top edge of the areola. This technique is useful for correcting minimal sagging combined with breast augmentation.
- Peri-Areolar Lift: Also known as a ‘Donut’ Lift, this method corrects mild sagging. An incision is made around the areola, with any scarring barely noticeable as it traces the areola edge. A Peri-Areolar Lift is commonly performed in combination with breast augmentation.
- Vertical ‘Lollipop’ Lift: Two incisions are made. One around the areola and another from the areola to the inframammary fold. This method is often used when extensive shaping is required.
Breast lift costs will be determined after a thorough consultation process with Dr Choy, and is dependent on the choice of surgery.
Breast Lift recovery
Although breast lift surgery can seem a daunting prospect, the good news is that the procedure is usually performed within 1-2 hours, with your return home soon after to continue the recovery process. Many patients are able to return to work or regular activities within a week or two, although strenuous activity should be delayed a little longer.
Some initial swelling and pain will inevitably occur. This can be controlled with appropriate medications as prescribed by Dr Choy. When all is said and done, a breast lift is safe, rewarding, relatively convenient, and in many cases completely life-changing.
Breast Lift Without Implants Information Sheet
Download and print out the Breast Lift Without Implants Information Sheet that includes a list of questions to ask Dr Choy during your appointment.